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Rule 68 Offers of Judgment: The Practices and Opinions of Experienced Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination Attorneys Thomas A. Eaton

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Eaton, Thomas A., "Rule 68 Offers of Judgment: The Practices and Opinions of Experienced Civil Rights and Employment
Discrimination Attorneys" (2007). Popular Media. Paper 4.
http://digitalcommons.law.uga.edu/fac_pm/4


Eaton, Thomas A., "Rule 68 Offers of Judgment: The Practices and Opinions of Experienced Civil Rights and Employment
Discrimination Attorneys" (2007). Popular Media. Paper 4.
http://digitalcommons.law.uga.edu/fac_pm/4

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Rule 68 Oers of Judgment: Te Practices andOpinions of Experienced Civil Rights andEmployment Discrimination Aorneys
Tomas A. Eaton
University of Georgia School of Law
 , teaton@uga.edu
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Eaton, Tomas A., "Rule 68 Oers of Judgment: Te Practices and Opinions of Experienced Civil Rights and EmploymentDiscrimination Aorneys" (2007).
 Popular Media.
Paper 4.hp://digitalcommons.law.uga.edu/fac_pm/4
 
4Advocate
The practices and opinions of experienced civil rightsand employment discrimination attorneys
By Hosch Professor Thomas A. Eaton and Mercer University School of Law’s George Professor Harold S. Lewis Jr.
Editor’s Note: This is an abridged version of an article that will be published in a forthcoming issue of  
F Ru D.
Rule 68 Offers of Judgment:
 uub Ru 68   FRu  C Pu,  ju  -  u - bu   u  b    . Tp xp   p  Ru 68   p u     k    p  pp u   pu.I b ,   ju p p   p’ u  p  -b . U  x  F Ru C Pu 68,  p   -u     “” bb 28 U.S.C. § 1920
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 u b b b  p p,   p   ’ p-    k.S,   pu  p b b x  Ru 68   u          - b             k,   p  b u  j,   ju.I    k ,   up  Ru 68  p            1937.T , ,       Ru 68   p b  u  u  pu -u –  u u  u’   p  b .I  1985 p 
 Marek v. Chesny 
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, Sup Cu   Ru 68 “”   p “  p   ”  pp  42 U.S.C. § 1988,   C R A’F A A  1976. T u u-z   ’   p p   bu u   u,       p      p’  u  u u.U
 Marek 
,  p  j  Ru 68   p    u  x        u b bu  p- ’    p-   p u  b u    u. W   ub   - u   p  “ p  ” u up 
 Marek 
 ,   buk  p - qu   u  u     p  .Nb,   up u - u    ,
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TVII   C R A  1964
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  ub  - u. A  
 Marek 
 ,   Ru 68 u    -  u   Ru 68  u   puu .Sp,   pu  - u u k , -b  ju; p, u  -      p   (’ ), u  -p  p  u  u   ppu  uu   u   pbb  u  u;   p u -uz u u b u u   u.F   p, ,  pp     z. I    
 Marek 
,  b  
 
5Advocate
p  u Ru 68.I ,  p  bp   u  p-    p -        Ru 68 .Dp  p b  Ru 68   p    -,    u     ju. S, u G,     ju u,  x ,  p   -  .
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  A u bu  -, , xp  p- p  xp     ju u  b       b bu ,   u    u uu    p. W      Ru68     p u    p  -. W    u  qu   p          k   p       u?Ou   Ru 68   b b      . I,  pp    b  b  – b  p u,   98p      b    .
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 N, Ru 68  b p  p up   p b pu     p,   -   u   xp u .Ou bu   p u-   p    xpp       b   k  p    ju. Wu-p, -p -  64 xp  pu      p-  . T   u  p qu    p u  Ru 68   -uz  ,
 Marek 
,  u xp  u  b . W    u    16. E     p  p,   ,p  p p  .C  64      1,600   p xp-. T  xp    b p     10 ;      b p    40 ;     xp  u p   25 . Ou 64  -  k    13,000p     u    . Au ,    x ,        b   -p  p.
With some exception, Rule 68offers are rarely made in federalcivil rights and employment dis-crimination cases
T   qu  xp      u:  Ru68  ? Ou  -     uu U S, Ru 68   ju-   u   p    . A N Yk C p - p    b p  33  p       p xp –  11 . A p    N O    10-15   30  p. T ku         .

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