The topics discussed in this law-school study outline include territorial (personal) jurisdiction (including venue and forum non conveniens) and subject-matter jurisdiction (covering diversity jurisdiction, federal-question jurisdiction, removal and supplemental jurisdiction). The Summary provides an accessible explanation of the Erie doctrine and federal common law. It introduces contemporary doctrine on pleadings (including counterclaims, crossclaims, amendments and supplemental pleadings) and joinder of parties (including joinder and class actions). Coverage also includes discovery. There is a full chapter addressing summary judgment. Another chapter covers pretrial conferences, settlement-promotion devices, and the increasingly important topic of arbitration. The trial chapter covers the right to jury trial, trial motions, jury instruction and arguments, and post-verdict motions. There are also chapters on appeals and preclusion (both claim and issue preclusion). The Summary begins with an extensive Capsule Summary of all the topics covered, and also includes Review Questions keyed to the outline's coverage, and sample essay questions and answers. Throughout the outline, there are also Exam Tips and charts to summarize and explain the material.

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Imprint: Gilbert
Series: Gilbert Law Summaries
Publication Date: 07/14/2022

Richard L. Marcus, UC College of the Law, San Francisco

Thomas D. Rowe Jr., University of California-L.A. School of Law

Steven S. Gensler, University of Oklahoma Law Center


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  • This edition reflects the latest developments in all of the covered areas.
  • Careful treatment of the personal-jurisdiction implications of the Supreme Court's Ford Motor Co. decision from 2021.
  • Expanded and thorough treatment of the important topic of arbitration.
  • Updated handling of the pleading issues presented by the Supreme Court's Twombly and Iqbal decisions.

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