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This book differs from other Civil Procedure casebooks in several ways.

  • A new feature uses a “modular” approach, enabling you to choose from “long” (paper) and “short” (electronic) versions of several chapters (including pleading, jurisdiction, and Erie).
  • Because of time constraints, several topics are in electronic formats only (including advanced joinder, alternate dispute resolution, and full-faith and credit). YOU have the option to select the depth of coverage for these topics.
  • Extensive problems and exercises encourage the student to read and apply the actual rule rather than a court's paraphrasing of that rule.
  • Extensive notes materials supplement the cases and problems.
  • The overall result = a very teachable book for you, as well as a useful long-term desk reference for your students.

Imprint: West Academic Publishing
Series: American Casebook Series
Publication Date: 04/01/2016

John T. Cross, University of Louisville School of Law

Leslie W. Abramson, University of Louisville School of Law

Ellen E. Deason, Ohio State University College of Law


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This Fourth Edition of the casebook represents a radical change in format from the prior three. Recognizing the ongoing trend to reduce the first-year Procedure course to 4- or 5- hours, the new edition is structured in a “modular” format. Not all schools teach a 4- or 5-hour course the same way, and so the professor needs flexibility concerning both what to cover and the depth of coverage. The modular format provides that flexibility. The paper book is only part of the total package. The book is supplemented by two sets of electronic materials (all of which are printed in the Teachers Manual and freely available online to all adopters). First, some topics such as advanced joinder, alternate dispute resolution, and full faith and credit are set out in electronic-format only. However, the paper book does reference these topics in the Table of Contents. Second, we also provide alternate “condensed” versions of materials that many might elect not to cover in depth in a course of fewer than 6 hours (including jurisdiction, Erie, and pleading). Professors may combine the paper and electronic versions to tailor a course to their particular needs. Use of electronic materials (which can be distributed electronically at no cost) also reduces the cost of the book to students. In addition, in schools offering upper-level Procedure courses (including Conflicts), the “longer” versions of the chapters can be used in those courses.

In addition to this fundamental restructuring, the 4th edition also includes other noteworthy changes, including dividing pleading into two separate chapters and significant updates to the cases and other materials. A number of the older cases have been replaced by more recent decisions, especially more recent Supreme Court cases. Numerous additional notes (or parts of notes) discuss other recent developments and interesting issues.

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