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I. TRADITIONAL BASES OF JURISDICTION - Rule of territoriality (Prior to Pennoyer)- Each state has sovereignty only over the people found within its territory. Cannot exercise jurisdiction over citizens of other states. - Due Process Clause of 14th Amendment: Limits the state’s power to exercise jurisdiction over a nonresident defendant. Exercise of jurisdiction must be in accord with traditional notions of fair play and substantial justice. A. Ways to Acquire in personam jurisdiction (over the person) 1. Citizen or someone domiciled within the state 2. Transient Rule: found within the state 3. Voluntarily appearing in court without objecting to the proceeding 4. Appointment of an agent within the state 5. Consent (express vs. implied look up). Hess v. Pawlowski- Massachusetts. B. Ways to acquire in rem jurisdiction (over property located within the state); Property must be attached at the outset. 1. true in rem - where the lawsuit is against the property (i.e. car used in drug trade = U.S. vs. Corvette). 1a. quasi in rem jurisdiction- over property located within the forum state (i.e. land, bank accounts pigs at state fair). Before Long-Arm Jurisdiction Pennoyer v. Neff: Oregon court attempted to exercise jurisdiction over Neff, based on the allegation that he had property in the state of Oregon. However, Court could not exercise in rem jurisdiction over nonresident defendant because he did not have property within the state at the time of the lawsuit. Harris v. Balk: Harris, an N.C. resident owed a debt to Balk, an N.C. resident. When Harris travelled to Baltimore, Epstein, an Md. resident, attached the debt owed from Harris to Balk, because Balk allegedly owed him money. Court held that Harris’ presence in Md. was the equivalent of Balk having property in the state, and because Epstein attached this property at the outset of the lawsuit, the judgement was valid. After Long-Arm Jurisdiction ( Harris v. Balk overruled). 3 types of quasi in rem jurisdiction: (a) Type 1- plaintiff sues to enforce preexisting interest in the property (suit by lender to foreclose on mortgage); (b) Type 2a-suits that relate to property but plaintiff does not have preexisting interest (P sues for personal injury based on D’s failure to maintain sidewalk); (c) Type 2b- suits unrelated to the property where plaintiff does not have preexisting interest ( defamation suit where P attaches D’s bank account).
**GENERAL RULE** Application of minimum contacts test will seldom defeat jurisdiction in type 1 and type 2(a) cases. Shaffer v. Heitner: Heitner, a nonresident of Delaware, filed a derivate suit against the former board of directors of Greyhound, claiming that they breached a fiduciary duty to the shareholders. She attached their shares of stock, which were held to be in Delaware, in order to establish quasi in rem jurisdiction. Court overruled Harris v. Balk and requires minimum contacts analysis when property is used to establish in rem jurisdiction. Type 2b property because the plaintiff does not have a preexisting interest in the property and it is unrelated to the claim (breach of fiduciary duty). Court held that because in rem jurisdiction is not preceding against the property, but rather the owner’s interest in the property, traditional notions of fair play and substantial justice should apply. Shaffer, et. al, have no contacts in Delaware and thus exercising in rem jurisdiction would violate Due Process. Established rule that when using property to establish in rem jurisdiction, minimum contacts (throughout the state not just regarding property) analysis must be satisfied. Reexamining Transient Rule- After Long-Arm Jurisdiction Burnham v. Superior Court: Francie Burnham filed for divorce and served her husband, Dennis Burnham, while he was visiting his children in California. Court held that physical presence in state does not require minimum contacts analysis. Plurality felt that reasoning was “minimum contacts” analysis was analogy to determine if the defendant was “present” within the state and therefore is a continuing tradition that defines “traditional notions of fair play and substantial justice.” Brennan and 3 other justices believe that all rules of jurisdiction must satisfy contemporary notions of due process and that the transient rule satisfies this notion because it gives defendant clear notice that he is subject to suit in the forum. II. LONG-ARM JURISDICTION - Long-arm jurisdiction is used to modify the rule of territoriality, which became difficult to apply with modern advances in transportation. Allowed states to assert jurisdiction over a nonresident defendant when exercise of jurisdiction comports with traditional notions of fair play and substantial justice (i.e. application of minimum contacts test). State Minimum Contacts Test 1. Does the state have an applicable long arm-statute? a. Tailored or Specific-Act statutes: state enumerates specific acts that allow for jurisdictional analysis if committed. b. Due-process statutes: any act that does not violate the 14th Amendment. 2a. Has defendant “purposefully availed” itself of the privilege to conduct business within the state (i.e. Burger King) or “purposefully directed” activity toward the state such that they can reasonably foresee being haled into court for such action?
2b. Does the lawsuit arise out of defendant’s purposeful contacts with forum (specific jurisdiction); or are defendant’s activities within the state so continuous, systematic and substantial that no such relationship is necessary (general jurisdiction)? WHEN PARTS 1, 2A AND 2B ARE SATISFIED MINIMUM CONTACTS PRESUMPTIVELY EXIST. 3. Would the exercise of jurisdiction be unfair & unreasonable (Gestalt Factors)?
Federal Long Arm Provisions: Filed in Federal Court Rule 4(k)(1)(a)- allows federal court to adopt the state long arm statute of the state it is located. Rule 4(k)(1)(b)- (100-mile bulge rule)- Court or the defendant has the power to add defendant to the suit, can be served within 100 mile radius of courthouse, even if it is not within the state. Minimum contacts analysis must be done within bulge area. NATIONAL CONTACTS TEST Only applies in federal question cases or when allowed by a federal statute Minimum Contacts analysis must comport with Due Process Clause of the 5th Amendment. 1. Is there a federal long arm provision that allows federal court to exercise jurisdiction? Rule 4(k)(1)(a)- allows federal court to adopt the state long arm statute of the state it is located. Rule 4(k)(1)(b)- (100-mile bulge rule)- Court or the defendant has the power to add defendant to the suit, can be served within 100 mile radius of courthouse, even if it is not within the state. Minimum contacts analysis must be done within bulge area. Rule 4(k)(1)(c)- federal courts can exercise personal jurisdiction when authorized by a federal statute. Rule 4(k)(2)- federal courts can obtain personal jurisdiction if plaintiff can show defendant is not subject to jurisdiction under any state laws & exercise of jurisdiction is constitutional. 2a. Has defendant “purposefully availed” itself of the privilege to conduct business within the U.S. or “purposefully directed” activity toward the U.S. such that they can reasonably foresee being haled into court for such action? 2b. Does the lawsuit arise out of defendant’s purposeful contacts with forum; or are defendant’s forum activities so continuous, systematic & substantial that no such relationship is necessary? 3. Would exercise of jurisdiction be unfair & unreasonable (Typically easier to meet unreasonableness test under National Contacts). Spectrum of Minimum Contacts: Zero- Sporadic/Single-Continuous & Systematic- Continuous, Systematic & Substantial.
for better terms. Salesmen resided in Washington. . Court ruled that International Shoe’s activities were regular and systematic. B. Entering contractual relationships with forum residents. Contract was signed with a Florida choice of law clause.this case 20 year term and amount obl. Entering State & Conducting Activity International Shoe: International Shoe employed 11-13 salesmen under direct supervision and control of sales managers located in St. Denckla: Decedent was a resident of Pennsylvania and contracted with Delaware trust company to establish trust. Established rule that unilateral activity by someone other than nonresident defendant is not enough to satisfy purposeful availment. length of contract). Nature of contract (i. Court held that even though contact with forum state was single/sporadic. Established rule that contract alone is not enough to satisfy purposeful availment. commissions each year totaled more than $31. Burger King: Franchisees opened up BK franchise in Michigan. 2. which resulted in a substantial amount of revenue being generated through interstate commerce. Contractual Relationship Hanson v. to pay) that must be evaluated in order to determine whether defendant purposefully availed themselves of benefits of forum state. Entering state & conducting activity there.e. Court held that a contract alone is not enough to establish purposeful availment. Court also held that choice of law clause alone is not enough to establish minimum contacts. prior negotiations and future consequences must be evaluated (i. Court held that Trust’s activity was unilateral and therefore not enough to satisfy purposeful direction. which she did. McGee: Life Insurance company mailed correspondence to former beneficiary in order to get her to renew contract. Established rule that if Due Process requires that a defendant must have “minimum contacts” within the state such that the suit does not offend traditional notions of fair play and substantial justice.000. It is the nature of the contract (prior negotiations and future consequences. Effects Test A. entered into contract for 20 years and $1 million (not random or fortuitous. their activity was purposefully directed toward the state of CA.e. Stream of commerce theory/ Stream of Commerce Plus theory 4. quickly saw that they had to deal with Miami HQ. Activity with Miami HQ and continued use of trademark without permission meant that it was reasonably foreseeable that defendant would be haled into FL court if problems arose.III.STEP 2A WAYS TO SATISFY PA/PD 1. PURPOSEFUL AVAILMENT / PURPOSEFUL DIRECTION. Later moved to Florida and continued mailing correspondence to Delaware Trust. Louis (Principal Place of Business). neg. rented permanent sample rooms. such that International Shoe could foresee being haled into court if a problem arose in Washington. 3.
he was a passive purchaser.Y. . contacts with the state. Other 4 members applied SOC Pure test where awareness was enough. Stream of Commerce Theory Stream of Commerce goes from the manufacturer to the final retail sale (almost always applies in products liabilities cases. that operated only in a tri-state area. retailer could not foresee being haled into court for unilateral activity of purchaser who drove to OK.. can exercise jurisdiction over a purchaser. applied SOC Plus test which held that awareness is not enough to satisfy purposeful direction when it comes to component parts. such that it is the focal point of litigation. 1 member did not endorse either SOC. Klein: Klein merely asked about product over the phone. (2) actions were directed at forum state. Stream of Commerce Plus: Awareness that product will reach forum state is not enough to establish that activity was purposefully directed toward the state. D. Subsequently drove car to Oklahoma. World-Wide Volkswagen Corporation. but believed volume. offices or solicited business within the state through advertisement. Sold parts to Japanese company.Plaintiff bought car in N.) Stream of Commerce Theory Pure: Putting product into stream of commerce creates awareness that product will reach forum state. from dealer. who exported final product to CA. C. Court held that because there is no evidence that they negotiated terms of eventual agreements. Active= active negotiations. Court applied SOC Pure and held that stream of commerce ended in N.**ACTIVE VS. it must determine whether they are an active or passive purchaser. (Usually applies to finished products). Passive= merely accepts terms of the offer (cannot satisfy purposeful availment). Plurality of the Court (4 mem. and hazardous character of components should be used to determine whether awareness was enough to satisfy purposeful direction. must show: (1) D committed intentional tort the state. which is enough to satisfy min. PASSIVE PURCHASER RULE** To determine whether Ct. Asahi: Taiwanese company manufactured component parts to be used in a motorcycle. Chalek v. which is not enough to satisfy purposeful availment. where car was in an accident that caused the plaintiffs serious injuries (presumably because of a defective car). (3) brunt of harm was suffered in the forum state. Must show that employer had agents.Y. (usually applies to component parts). Effects Test Typically applies to intentional torts. custom-made product satisfies purposeful availment).
and maintained company bank accounts that carried a substantial amount of company funds. sued Benguet for unpaid dividends. received information from CA sources. a professor. and knew or should have known that the National Enquirer’s largest circulation was in CA.Y.: Perkins. conducted business-related correspondence. systematic & substantial that relationship to cause of action is unnecessary? (deemed to be present within the state). a non-Ohio resident. Court also stated that it would be unreasonable to subject one parent to custody suit in any state that the other parent moved to. Benguet was a Philippines company that was operating out of Ohio. Court held that their actions were purposefully directed toward the state of CA. as they did not know Revell lived in Texas (directed at world does not mean specifically directed at 1 state). RELATEDNESS A. Its president conducted personal affairs. such that the brunt of the harm was suffered in CA (damage to reputation. were directed from Ohio . unlike Calder. Lidov: Lidov.. he did not “purposefully avail” himself of the state’s benefits by making a decision that promoted family harmony. In between are websites with some levels of interactive elements. loss of work). Zippo-interactive: owners engage in repeated online contacts with forum residents over the internet (does satisfy purposeful direction). posted an article on Columbia University’s internet bulletin board about the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 and Revell’s involvement in it. which had a special relationship to the movie industry. Benguet Consolidated Mining Co. IV. Perkins v. Kulko: Defendant sent daughter to CA to live with her mother. Court held that posting of article and internet bulletin board did not satisfy purposeful direction because their actions were not directed at the state of Texas. while the Japanese occupied the Philippine Islands.Calder: National Enquirer employees wrote an article that defamed Jones. Although he suffered harm (damage to reputation). Revell v. The focal point of the lawsuit was still N. Internet Effects Test Zippo-Passive: merely allows owner to post information (does not satisfy purposeful direction). kept office files of the company. Texas did not have a special relationship to Pan Am Flight 103. They knew that she lived & worked there. Court held that the activities during the war. as the custody agreement was signed there. GENERAL JURISDICTION Are defendant’s forum contacts so continuous. distributed salary checks to himself and 2 other employees. Court held that although his actions were directed toward CA and the brunt of the harm was suffered there. making it the focal point of the lawsuit. allows bilateral information exchange with visitors (analysis needed). The website fell within the passive-interactive spectrum because visitors are allowed to participate in an open forum hosted by the website. an actress who lived and worked in CA.
Helicol’s activities in Texas included systematic purchase of helicopters over a 7year period. a Massachusetts company that exclusively conducted business in Hong Kong.and they were “so present” within the state that exercise of general jurisdiction is reasonable. Courts tend to relax strict standard regarding solicitation & sales. Nowak v. Solicitation. Relatives of decedents filed suit in Texas. Spec.(Endorsed in Tak How). B. who drowned in the pool. Cause/Substantive Relevance But for: Loose relationship (never solely used to establish necessary relationship). Spectrum: But For. Incorporates but for relationship as well as legal cause (defendant’s contacts are substantial factor in bringing about harm to plaintiff). when suit is brought by a forum resident (takes into account jurisdiction by necessity). Proximate Cause used in tort claims. systematic purchases are not enough to warrant general jurisdiction. . which included pilot helicopter training. sales and related trips normally will not subject a defendant to general jurisdiction even when it has sales representatives in the forum state. Substantial Connection: Looser standard than proximate cause Forum Contacts substantially related to cause of action. On one of these helicopter trips. It continued a business relationship initiated by Kiddie Products. Harm lies in the the wake of forum activities. Tak How faxed a copy of corporate rates to Kiddie Products. Substantive Relevance used in commercial transactions. Nowak. Court held that single & sporadic activity (negotiations) is not enough to warrant general jurisdiction. a Kiddie employee. and a negotiation session in Houston. Helicopteros: Helicol was a Colombian company that provided helicopter transportation for oil and construction companies in South America. Tak How Investments: Tak How was a Hong Kong corporation that owned a Holiday Inn in Hong Kong. Proximate Cause/Substantive Relevance: Strictest standard for establishing nexus. sending its employees to Texas to learn about plant familiarization.nexus between forum activities and cause of action. SPECIFIC JURISDICTION Defendant’s forum contacts must arise out of or relate to harm. receiving checks drawn upon a Texas bank (unilateral activity not related to Helicol). four American citizens lost their lives. absence of proximate cause per se does not render exercise of jurisdiction unconstitutional. marketing. who continued to book all of its business related hotel stays there. Reasoned that when a foreign corporation directly targets residents in an ongoing effort to further a business relationship. Court loosened proximate cause standard and endorsed substantial connection standard. Also. stayed there with his wife. Mr./Lies in Wake-Prox.Substantial Conn. seeking to establish general jurisdiction.
Burden on defendant is substantially great to have to fly in witnesses. 3. Burden on defendant. so defendant must show more reasons why subjecting it to jurisdiction is extremely onerous.what interests is the forum state looking to protect (i. who is a Taiwanese company. Hong Kong has substantial interest in preserving tourism industry.S. Plaintiff’s convenience.Specific Relatedness also works on a sliding scale in relation to forum contacts. cannot exercise jurisdiction over truly foreign defendants without substantial interest of either the forum or plaintiff). . while all of matter may not be resolved in Hong Kong. Protecting rights of citizens trumps rights of businesses. 5. minimum contacts presumptively exist and exercise of jurisdiction is presumed to be fair. courts are more willing to loosen the standard for relatedness. 1. and protecting businesses. Administration of Justice: can the whole conflict be resolved in this forum-judicial efficiency. Foreign state has substantial interest in adjudicating the matter (Plaintiff’s interest in choosing CA is minimal and U. but that burden is always great (nothing special argued about burden being specially onerous). 3.What interests does the forum state have in the matter. Gestalt Factors: determine whether exercise of jurisdiction is reasonable (1-3 most important). Nowak v. Forum state’s interest in adjudicating dispute.plaintiff’s right to choose a convenient forum to litigate the matter in comparison to other available forums. Massachusetts has a strong interest in protecting citizens from out-of-state solicitations that prove to be unsafe and interest in providing forum for residents to assert claims. All of matter can be resolved in MA court despite the need to interpreters and the potential absence of witnesses. MA forum is more convenient for Nowaks than Hong Kong. Asahi: Indemnity action between a Taiwanese manufacturer and the Japanese manufacturer of the tire valve. almost always present. 2. which was politically unstable at the time and potentially had a need for interpreters as well. 5. Tread carefully when it is a truly foreign defendant (minimal interests of plaintiff do not outweigh substantial interests of foreign state. Matter can be completely resolved but there is a burden on the court to apply Taiwanese law. Tak How: Applying the Gestalt factors.e. Foreign state has less of an interest in protecting safety of products because it is an indemnity action. REASONABLENESS When Steps 1. 4. Burden is placed on the defendant. As contacts increase. 2A and 2B are proven. V. and adjudicate matter in CA. 1. while Hong Kong’s interest in protecting businesses might be compromised in MA. rights of citizens). Foreign State’s Interest. which makes contingency fee litigation a burden. MA’s interest in protecting citizens might be compromised in Hong Kong. 2. 4.defendant’s burden of litigating in foreign tribunal. Not the most convenient place to adjudicate the matter for plaintiff. Burden then shifts to defendant to prove that exercise of jurisdiction is nonetheless unreasonable.
SERVICE OF PROCESS OVERVIEW Service of process is the procedure by which a court asserts jurisdiction over the person of the party served.VI. B. State Courts can only challenge the validity of a judgement when it believes the 1st court lacked either personal or subject matter jurisdiction. can still directly attack jurisdiction so long as she did not appear in the proceedings and had a default judgement entered against her. Direct Attack: Rule 12(b)(2). Pendent Personal Jurisdiction: Court may assert pendent personal jdx. the defendant cannot collaterally attack the judgement on jurisdictional grounds. In CA. . Supreme Court. 4.Defendant asks trial court to set aside judgement on the ground that it is void. If a defendant appears in a proceeding and waives an objection to jurisdiction by failing to raise it in a proper manner or loses on the issue. If a state refused to do so. In most states challenge is waived if defendant fails to raise objection as part of her first filing or appearance in court. over a defendant with respect to a claim for which there is no independent basis of personal jdx. A judgement rendered without affording the defendant proper notice of the suit is invalid. Section 1): Requires Courts of each state to enforce valid judgements rendered by their sister states. in order to preserve objection. Cannot be basis of appeal because it was not raised in the trial court.Challenges jurisdiction . if defendant loses objection to jurisdiction.S. Collateral Attack: Defendant must have totally ignored proceedings and allowed default judgement to be entered against him. Rule 60(b)(4). Defendant who failed to object to jurisdiction. must file an immediate interlocutory appeal or allow default judgement to be entered. so long as it arises out of a common nucleus of operative fact with a claim in the same suit over which a court does have personal jdx. CHALLENGING JURISDICTION A. it could be ordered to by the U. CIVIL PROCEDURE-SERVICE OF PROCESS I. Full Faith & Credit Clause (Art. Collaterally attack when plaintiff seeks to enforce judgement under Full Faith & Credit Clause.
Rule 4(d)(4). If outside the U. 2. 30 days after the waiver is due).” Envisions 2 step process: 1. Rule 4(h)(1)(B). 60 days to respond Incentives to Sign Waiver: Rule 4(d)(1). REQUEST FOR WAIVER OF SERVICE Rule 4(d).allows plaintiff to send a copy of the complaint to the defendant by first-class mail or other reliable means.S. seeking waiver. under the circumstances. by failing to sign near the end of the 30 day waiver period. or deliver copies to an agent who has been authorized by appointment or law to receive service on defendant’s behalf. and defendant can run out the clock. If in the U.allows plaintiff to borrow state law rules of service. effecting formal service if no waiver is obtained. and (2) must comport with due process (5th or 14th Amendment) unless defendant waives right to service or defendant can be immune from service. B.Adequacy of service depends on: (1) compliance with the relevant rule (Rule 4 FRCP). A. leave the summons and complaint at the defendant’s “dwelling or usual place of abode with someone of suitable age and discretion who resides there”. to apprise parties of the pendency of the action & of such nature to reasonably convey required information.service is deemed to have occurred on the date that plaintiff files the signed waiver with the court. Corporations Rule 4(h)(1)(A). EFFECTING SERVICE ON INDIVIDUALS/CORPORATIONS 1.allows plaintiff to deliver a copy of the summons and complaint to “an . accompanied by a “Notice of Lawsuit and Request for Waiver of Summons.allows plaintiff to serve the defendant personally.e. Complaint does not have to be answered until 60 days after the request for the waiver was sent (i. 2. as permitted when serving individuals under 4(e)(1).imposes a duty to avoid unnecessary expenses of serving summons. Incentive NOT to sign waiver: When statute of limitations is tolled only by service of process. Elemental & Fundamental Requirement of Due Process is that notice is reasonably calculated.S. Must be within United States. Unless defendant waives service. the expenses later incurred in making service and the reasonable expenses (including attorney’s fees of any motion required to collect service expenses).Individuals Rule 4(e)(2). Court “must: impose on the defendant.: 30 days to respond.
but are both inherently plausible. 3 ways of service (go back to that). Whether Plaintiff made good faith/reasonable mistake 3. However without substantial compliance with Rule 4. corporation. neither actual notice or simply naming the defendant in the complaint will provide personal jurisdiction. or to any other agent authorized by appointment or by law to receive service of process. Rule 4(f). SUBSTANTIAL COMPLIANCE Courts take a liberal approach to service of process and accept substantial compliance with the statute rather than strict adherence to all of a statute’s technicalities. whether defendant was evading service 4. Court must be certain manner of service ensures fair notice to interested parties. Court held that McDonald was not a representative of Affinity and since he was only working there for a few months. or partnership. Rule 4 authorizes special and highly flexible procedures for serving defendants in foreign countries.federal treaty.officer. AICPA v. whether defendant is an individual.Individual must be sufficiently connected with company’s operations to render it likely that service will provide notice to defendant. which would allow him to know what to do with the papers. Hague Convention C. which shared its office with Affinity and had been working there only for a few months. Affinity moved to vacate default judgement. Type of Service involved 2. federal court must exercise caution so as to not intrude upon sovereignty of another nation. Court established that where the parties’ accounts on service of process differ.: 1.corporations Rule 4(f)(1). 3. Whether service provision is inherently ambiguous . court should credit the version of the party that allows case to be heard on its merits. Distinguish between mere technical errors and a complete disregard for Rule 4 Factors to Consider Pg 232. Affinity Card: Professional process server handed summons and complaint to McDonald at Affinity’s principal place of business and subsequently filed affidavit of service that identified McDonald as Assistant Vice President of Affinity Card. a managing or general agent. Defendants in a Foreign Country If a defendant is to be served in a foreign country. he was not integrated with organization.Individuals Rule 4(h)(2). However. Rule 4 is a flexible rule that should be liberally construed so long as a party receives sufficient notice of the complaint. McDonald was Assistant Vice-President of Primecard.” Courts often flexible in deciding whether a person qualifies as a managing or general agent.
Whether justice would be served by a relaxed construction. DUE PROCESS RIGHT TO NOTICE **GENERAL RULE** When there is a potential deprivation of life. beneficiaries required to notice. Judgement rendered in the absence of notice is void. it is not barred by res judicata or claim preclusion. If not go to # 2 2. is the substitute substantially less likely than others to inform party? If yes not adequate notice. so if plaintiff refiles suit. Savings Statutes: Extends statute of limitations if a suit was timely filed but then dismissed. TIME LIMIT FOR EFFECTING SERVICE Rule 4(m): allows federal court to dismiss an action without prejudice as to any defendant in the U. Due Process requires notice and opportunity for hearing appropriate to the nature of the case. If no. Court held there was a potential for deprivation of property interest. or property. if defendant conceals a defect in attempted service until after 120 day period.5. which complied with N. . CHBT effected service to beneficiaries (some were known. Central Hanover Bank & Trust: During accounting period. liberty. Court can (but not required to) extend time of service if 1. Even if no good cause is shown.Y. Requires that a person who is made party to lawsuit must be afforded adequate notice of that lawsuit.S. Time of service must be extended when the plaintiff shows good cause for the failure. or 2. whether it is substantially less likely to be effective than other reasonably available means. or if not effective. who is not served within 120 days after the complaint is filed. statute of limitations would bar the refiled action. D. or 3. some were future beneficiaries and others were unknown) by publishing notice of lawsuit in the newspaper. Dismissal is “without prejudice”. if the defendant is evading service.’s Banking Law. Test 1. Mullane v.which means that dismissal is not based on the merits. Is type of service reasonably certain to inform? If so satisfies due process. Adequacy of notice depends on whether the method of service employed will be effective. Method of service must also comply with Due Process clause of 5th or 14th Amendment. Does not always apply to Rule 4(m) situation where dismissal is for failure to to serve process in a timely fashion. II.
Court endorsed standard that waiver of notice & a hearing requires that the waiver is (1) voluntary.waives right to notice.places undue burden of due dilligence on CHBT. and intelligently. Prefiling Waiver & Consent Confession of judgement.publication by notice is enough because nothing is reasonably certain to work and publication by notice is not substantially less likely to work than other available methods. of an attorney. and (3) intelligently made. Established rule that in order to waive pre-judgement notice & the opportunity to be heard. Adams purchased property. Court held that State was required to perform due dilligence. (Trivial.debtor consents in advance to holder’s obtaining a judgement without notice or hearing. Cognovit Clause. waives immunity from service of process. casual or insubstantial business dealings do not waive immunity. to which he signed confession of judgement in order to work out amicable agreement. UFL refused & caused Leidholm to incur $30. on debtor’s behalf. Mennonite Board of Missions v. Witness Immunity: A witness who enters the state to participate in a legal proceeding is immune from being subject to in personam jurisdiction. .Unknown beneficiaries. contingent remainders. usually present in a contract (similar to Forum Selection Clause). Adams: Moore entered into mortgage agreement with Mennonite Board of Missions on her property in Indiana. but cancelled payment due to drought and offered to compensate for the difference between contracted price & current market price. Use of publication or notice to property owner. Policy Based Immunities & Exemptions 1. A. possibly with appearance. (very disfavored). (2) knowing. Court remanded case for those determinations.000 liability. waiver of service must be entered into voluntarily. Underwood Farmers Elevator v. Engaging in substantial business dealings unrelated to litigation proceeding. are not methods such as one desirous of actually informing the party might take to accomplish it. knowingly. Courts will enforce them under Full Faith & Credit even if they do not recognize them in that state. B. Moore failed to pay property taxes and County provided her notice by certified mail and published notice of tax sale. that is designated by holder. known beneficiaries. Leidholm: Leidholm contracted with Underwood Farmers to deliver bushels of oats.does not satisfy due process because CHBT has the names of beneficiaries on the books and regularly dispenses payments to them (mail is substantially more likely to work). Mail is substantially more likely to work. MBM not informed of tax sale.
it did violate brightline rule that requires plaintiff to make it clear to defendant that service of process may be made if the defendant enters the jurisdiction. However. May Department Stores v. where upon confirmation of his resignation May served him with process. lack of documentary proof).e. Established rule that if while in the jurisdiction person claiming immunity engages in activities of a business nature unrelated to litigation. III. Hwung: Fun-Damental sued variety of parties in two separate lawsuits for trademark infringement. Court held that Hwung’s activities did not waive immunity from service of process because his visit to the showroom was unrelated to his duties as president (not involved in sales). Lamb exception-Supreme Court carved out exception to general immunity would undermine the purpose of the action in which the witness participating is served. Wilansky: Wilansky lured to Missouri when he decided he was going to leave the company for a competitor. Trickery or Fraud: Courts tend to refuse to exercise jurisdiction over a defendant who was served with process only after being lured into the state by trickery or fraud. Court held that luring Wilansky to Missouri was not trickery or fraud because they wanted to confirm that he was leaving (although they filed complaint with court on a Saturday and had attorneys in a separate room during meeting). v. (Not waived if business dealings are casual & unforeseen or trivial & insubstantial). and while there ate dinner with a business associate & visited showroom of company. came to New York to testify in the first lawsuit. (3) presence of any exigent circumstances (i. Ltd.e.Fun-Damental Too. Matthews Test: Balancing test that determines when court can waive defendant’s right to preseizure hearing: (1) private interest that will be affected by official action (2) risk of an erroneous deprivation (i. 2. immunity from service of process is waived. NOTICE & HEARING WHEN PROPERTY IS ATTACHED Service of process require that an individual be given an opportunity for a hearing before he is deprived of any significant property interest except for extraordinary situations where exigent circumstances exist. Endorsed Bright line rule that plaintiff luring defendant to jurisdiction must warn defendant that he may be served if he enters the state. Most courts allow a plaintiff to use trickery or fraud to serve a defendant in the state because there is a duty upon persons within the jurisdiction to submit to service of process. Court required new service to be effected. . Hwung. defendant trying to sell property). Fun-Damental argued that Hwung did not have witness immunity because he allegedly participated in business related activities unrelated to the litigation. and the fact that he ate dinner with an associate absent proof of what they talked about is merely insubstantial. the president of one of the companies being sued.
Challenge is waived if not asserted in a timely fashion. potential federal ingredient. IN COURTS -Court must satisfy Article III §2 and a statute in order to establish subject matter jurisdiction. but risk of erroneous deprivation was low because there was documentary proof (breach of contract) and the presence of exigent circumstances (decreased value of consumer goods daily). . . private interest affected is usually great. whichever is filed first. Rule 12(b)(4). Thus the court held that the state’s interests were de minimis and did not warrant pre-judgement attachment of property. Arising Under federal law (leading case:Osborn.Mitchell Factors (safeguards): must be employed when right to pre-seizure hearing is denied: (1) must allege specific facts (2) must be reviewed by a judge (3) prompt post-seizure hearings Matthews v. Connecticut v. as a way to secure judgement on an alleged battery committed by Doehr.Article III § 2 lists 9 categories that may be heard within federal court: 1. (2) there is a risk of erroneous deprivation because there is no evidence of documentary proof as to the alleged battery (plaintiff would not file lawsuit if he didn’t think he would win). Satisfying the statute always satisfies Article III (do statute analysis 1st). Circumstances warranted depriving defendant of pre-seizure attachment hearing. impairs ability to sell property and taints credit rating. SUBJECT MATTER JDX. Court applied Matthews Balancing test: (1) property interests that attachment affects are significant because it clouds title. IV.allows party to file a motion to dismiss for insufficient process (insufficiency of the content of the summons). CIVIL PROCEDURE SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION I.does not have to actually be decided in the case). Challenge to service is waived if it is omitted from pre-answer motion to dismiss or if it is omitted from the answer (when a motion to dismiss is not filed). When it comes to deprivation of property. Doehr: DiGiovanni attached Doehr’s house prior to a judgement and without giving Doehr notice. (3) defendant not currently trying to sell property. Eldridge: Involved breach of contract where plaintiff sought to recover consumer goods. CHALLENGING SERVICE A party challenging service must raise it by a motion to dismiss 12(b)(5) or in the answer.
or diversity Supreme Court’s jurisdiction over cases from lower federal courts is derivative. To which the united states shall be a party. thus making it a nonfederal matter.where Congress creates substantive rights or immunities without specifying whether private persons may sue to enforce those rights. whether plaintiff is one of the class for whose special benefit statute was enacted. § 1331 district courts shall have original jdx.” .28 U. Supreme Court’s jdx. of all civil actions arising under federal law. a state and citizens of another state 9. (Extremely rare exception). case can not “arise under” federal law. State courts have concurrent jdx. II. Defined more narrowly than Article III “arising under. . Creation Test Express right of action.C. Implied right of action. if lower court did not have subject matter jdx. Limits subject matter jurisdiction by statute. where the substantive law to be applied is state law. Majority of cases arise under federal question jdx.Includes all federally created laws that create the plaintiff’s cause of action Exception: Shoshone Exception. In admiralty and maritime jdx.2. with Federal courts .despite presence of congressionally created cause of action. 1. citizens or subjects 4. over state courts is not derivative. Between a citizens of the same state claiming lands under grants from different states Congress has never allowed courts to hear all of cases described in Article III §2. Between citizens of different states 3. Normally there is a presumption that if a statute does not expressly create a private cause of action one does not exist.Satisfies statutory “arising under” by (1) creation test or (2) essential federal ingredient test.Litigant can file federal question cases in either state or federal forum. citizens thereof.S. Affecting ambassadors. .cannot exercise jdx. other public ministers and consuls 5. FEDERAL QUESTION JDX. and foreign states. 6. Between a state. Between 2 or more states 8. (§1331) Case in which an issue of federal law is properly presented for judicial resolution. It can review issues in state courts if federal issue is ever decided. 7. Court looks at 4 factors to determine whether implied right of action exists (Cort Factors): 1.
Example: implied right of action against fed. Essential Federal Ingredient Test (EFI) Elements necessary to satisfy EFI are: 1. federal ingredient must be important or substantial in the sense that it requires uniformity of a federal decision. (2) Federal ingredient was actually disputed because Grable thought statute could only be tolled by personal service while Darue believed it could be tolled by certified mail. (2) federal ingredient was actually disputed. whether implying a private remedy would be consistent with the underlying purposes of the legislative scheme. which require uniformity. . Grable & Sons challenged foreclosure and argued that they were not given notice under §6335a.2. other factors are only relevant to provide evidence of whether Congress intended to create a private cause of action. Established upset balance and would open floodgates. 3.is a judicially created doctrine that ensures that only a plaintiff’s claim of relief determines the presence or absence of statutory arising under jurisdiction. 4. Merrell Dow: Involved state tort claim resting on allegation that the defendant drug company violated federal misbranding prohibition and was negligent under Ohio law.Well. A. which they believe required personal service. Safety Skateboards Act. essential federal ingredient embedded in an otherwise nonfederal claim such that vindication of the nonfederal claim is dependent on a point of federal law. ingredient was substantial because it involved federal tax matters. Court applied Cort factors: (1) state claim (foreclosure was invalid because notice was improper) contained essential federal ingredient (the type of service required under §6335(a)) embedded within the claim. (3) Some consideration in the assessment of substantiality. Grable & Sons: IRS seized Michigan real property belonging to Grable & Sons to satisfy federal tax delinquency. (3) Fed. likelihood of breach of contract claim containing Fed. explicit or implicit. whether there is any indication of legislative intent. Cannot upset the congressionally mandated allocation of jdx. 4. Main factor is legislative intent. (4) would of opened the floodgates to federal courts of state misbranding actions that involved federal claims. 2. (Does it open the floodgates to federal courts?) Ex. federal ingredient must actually be disputed within the context of the case. between state & federal courts. Gov’t officials for violation of constitutional rights. either to create such a remedy or to deny one (MAIN FACTOR). 3.pleaded complaint rule. WELL-PLEADED COMPLAINT/ARTFUL PLEADING . (4) Does not open the floodgates because it is the rare state title case that raises a contested matter of federal law. whether the claim is one traditionally relegated to state law. 2. Only allegations pertaining to the necessary elements of the plaintiff’s claim will be considered in determining if the case arises under federal law. Cort factors: (1) federal ingredient embedded in claim (federal branding requirement).
DIVERSITY JURISDICTION A.). even if pleaded as a state law claim is in reality a federal law claim. Court held that potential federal question (counter-argument to plaintiff’s defense) is not enough to show that plaintiff’s original cause of action arises under the Constitution.Preemption satisfies §1331 when: (1) it is the basis for the plaintiff’s claim. Does not expand subject matter jurisdiction. if one of the parties had been seeking coercive relief (Must determine who would have been the plaintiff). III. (2) Complete preemption (Very Rare). and (4) a foreign state. when one party has multiple citizenship. PREEMPTION . Either side may file for declaratory relief (decision is binding).. Mandates that the case be treated as a federal claim . Only arises under federal law for purposes of §1331 when it would have arisen under 1331. Under this theory.theory that U. Valid federal law trumps all state laws inconsistent with the specific terms or objectives of the federal law. Mottley: Mottleys were injured while passengers on a train and were given free train rides for life in exchange for their agreement not to sue. §1332 (a) allows diversity jurisdiction over: (1) citizens of different states (interstate diversity). (3) citizens of different states in which citizens or subjects of a foreign state are additional parties (mix of interstate diversity & alienage jdx. . federal law wholly displaces state-law cause of action. Constitution and all laws enacted pursuant to it is the supreme law of the land.where Congress intended to convert state law into federal law.Artful Pleading. a claim that comes under the scope of this cause of action. . and alleged that the Railroad’s defense which would be the statute violated their right to due process.B.S. Louisville & Nashville Railroad v.Prevents plaintiff from defeating federal jurisdiction by disguising what is clearly a federal claim as a state law claim. Mottleys sued claiming breach of contract. as plaintiff and citizens of a State or of different States (foreign gov’t against citizens of one or more states). opposing parties can be co-citizens yet still satisfy minimal diversity under Article III.Preemption doctrine.Declaratory Judgement Act §2201-2202: gives federal district courts the power to enter declaratory judgements in cases over which they would have otherwise had jurisdiction. Congress later passed a statute that prohibited Railroads from giving free transportation.any two adverse parties are not co-citizens of the same state. Overview Article III §2 merely requires minimal diversity. . Possible that in a two party case. (2) citizens of a State and citizens & subjects of a foreign state (alienage jurisdiction).
Act of 2002 28 U. Defendant argued court did not have subject matter jdx.Diversity **GENERAL RULE** Domicile is established at the time the suit is filed and cannot be lost by a subsequent change in citizenship. (2) Class Action Fairness Act of 2005. and does not qualify as a “citizen or subject” of a “foreign state” for diversity purposes because the term only applies to foreign nationals. Even if complete diversity is satisfied. had an NH driver’s license since 1986.S. alimony and child custody proceedings) or over probate proceedings.§1332 requires complete diversity. listed FL residence on federal tax returns in 1987. 67% of the class members are from the state where the suit was filed.permits some class actions to be filed in or removed to federal court if the amount in controversy exceeds $5 million and if any member of the class of plaintiffs is diverse from any defendant.e. most of his personal property was in FL. §1369. B.Congress has passed statutes that allow federal courts to hear certain types of cases. Cannot be invoked if suit is well-suited for litigation in state court (i. Lundquist: Lundquist filed a motion to recover promissory notes relating to the sale of stock in Winnipesaukee Airlines and alleged that Court had subject matter jdx. Citizen domiciled abroad cannot sue or be sued in a federal court based on diversitybecause U. plane crash) where at least 75 people died at a discreet location.did not satisfy §1332. kept FL bank accounts. state. at least one defendant is a citizen of that sate. U. divorce. over domestic relations proceedings (i. and most of the injuries occurred there). Lundquist contended that he was a FL resident because he purchase real property in FL. Because it was a mixed question of law and fact. Burden is on plaintiff to establish citizenship.e.no plaintiff is a citizen of the same state as any of the defendants. but less than 2/3 of the class members are defendants are citizens of the forum state and the “totality of circumstances” make the action better suited for litigation in state court.S. because he was a citizen of NH based on the fact that he owned property in NH. . a district court will not exercise subject matter jdx. Citizen domiciled who is not domiciled in a U.’88 and ’89. .000). and corporate filings gave his address as NH. territory or D. Multiforum Trial Jdx. had an FL driver’s license since 1984. the district court’s decision could not be set aside unless clearly erroneous.C.e. even if there is only minimal rather than complete diversity: (1) Multiparty. was registered to vote and did vote in NH until 1990. is not a citizen of any state within the meaning of §1332. Court can also deny jdx.C.S. when it is challenged by defendant. applies to certain civil actions that arise from a single accident (i. Court held that corporate filings and Lundquist’s continued voting in NH were more important factors in determining he was domiciled in NH. and he and his wife belonged to several community organizations in FL. when more than 1/3. based on diversity. and the Amount In Controversy is satisfied (currently $75. §1332.S.
something happens that reduces amount in controversy (i. where its main headquarters are located.Amount in Controversy claimed by the plaintiff will be accepted if it is apparently made in good faith.000. does not exist if it can be shown to a legal certainty that even if plaintiff establishes liability. Friend and Nhieu argued that Hertz was a citizen of California and therefore diversity jurisdiction was lacking.Good faith test has a subjective component (what the plaintiff actually knew or believed) and an objective component (what a reasonable person would have known). Legal certainty is relevant to the point that it reveals a lack of good faith on the part of the plaintiff.Tests used to determine a corporation’s PPB: (1) nerve center test. it is treated as being a citizen of its PPB and of forum state. who filed an action against Hertz alleging violation of wage and hour laws. Amount in Controversy . .wherever a corporation has its “nerve center or brain” i. that is its principal place of business under the nerve center test. but not of other states of incorporation.Congress has always required that amount in controversy exceeds a specified minimum currently $75. Hertz attempted to remove pursuant to 1441(a) because they were citizens of different states.(judicially created before 1958 amendment to §1332(c) which defined corporate citizenship.e. she could not recover jurisdictional minimum. Forum Doctrine.Legal certainty-jdx. Defendant pays a portion of the amount) but does not divest Court’s jdx.if a corporation is incorporated in more than one state. Friend: Friend and Nhieu were California citizens. to be citizens of every state and country of which any member is a citizen.e. Established nerve center as test for principal place of business. over controversy or undermine plaintiff’s good faith as of the date that the lawsuit was filed. Unincorporated organizations and associations that are not incorporated are deemed for diversity purposes.a corporation shall be deemed to be a citizen of any state by which it has been incorporated and of the state where it has its principal place of business. . corporate headquarters. .Subsequent event: Amount in Controversy is in excess of statutory minimum. §1332(c).most lower courts have rejected it after §1332(c). Hertz v. . However. C.Supreme Court has not addressed the issue). . As of the time lawsuit was filed known to a legal certainty that amount satisfied statutory minimum. As Hertz’s headquarters is located in New Jersey.considered a part of the good faith test. and sues in one of its states of incorporation.
Coventry’s claim in regards to the Amount in Controversy was a subsequent revelation because it referred back to the filing date of the complaint. Either viewpoint (more widely used).Subsequent revelation: Discover something that reveals amount in controversy is less than claimed.the AIC is the amount related to either party which the judgement would directly produce. . which was based on the number of cubic feet of water consumed on the property and assessed by the Kent County Water Authority (KCWA).When there is more than one defendant-Plaintiff must satisfy AIC against each defendant.AIC is value or benefit to the defendant. over claims asserted by the original plaintiff for which there was no independent basis of subject matter jurisdiction. Joint & Several Liability Exception: Aggregation of claims is allowed. refers back to the date the lawsuit was filed (potentially affects good faith claim of the plaintiff).pendent jurisdiction. baseball collection passed in will equally to brothers was destroyed by a single party. SUPPLEMENTAL JURISDICTION . where each defendant caused a portion of the harm to plaintiff. Plaintiff is enforcing single title or right and Defendants have a common and undivided interest for each is liable for the total harm caused. but can each be held liable for the total damage caused by the defendants as a group.brothers can sue defendant and satisfy AIC if total worth of cards exceeds AIC because single right (came from one source) and each brother has an equal. but subsequent inquiries by Dworkin revealed that KCWA made a mistake in assessing the water bill.e.the amount in controversy is the value or benefit to the plaintiff in obtaining relief sought.. who then forwarded it to Coventry. Computing AIC in Suits for Declaratory or Injunctive Relief: 1. Defendant’s viewpoint. Exists . 3. At the time the lawsuit was filed.permitted federal courts to take jdx. IV. Jurisdictional.AIC is value of the party seeking to invoke the court’s jurisdiction. 2. . undivided interest in each card). Coventry: Coventry sued Dworkin over their failure to pay for sewer main usage. Plaintiff’s viewpoint.When there is more than one plaintiff-Each plaintiff must satisfy the AIC requirement against the defendant. 4. but it did not affect the objective standard of the test because the water consumption was assessed by a 3rd party who forwarded the information to Dworkin. Single Title or Right Exception: When separate parties have a single title or right in which the parties have a “common and undivided interest” aggregation is allowed by multiple plaintiffs suing one defendant(i. the AIC exceeded statutory minimum.Plaintiff can aggregate all of her claims against a single defendant. even if the claims are not related to one another.Aggregation of Claims. .
to open a new mine and use miners from a rival union.federal & state law claim involve same facts.permitted federal courts to take jdx. both claims evolved from a common nucleus of operative fact (strike). and were separate claims that one would expect to be tried in one proceeding (different methods of recovery for the same claim-just involved different standard). over Owen when OPPD was dismissed from the lawsuit.Gives courts the power to hear cases based on supplemental jdx. cross-claims between defendants. . over a case.ancillary jurisdiction. §1367-SUPPLEMENTAL JDX. Kroger amended complaint. United Mine Workers of America v. the state law claim must not have an independent basis of jurisdiction (IBJ) and involve the same common nucleus of operative fact as the federal claim such that they are “one constitutional case. Court held that it was proper for lower court to retain state law claim because the federal claim was substantial. counterclaims. which caused Gibbs to lose his job and his haulage contract. Kroger: Kroger filed wrongful death lawsuit against OPPD when her husband was electrocuted by the boom of a steel crane. over claims by someone other than original plaintiff. OPPD filed third-party complaint against Owen. existed (i.” . Gibbs: Coal company laid off miners from the United Mine Workers Union. as a superintendent.common nucleus of operative fact.k.e.Incorporated & replaced common law doctrines of pendent & ancillary jdx.” . Court held that it did not have pendent jdx. but court has the power to remand state law claims back to state court. who owned and operated the crane. impleader).whenever there is a claim “arising under federal law” and the relationship between the federal claim and state law claim permits the conclusion that the entire action before the court comprises but one constitutional case.). While motion was pending. which named Owen as an additional defendant (pendent jdx. claims by defendant against 3rd party a. A. Virtually certain to be met when they are alternate legal theories for redressing the same underlying wrong. Owen Equipment v. where no independent basis of jdx. not a plaintiff’s right. **GENERAL RULE** In order for a court to exercise supplemental jdx. Armed members of UMW forcibly prevented opening of the mine by force & the creation of a picket line. and hired Gibbs.a. Gibbs’ cause of action was intentional interference with his contract of employment (state law claim) and violation of §303 for the secondary boycotts (federal law claim). because her amendment of the lawsuit destroyed complete diversity between the parties ( she & Owen were both Iowa residents). . .
Must have fallen within supplemental jdx. under §1367(a) Statute of limitation cannot have run at the time the lawsuit commenced. where it offends standards of diversity. Congress must expressly negate supplemental jdx.Some courts believe that it is a catch-all where court can dismiss if exercising jurisdiction is not in the best interest of judicial economy and convenience & fairness to litgants.Court cannot infer or imply Congress’ intent to negate supplemental jurisdiction. Court has rejected theory of supplemental standing. there are other compelling reasons for declining jurisdiction (split over subsection 4. §1367(b).bars supplemental jurisdiction where court’s jurisdiction is founded solely on §1332diversity. over all other claims that are so related to the federal claims in the action that they form part of the same case or controversy under Article III of the Constitution (one constitutional case). . .as common nucleus of operative fact (Minority of jdx. give §1367(a) broader meaning in that only a loose factual relationship to the federal claim is allowed). when: (1) claim raises a novel or complex issue of State law.Does not apply to claims filed in federal court against nonconsenting States because the 11th Amendment prevents a federal court from hearing claims against a state without the state’s consent. . §1367(c)[Court’s Discretion]. .District courts have supplemental jdx. (2) claim substantially predominates over federal claim (3) district court has dismissed all claims over which it has original jurisdiction (4) in exceptional circumstances. holding that a court cannot decline supplemental jurisdiction solely on the basis of judicial economy. Requires plaintiff to establish a causal link between something done by the defendant and an injury suffered by the plaintiff. . convenience or fairness). §1367(d). other courts believe that subsection 4 restricts a court’s discretion. statute of limitations for refiling in state court is tolled for the period during which the federal suit was pending and for at least 30 days after the dismissal. If not met the case or the claims where standing is lacking must be dismissed. over type of lawsuit by statute.If a federal court refuses to exercise supplemental jurisdiction.Most courts construe same case or controversy.Standing (Justiciability): Limits federal court’s power to adjudicate cases to actual cases and not hypothetical or feigned disputes.§1367(a)[Court’s Power].gives Courts the power to decline to exercise supplemental jdx.
which the court did pursuant to 1441(c). John Deere attempted to remove the case to federal court under 1441(a) because of diversity. the case could not have originally been brought in federal court because the Amount in Controversy as to each defendant was not satisfied.Bars removal in diversity cases if any defendant is a citizen of the forum state.215. was fired after he took time off to be with his wife. Furthermore.Under 1441(c).Case can only be removed to the federal district court embracing the place where the state suit is pending. §1441(b). and bears no relationship to the FMLA claim.94. who was pregnant. Blue Bell: Eastus.59 against the Cowetts for payment on a defaulted promissory note. their attempt at removal was defective because the motion was not made by all of the defendants.whenever a separate & independent claim that is a federal question is joined with an otherwise nonremovable claim. Eastus moved to have the state law claims remanded. the entire case may be removed & the federal court has the discretion to determine the entire case or remand all matters in which state law predominates. the tortious interference claim involves separate acts by Blue Bell. He sued for intentional infliction of emotional distress and tortious interference with prospective contractual relations for telling potential employers that he was hard to work with. Cowett: McCurtain sought $15. in state court. However.V. Requires: (1) separate & independent claim (does not substantially involve the same facts) (2) joined with a federal question (3) otherwise nonremovable (4) matter in which state law predominates . Firing someone and preventing them from finding . Eastus v. Blue Bell removed to federal court because there was a federal question. Alternatively sought judgement against other defendants including John Deere for $2.903. §1332. calling prospective employers.allows defendant or defendants to remove case to federal court if it is one over which the district court would have had original jurisdiction (satisfies §1331. the court held that because there was no separate & independent claim against John Deere. McCurtain County Production v. The FMLA claim (wrongful termination) is not separate and independent from the intentional infliction of emotional distress claim because they involve the same facts (termination) and are merely two claims seeking different theories of recovery. REMOVAL JURISDICTION . or §1367). . who worked for Blue Bell.(Different from transfer). §1441(c). However. only defendants involved in separate & independent claim need file for removal to federal court. §1441(a).Federal court’s ability to hear cases that the defendant removes to federal courts to override plaintiff’s choice of forum.
and the first does not necessarily lead to the second. where court only requires a loose factual nexus to satisfy common nucleus of operative fact.). each element of duty. then has 60 days to respond if resides in U. As proof of the two counts will not substantially involve the same facts. .Adoption of FRCP. Federal court does not act unconstitutionally by retaining the entire case after it was removed by the defendant sued on the federal question. NOTICE PLEADING -Fact pleading (later rejected). state law claim that is part of the same constitutional case as the separate and independent federal claim. but was not removable under 1441(a) and (b). concise and direct. but is removed pursuant to 1441(c) and not 1332. Permissible under supplemental jurisdiction. insufficient process 5. short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief 3. lack of personal jurisdiction 3.a new job are separate wrongs.required party to carefully align the facts with each element of the asserted right (i. her response (answer) is normally due within 20 days (unless she has timely waived service under rule 4(d).S. the state court has the power to remand separate and independent claims. No technical form is required. 2. insufficient service of process 6. Presenting Defenses FRCP 12(b) 1. lack of subject matter jurisdiction 2. failure to join a party under Rule 19 . FRCP 12(a). a short and plain statement of the grounds for the court’s jurisdiction 2.S. state law claim between diverse parties.Once the defendant has been served with a summons and a copy of the complaint. breach. failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted 7. demand for the relief sought FRCP 8(d)(1)-each allegation must be simple. where state law predominates as to the individual claim. improper venue 4. and 90 if resides outside of U. causation must be identified and factually supported).FRCP 8(a) a pleading that states a claim for relief must contain: 1. that does not meet AIC.e. . When a court can retain jurisdiction over separate and independent claims: 1. rejected fact pleading and provided simplified form of pleading called notice pleading. .
VENUE TRANSFER A. and for injuries to real property. .S. the superior court in the county where the defendants or some of them reside at the commencement of the action is the proper court for the trial of the action. Mixed Actions.(bulk of all civil actions i. or some part thereof. Transitory Actions.Distinction between Local and Transitory Actions: . California Code of Civil Procedure §392(a)(1)-Governs Local Actions. . Can be filed anywhere. torts) nature of underlying claim does not lock the controversy to a specific venue. B. §1391: applies to all diversity cases and a most federal question cases.Venue. even if venue statute allows for additional options. or for the determination in any form. it may only be filed in the federal judicial district in which the property is situated. Caveat: actions involving damages to real property are not considered local as they do not affect ownership.3.1.Except as otherwise provided by law and subject to the power of the court to transfer actions or proceedings as provided in this title. PROPER VENUE IN FEDERAL COURTS General Venue Statute: 28 U. of that right or interest. or (2) for the foreclosure of all liens and mortgages on real property. OVERVIEW . . court will look to complaint to see what type of relief predominates the plaintiff’s claims.2. . .(mix between local and transitory) action is governed by the nature of the “main relief” (local or transitory).geographic location of the court in which the lawsuit is filed. .Convenience of a particular venue is presumed if a statute provides that the chosen venue is appropriate (all states have a “general” venue statute designed to cover the bulk of all civil litigation). .e. is situated is the proper court for the trial of the following actions: (1) for the recovery of real property or of an estate or interest therein. contract. . third and final step in selecting the appropriate court (after personal jurisdiction and subject matter jurisdiction).C.Venue is a personal right of the defendant that can be waived or altered by agreement (lack of proper venue does not automatically deprive court of authority to adjudicate issue). However states can amend by statute. that is the subject of the action.If an action is deemed local. Local Action-directly affects the ownership or possession of real property and can only be filed in the locality in which the real property is located.the superior court in the county where the real property.Example of Venue Statutes in State Courts: California Code of Civil Procedure §395(a)-Governs Transitory Actions.
if all defendants reside in the same State.e. be brought only in: (1) a judicial district where any defendant resides. Subsections (a)(2) and (b)(2).civil action wherein jurisdiction is founded only on diversity of citizenship may.a civil action wherein jurisdiction is not founded solely on diversity of citizenship may. if defendant is domiciled in the Central District of California. this means that a corporate defendant is a resident of the state’s judicial district if the corporation’s contacts with the state satisfy due process standards of either specific or general jurisdiction. or a substantial part of the property that is the subject of the action is situated. or (2) a judicial district in which a substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred.Residence. Other courts only require due process analysis. which is not a problem in a single district state.What does personal jurisdiction under §1391(c) mean? Some courts require the court to apply the standards of the state’s long-statute in addition to the due process analysis.applies to federal question cases. if all defendants reside in the same state. . in a multidistrict state. . or (2) a judicial district in which a substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred. §1391(b).” is generally given a broad interpretation.§1391(a). (3) a judicial district in which any defendant may be found. both subsections (a)(1) and (b)(1) provide the option of venue in that district). which eliminated the difficulty in . there may be problems if the long-arm statute cannot be applied to any specific district.Residence means domicile (i.Residence of Corporations.Substantial Part of Events.“events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred. this means a corporate defendant is deemed to reside in any district in that State within which its contacts would be sufficient to subject it to personal jurisdiction if that district were a separate state. .Subsection (c) Under (a)(1) or (b)(1). except as otherwise provided by law. However.a Defendant that is a corporation shall be deemed to reside in any judicial district in which it is subject to personal jurisdiction at the time the action is commenced. presents a question of federal law to which state law is irrelevant (Erie doctrine). (3) a judicial district in which any defendant is subject to personal jurisdiction at the time the action is commenced. be brought only in (1) a judicial district where any defendant resides. if there is no district in which the action may otherwise be brought. -In a multidistrict state.In a single district state. or a substantial part of the property that is subject to the action is situated. except as otherwise provided by law. Subsections (a)(1) and (b)(1). if there is no district in which the action may otherwise be brought.applies to diversity actions.
Substantiality is intended to preserve the element of fairness so that a defendant is not haled into a remote district having no relationship to the dispute. . §1404 (a):Transfer from Proper Venue to Proper Venue. in the interest of justice. Defendant has the burden of demonstrating that district court should transfer the action. Established rule that under §1391(a)(2) proper venue is any district court where there are substantial events giving rise to the claim. Subsequently. Bramlets initiated an arbitration action against First of Michigan and Sobol in Florida. C. the fallback provisions are not available. an investment broker. Bramlets filed FRCP 12(b)(3) motion to dismiss for improper venue.For the convenience of the parties and witnesses. Bramlet: Bramlets invested $62. (a)(3) states venue in a judicial district in which any defendant is subject to personal jurisdiction at the time the action is commenced. venue is proper in the Eastern District of Michigan. First of Michigan Corp.Can only be used if there is no district in which the action may otherwise be brought. First of Michigan and Sobol filed suit to enjoin and dismiss arbitration claim in the Eastern District of Michigan. but because the district court misapplied the statute. which occurred in Florida and thus venue was improper.C. Normally a district court order dismissing a suit for improper venue is reviewed under an abuse of discretion standard. (b)(3) states venue in a judicial district in which any defendant may be found. the appellate court held that this was an obsolete standard as the proper venue was no longer the district where the “most substantial event giving rise to the claim. “found” can be either construed as subject to personal jurisdiction or only transient jurisdiction. the appellate court reviewed the dismissal for lack of venue under a “de novo” standard.000 in an IRA with First Michigan pursuant to advice from Sobol. The district court dismissed because it held that “the substantial event” giving rise to the claim was the Bramlets filing the arbitration suit. but any substantial event giving rise to the claim.S.allows for more leeway in terms of when the defendant may be found. a district court may transfer any civil action to any other district or division where it might have been brought.determining the district where venue would be proper. On appeal. v. Events that might only have some tangential connection with the dispute in litigation are not enough. who only conducted business in Michigan. -Subsections (a)(3) and (b)(3)-Fallback Provisions. If venue is proper under either the “residence” or “substantial events” clauses. TRANSFER OF VENUE IN FEDERAL COURT 28 U. However. Since most of the Bramlets investments took place in Michigan or resulted from contact the Bramlets had with Sobol. as defendant may be found after the lawsuit has been commenced.
Smith brought claim in Galveston Division of the Southern District. the district court of a district in which a case is filed shall dismiss or if it be in the interest of justice transfer such case to any district or division in which it could have been brought. 28 U.S. Factors to consider in §1404(a) transfer: (1) availability and convenience of witnesses and parties (2) the location of books and records (3) the cost of obtaining attendance of witnesses and other trial expenses (4) the place of the alleged wrong (5) the possibility of delay and prejudice if transfer is granted (6) the plaintiff’s choice of forum (Given the greatest deference) Smith v. Blaski: Supreme Court held that a case could not be transferred under §1404(a) to a district in a state that lacked personal jurisdiction over the defendants at the commencement of the lawsuit because it was not literally one where the suit “could have been brought.: Smith is suing Colonial Penn for the breach of an insurance contract. .the court where the action is transferred to will use its own choice of law principles (i.C. . while Colonial Penn seeks to transfer the motion to the Houston Division of the Southern District.The court where the action is transferred to. Court held that since Galveston was the same distance from the Houston airport as the Houston District Court.e. Colonial Penn Insurance Co. What law applies in transfer cases? Van Dusen Rule-Under a §1404(a) transfer.e A suit originally filed in State X and transferred to State Y under §1406(a) will apply the same law that State Y would substantively apply). (i. will use the same substantive law as the court where the action was transferred from..can only transfer to a court where venue and personal jurisdiction would have been satisfied at the commencement of the lawsuit and the factors favor a transfer. Defendant contended that it would be inconvenient to litigate in Galveston because it did not have an airport. Under a §1406(a) transfer. there was no inconvenience and this was not enough to warrant a transfer given that the plaintiff’s choice of forum is given the greatest deference.” Remains true even if at the time of the transfer defendants are willing to waive any objection to personal jurisdiction in the transferee court.Hoffman v. Also applies to §1406(a) transfer. §1406(a) Transfer from improper venue to proper venue: Where venue is improper. A suit originally filed in State X and transferred to State Y under §1404(a) will apply the same law State X would substantively apply).Under §1404(a).
unless the objecting . A few courts use 28 U. §1406(a) or §1631(a) transfer motion. D. discovery). the majority of federal courts use a §1404(a) transfer. airline disasters and complex antitrust/securities cases). while a minority use §1406(a) transfer.S.e. Transfer is allowed when civil actions involving one or more common questions of fact are pending in different districts. whether a §1404(a). What happens when the originating court lacks personal jurisdiction? If a court lacks personal jurisdiction over a defendant. §1407 which allows the federal judicial system to coordinate and consolidate pretrial proceedings in factually related lawsuits. §1631 transfer was originally used when exclusive subject matter jurisdiction was lodged in a court other than the originating court. the standard remedy is to dismiss the case as to that party. Goldlawr transfer. on motion. the Van Dusen Rule does not apply.M/S Bremen Standard-If the selected forum is in a foreign country or in a specified state court. so a transfer from one federal forum to another should make no difference. When personal jurisdiction is lacking but the venue is proper. meaning the law of the originating court does not transfer to the transferee court. Multidistrict Litigation:Procedural device established by 28 U.A forum selection clause is a provision in a contract under which the parties agree to file any suit arising under the terms of the contract in a specific forum. dismiss a suit filed n federal court.only applies to federal courts and works as an alternative to dismissal-under a §1406(a) transfer a federal district court that lacked proper venue and personal jurisdiction over the defendant could dismiss the case and then transfer it to a venue that would be proper. **GENERAL RULE** When personal jurisdiction is lacking in the originating court. matter is transferred back to the federal district court from which they were transferred. There is no comparable device for cases filed in a multiplicity of state courts. After the pretrial matter are conducted (i.C §1631 to transfer to a proper venue when there is a “want of jurisdiction” in the originating court. . Thus federal law of circuit in which the receiving court sits shall be applied. Primary focus is the just and efficient conduct of such actions (usually involved in cases of mass torts. FORUM SELECTION CLAUSES . if doing so will be for the convenience of the parties and witnesses and will promote the just and efficient conduct of such actions.S.This rule does not apply in federal question cases which is based on the fiction that federal law is uniform throughout the nation.C. federal courts will. but its language is more encompassing.
a federal court will treat the clause as no more than a presumptively valid venue to or from which a case may be transferred. and (2) the balance of private and public concerns weigh heavily in the favor of dismissal. . diversity. While the forum selec E.if a forum selection clause broadly describes the selected forum as any court located in a certain state or geographic region.A party must show that (1) there is an available alternate forum. and then moved to either dismiss the case or transfer venue to the Western District of Pennsylvania. GNC removed the case to federal court based on §1332. the interest in having the trial of a diversity case in a forum that is at home with the law that must govern the action 4. FORUM NON CONVENIENS -Forum non conveniens is a common law dismissal doctrine that permits a court to decline the exercise of jurisdiction in order to permit a suit to be filed in another more convenient forum.It may be used in federal court when the more convenient forum is in a foreign country or a state court in the United States. -When there is a forum selection clause and the defendant seeks to transfer. The court held that the forum selection clause was unenforceable because it contradicted California’s strong public policy(declared by statute) against forum selection clauses as applied to franchise agreements. Jones filed suit in the state court of California.: Jones. Gilbert Factors of forum non conveniens Public Factors 1. the local interest in having localized interests decided at home 3. a franchisee of a GNC store had a contractual agreement with GNC and it contained a forum selection clause that designated any court whether federal or state is a proper venue in addition to containing a Pennsylvania choice of law clause. the majority of forum selection clauses are enforced. Inc. administrative difficulties flowing from court congestion 2.party can “clearly” show that the enforcement would be unreasonable and unjust or the clause is invalid or overreaching. It may be used in a state court when the more convenient forum is in a foreign or sister state. . Jones v. . the avoidance of unnecessary problems in conflict of laws or in the application of foreign law 5. GNC Franchising. the unfairness of burdening citizens in an unrelated forum with jury duty .When there is a forum selection clause that designates a specific court.
which does not recognize strict liability in tort. Operates as alternative forum for adjudication of the state created right. and (4) witnesses are out of reach of the compulsory process. Piper Aircraft v. Reyno: A small commercial aircraft crashed in the Scottish highlands during a charter flight. where the pilot and five passengers were killed instantly. v. the secretary of the lawyer who filed the lawsuit..Private Factors 1. was appointed administatrix and a lawsuit was commence in California for wrongful death against Piper and Hartzell because the U. possibility of view of premises if view would be appropriate to the action. law of negligence provides “substantive” standards against which to measure our everyday duties to one another). (Foundation Case). Although evidence concerning the plane and propeller was located in the U. availability of compulsory process for attendance of unwilling and the cost of obtaining attendance of willing witnesses 3. (2) inability to implead third-party defendants located in Scotland. The case was removed to the federal court in the Central District of California. and inexpensive. which is sufficient to support dismissal on grounds of forum non conveniens. The public factors also weigh in favor of Scotland as: (1) court would apply Pennsylvania law to Piper and Scottish law to Hartzell. . the private interests pointed to Scotland as the appropriate forum because (1) the real parties in interest are from Scotland. The decedents were all Scottish subjects and residents and at the time of the crash the plane was subject to Scottish air traffic control. while Hartzell moved to dismiss because it was not subject to personal jurisdiction or transfer the case to Pennsylvania. ERIE DOCTRINE **GENERAL RULE** Federal courts sitting in diversity will generally apply federal procedural law and state substantive law. (3) forcing parties to rely on actions of indemnity an contribution would be burdensome. Reyno.e. (2) lack of familiarity with Scottish law. Then Piper moved to transfer to the Western District of Pennsylvania under §1404(a). Once it was transferred. while the propellers were manufactured in Ohio by Hartzell.S.Substantive right. . Tompkins. relative ease of access to sources of proof 2. expeditious. Erie Railroad Co.S.defines the standards of conduct applicable to everyday life. (i. The plane was manufactured in Pennsylvania by Piper Aircraft. 4. Piper and Hartzell moved to dismiss because of forum non conveniens. (3) Scotland has a strong interest in the case because it occurred in their airspace. all of the decedents were scotish and all of the potential plaintiffs and defendants aside from Piper and Hartzell were either English or Scottish. all other practical problems that would make trial of a case easy. laws regarding liability are more favorable than Scotland’s.
treaties or statutes of the United States provide otherwise shall be regarded as rules of decisions in trials at common law.28 U. held that the common law of the states was not law.. The Court.the laws of the several states.specify the manner or means through which claims arising under the substantive law may be adjudicated. in the Courts of the United States. and the district court affirmed the decree under the general common law rather than the common law of Kentucky. Tompkins. on the other hand. . while walking along its right of way. and the federal courts were free to create their own body of general common law to apply to the matter. he could not.Procedural rules. they also wanted to prevent the Black & White Taxicab. that he was rightfully on the premises because he was using a commonly used footpath which ran alongside the tracks. the person obligated on the bill could raise the fraud defense against a bona fide purchaser. in an effort to promote uniformity throughout the country. §1652. Erie Railroad Co. He claimed that the accident occurred through negligence in the operation or maintenance of the train.: Brown & Yellow Taxicab. exercise independent judgement as to what the common law of the state should be. which would grant them the exclusive privilege of soliciting passenger and baggage transportation at the railroad. v. a Kentucky corporation. The Court held that Swift v. a Kentucky corporation. shall be regarded as rules of decision in trials at common law. Kentucky railroad station. Tyson: The issue was whether an individual who had purchased a bill of exchange for value and in good faith be barred from recovering on the bill due to the fraud of the original holder.Statute of limitations is a procedural tool that can act substantively if federal statute of limitations permits substantive right to be adjudicated while state statute of limitations bars the claim. Tompkins: Tompkins was injured by a passing freight train of the Erie Railroad Company. v. Brown & Yellow reincorporated in Tennessee. argued that the matter should be determined as a matter of federal general common law. except where the Constitution.Rules of Decision Act (RDA) .S. wanted to enter into a contract with the Bowling Green.C. except where the Constitution. and was ultimately struck by a door from a moving freight car. Black & White Taxicab Co. which stated that laws of the several states. and executed the contract. Tyson were brought to light when they brought suit to enjoin competition against Black & White. Erie denied liability and argued that the matter should be determined as a matter of Pennsylvania law. . common law of the states were not laws as defined by the Rules of Decisions Act. treaties or statutes of the United States otherwise require or provide. Swift v. The inequities of Swift v. Under New York common law. Tyson was wrong in allowing federal courts to ignore the unwritten law of the state and instead. pursuant to the Federal Judiciary Act of 1789 (Rules of Decision Act). from interfering with that privilege. because it created discrimination by non-citizens against citizens and rendered . while under the general principles of common law. Brown & Yellow Taxicab Co. and vice versa. in cases where they apply. where the accident occurred.
Federal Procedure derived from federal common-law I.Translation. Established that federal courts sitting in diversity must follow the substantive laws of the state. Pre. -Track One Analysis: (1) Is the statute “sufficiently broad to control the issue” before the Court? (“direct collision” between state and federal law).FEDERAL PROCEDURE DERIVED FROM FEDERAL STATUTE . does it limit a power in the Constitution). denial of independence). The court held that a federal district court must apply the choice-of-law principles that a Delaware state court would apply. Question becomes which trumps the other. an Alabama company. shall be the Supreme Law of the land.State law must conform to the Constitution and must yield to constitutionally valid federal law whenever a conflict between state and federal law arises.Supremacy Clause. the court ended federal general common law. Therefore. Track Three. does it violate separation of powers. federal procedural law must be applied. 1. Erie + Klaxon = A federal district court exercising jurisdiction over a state law claim must apply the same substantive law as would be applied by the courts of the state in which the federal district court sits. and the Judges in every state shall be bound thereby.Erie: Courts allowed to do this despite Rules of Decision Act (RDA) because state common law was not considered law. and the Laws of the United States made pursuant to it. The contract contained a forum selection clause . (2) Is the statute valid? Is it capable of being rationally classifiable as procedural? (premised on enumerated power in Constitution. including the state’s common law. Stewart v. TRACK ONE. Tyson. If so. which allowed federal courts to freely ignore state common law and apply its own view of general common law.Erie overruled Swift v.The Constitution.Erie type problems arise when federal procedural law conflicts with state substantive law. and held that the decisions rendered by the Supreme Court of the state were laws of the state and were to be applied in accordance with Rules of Decisions Act. Ricoh: Stewart Organization. .Federal Procedure derived from a Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 3. any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding.Federal Procedure derived from Federal Statute 2.equal protection of the law impossible (invaded authority of the State. and all treaties made under the authority of the United States. entered into a dealership agreement to market copier products of Ricoh. Track Two. The parties disagreed over whether to apply New York or Delaware law. . Klaxon: Contract dispute between a New York company and a Delaware company. . Track One.
Supreme Court interpretations of the U. 6.Erie sounded death knell for federal general common law. . and had a public policy against contractual forum-selection clauses. global statutory federal common law. and a choice-of-law provision designating that New York law would control disputes.created when federal courts fill a gap in an otherwise comprehensive legislative scheme (i. interpreted provision narrowly to avoid conflict with State law. while Alabama has a policy that categorically disfavors forum selection clauses.e.e.Federal common law that stems from a federal statute.N. -Erie sometimes plays a subtle role in Track One by inviting a narrow reading of the federal statute in order to avoid a conflict with state law or policy. the Constitution.. The Court held that 1404(a) was broad enough to cover the issue because it gives courts the discretion to transfer based on individualized case-specific factors. which is the federal court’s power to develop common law pertaining to matters over which the Constitution vests authority in the federal government. treaties and laws of the United States triggers a Track One Analysis and trumps state law to the contrary on a Supremacy Clause Analysis.power of federal courts to create federal common law in the context of admiralty and maritime suits.providing that any dispute arising out of the contract could be brought only in a court in Manhattan.judicially created laws that protect uniquely federal interests (i. Scalia Dissent.e.Y. Federal law governs the transfer motion.national interest in uniformity in controversies over water rights allows Supreme Court to act where there is an absence of congressional legislation. but not federal common law. 2. It is valid because it is a housekeeping measure that falls comfortably within Congress’ powers under Article III as designated by the Necessary & Proper Clause. a. interstitial federal common law. Sometimes triggers Track One Analysis because it sometimes stems from federal statute. b. 5. minimum contacts test from due process clause and interpretation of “arising under” of Article III). 4. federal interests that stem from a statute). Ricoh sought to transfer motion to S. 3. implied rights of action). or fills a gap in the statutory scheme. Foreign relations & customary international law . Uniquely federal interests.creation of federal common law to prevent state or foreign law interference with federal interests. where he stated that 1404(a) is a venue provision and is not broad enough to preempt Alabama state law regarding contracts.e. deciding when Sherman Antitrust Act applies).The subtle role of Erie played a role in Scalia’s dissent. Interstate Relations. often triggered when the liability of the United States is at stake.D.creation of statutory federal common law that does more than fill a gap (i. .S. Statutory federal common law. Constitution (i. -Examples: 1. Admiralty & Maritime Law. Constitutional Common law. . but Stewart argued that Alabama law governed the transfer motion.Judicial interpretation of federal statute to the extent that it adds or alters rights or obligations.
and the plaintiff invoked diversity jurisdiction by filing the complaint in federal court within the state’s two-year statute of limitations. Does it abridge. enlarge or modify any substantive right? If not must be applied regardless of state law to the contrary. Merchants Transfer & Warehouse Co. TRACK TWO.C. and held that since . which she claimed was caused by one of Wilson’s employees. . Sibbach v. The court did not examine Rule 3 under Sibbach and the express standards of the REA. which is consistent with FRCP 35(a).(a) Supreme Court has the power to prescribe general rules of practice and procedure and rules of evidence for cases in the United States district courts and courts of appeals.: A highway accident occurred in Kansas. while Sibbach refused to comply because Illinois law refused to give state court judges the power to order physical examinations. Her right to privacy arose solely in connection with the conduct of litigation and is therefore more properly categorized as a procedural right. Track Two Analysis 1. .Some judges felt that Erie was an omnipresent principle of federalism and the simple model adopted in Sibbach disappeared until Hannah v. Wilson denied liability and moved for an order requiring her to submit to a physical examination pursuant to FRCP 35 (a). FRCP 35(a) must be applied.There is a strong presumption that any federal rule of civil procedure is valid.(b) such rules shall not abridge.: Sibbach was injured in an automobile accident in Indiana. Is the federal rule broad enough to cover the circumstances? 2. where substantial events giving rise to the claim occurred.28 U. Wilson & Co. Erie plays a subtle role in Track 2 analysis in that courts will take a narrow reading of the federal rule to avoid conflict and enforce state law. but rather a substantial right. The court held that it does not abridge. .S. but service of process was not effected until after the statute had run. enlarge or modify any substantive right because the right to freedom from invasion is not a substantive right. but lower court erred in holding Sibbach in contempt pursuant to FRCP 37.II. enlarge or modify any substantive right. FRCP 3 stated that a civil action is deemed commenced by filing a complaint. Plaintiff concedes that rules are procedural in nature in an attempt to avoid application of Indiana law. Plumer. Trilogy of Cases Ragan v. Is the federal rule capable of being rationally classifiable as procedural? 3. § 2072 Rules Enabling Act (REA).FEDERAL PROCEDURE DERIVED FROM FRCP . The court held that the FRCP was broad enough to cover the issue because FRCP 35(a) gave district court judges the power to compel physical examinations.
the Oklahoma statute of limitations deems an action commenced when service is commenced on the defendant. The accident occurred in South Carolina and was allegedly caused by the negligence of Plumer. which caused its head to shatter and strike him in the eye. under Erie. or in the alternative. petitioner has 60 days to serve defendant. enlarge or modify substantive right. The Court held that since Mississippi denied the corporation a remedy (substantive right) access to the federal court must be denied as well. Does not abridge. Beneficial Industrial Loan Corp. a carpenter. injured himself while pounding a nail manufactured by Armco into a cement wall. Woods claimed that the contract was void because Interstate failed to register to do business within the state. Plumer(Part I): Hannah filed her complaint in the District Court of Massachusetts. because the only right at issue is how service should be effected. Armco Steel: Walker. Declared Erie irrelevant as a measure of validity. but does not explicitly toll the statute of limitations. FRCP 3 governs when a lawsuit commences. district court denied the motion. required in hand service. and therefore commanded the enforcement of state law. The Court held that although Rule 23 did not require the plaintiff to post a bond. even if service is made outside of statute of limitations. the “measure” of that cause must be governed by state tolling provision.state law created the cause of action. but rather that the scope of the Federal Rule was not as broad as the losing party urged. on the other hand. Rule 4(d)(1) is rationally classifiable as procedural because it prescribes the manner in which a defendant is to be notified that a suit has been instituted against him. Hannah v. Walker v. Reinterpreted the trilogy of cases as Erie had never been applied to void a Federal Rule. While the suit was pending. in compliance with FRCP 4(d)(1). state law applies. Service was not made until after 60-day period. claiming damages for personal injuries stemming from an car accident. Erie played a subtle influence as the Court held that the FRCP was not as broad as the Walker urged. Woods v. New Jersey enacted a statute that allowed any corporation subject to a derivative suit the right to demand the plaintiff post security for reasonable expenses that might be incurred by the corporation in defending the suit. which is procedural. Beneficial filed a motion to require the plaintiff to post a security bond. No direct conflict. which governs timing requirements of Federal Rules. the court was obligated to follow state law.Hannah was a response to the confusing trilogy of cases decided after Sibbach. Interstate Realty Co.: Tennessee corporation sued a resident of Mississippi seeing a broker’s commission on real estate sold by the corporation on behalf of the resident.: Cohen filed a stockholder’s derivative action filed against Beneficial involving allegation of corporate mismanagement and fraud. Cohen v. . Service was made on Plumer’s executor by leaving copies of the summons and complaint with the executor’s wife at his residence. Walker argued that the nail was manufactured defectively. . Massachusetts law. Direct collision between federal and state law because Rule 4(d)(1) states that in-hand service is not required in federal courts. Although Walker filed the complaint in a timely manner.
the Court held that the decision defined the scope and method of judicial review. Blue Ridge argued that South Carolina law. Since the statute of limitations would have barred recovery in state court. Is it arguably procedural? 3. it held that the federal policy of having juries decide questions of fact (derived from the Seventh Amendment) trumps the state rules regarding statutory employees because the state rule wasn’t really outcome determinative. Track Three Analysis 1. mandated that a judge determine whether a person was a statutory employee. The Court held that where a federal court is adjudicating a state-created right. Blue Ridge denied liability on the grounds that Byrd was a “statutory employee” whose recovery was limited to that provided by worker’s compensation.III. is there a strong federal policy that outweighs the state interest at stake? Guaranty Trust v. 4. statutory. Always triggers Track III analysis. York: York filed suit against Guaranty Trust claiming breach of fiduciary duty for devaluing the notes that she held as a beneficiary. (i. nor can it substantially affect the enforcement of the right as given by the State. Blue Ridge. Is there a potential conflict between judge-made rule & state rule? 2. .authority to create a nonconstitutional federal common law of procedure. while working for an independent contractor. The appellate court reversed the trial court’s decision and held that a trust relationship did not exist and the court was free to ignore the state statute of limitations. solely for the purposes of diversity of citizenship. In analyzing Adams. Byrd v.WHERE NO RULE EXISTS . pursuant to Adams v. Derives from Article III’s power to create free-standing procedural common law where no constitutional. Therefore. Refined Erie and established that federal courts must apply state law whenever application of federal law would alter the outcome of the case.. Created ByrdBalancing. it cannot afford recovery if the right to recover is made unavailable by the State. or formal federal rule exists. Blue Ridge: Byrd lost both of his forearms. Erie plays a direct & significant role. Lastly. a federal court cannot afford recovery. forum non conveniens and res judicata). and sought equitable relief. TRACK THREE-FEDERAL PROCEDURAL COMMON LAW.Under this track. which barred the suit.e. at a construction site in South Carolina. it did not arise as part of the integral relationship created by the statute.. Davison-Paxon Co. instead they were free to rely on the doctrine of laches (timing doctrine in equitable relief procedures). as state courts were allowed to distribute functions of its judicial machinery (whether judge or jury decides certain questions) at its discretion. If so.formula which allowed strong federal policy to trump state rules. Created outcome determinative test. which did not bar the suit. Procedural Common law. Is it valid? Is it outcome determinative? Twin aims of Erie are to avoid forum shopping that leads to an inequitable administration of the law.
.000 transparencies that depicted active war zones.The comparison between the federal policy underlying the federal standard and the state rule used to determine whether an outcome determinative federal standard should be applied instead of the state rule. Lockheed moved to dismiss on grounds that the claim was barred by California’s 2-year statute of limitations. He agreed to let the Center for Humanities use some of his transparencies for a documentary.Byrd Balancing. and he subsequently sued. Semtek: Semtek filed a complaint against Lockheed alleging inducement of breach of contract. The Maryland state court dismissed on the ground of res judicata. and creates a refined “outcome determinative” test that incorporates the forum shopping rationale of Erie (do not want forum shopping that leads to inequitable administration of the law). it held that the same claim-preclusive rule (state rule) applied whether case had been ordered by a state or federal court. The Center moved for a new trial under FRCP 59. The normal “shocks the conscience” standard of appellate review was seen as outcome determinative because the “deviates materially” standard was designed to reduce excessive damages awards through closer oversight. which was reconcilable with the 7th Amendment’s mandate for a fair trial or a “deviates materially” standard. as governed by the federal common law or the law of the state in which the federal court sits. Gasperini: Gasperini was a journalist for CBS News and the Christian Science Monitor. unless there is a strong federal policy that favors the federal standard. but they lost some of them. The Center conceded liability and the jury awarded a verdict of $450. and Semtek filed the same complaint in Maryland. The conflict was whether the method for reviewing itemized jury verdicts was to be determined excessive under an “abuse of discretion/shocks the conscience” standard.with prejudice. which would lead to an inequitable administration of the law. and took over 5. The Court held that there is no need for a formal federal rule and to prevent forum shopping. Plumer (Part II): Purely Dictum. State rules should be applied instead of federal standards where application of the federal rule is outcome determinative. The Court avoided Byrd balancing by holding that the district court would adopt a “deviates materially” standard while the appellate court would continue to apply a “shocks the conscience” standard.000 in compensatory damages. etc. The court granted the motion to dismiss on the merits. which was codified by New York. who worked in Central America. which had a 3-year statute of limitations. Hannah v. The conflict was whether the judgement entered into by the California court had a claim-preclusive effect. political leaders. Abandons strict “outcome determinative” test of York.
which permitted joinder of claims of the same transaction.The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) served to liberate the rules of joinder for both claims and parties. . but the mere fact that a federal rule authorizes the filing of a claim does not guarantee that the federal can hear it. II. . .In 1846. which permitted joinder of claims of the same type i. and borrowed from equity. OVERVIEW OF JOINDER . New York abolished its court of equity and implemented the Field Code.Joinder is a means of allowing litigants to assert additional claims and bring in additional parties to the lawsuit. .Codes were only partially successful in liberalizing joinder of claims.JOINDER OF CLAIMS & PARTIES I. .Borrowed from the common law. they constituted different transactions). . as courts read the same transaction in a highly restrictive fashion (see Anderson v. and litigants could not otherwise join claims that did not fall within the same form of action.Joinder is governed almost exclusively by statutes and rules. (3) injuries to property. Often construed narrowly and had the effect of only allowing mandatory joinder and excluding permissive joinder. multiple plaintiffs could only join together if they had an interest in the subject of the action and in obtaining the relief demanded (Defendants also had to have an interest in the controversy). Field Code sought to ensure that a litigant could obtain all of the relief to which she was entitled in a single lawsuit. JOINDER OF CLAIMS . Lastly. the civil action.By merging law and equity.Code provisions also failed to liberalize joinder of parties because claims involving multiple defendants also had to fall within the same code class. Hill where court held that although beating of woman and calling her a dirty. thieving whore happened at the same time. which created one form of action to protect a citizen’s private rights. (2) injuries to person. .Legal claims/causes of action were divided into classes such as: (1) contracts. an (4) actions arising from the same transaction. all contract claims. or transactions connected with the same subject of the action.e. and each claim had to affect all parties to the action. .
but not the other. plaintiff may ask court to invoke discretionary doctrine of pendent venue. which state venue is proper in a district where a substantial part of the events/omissions giving rise to the claim have occurred. which is permissible if the claims arise from a common nucleus of operative fact. and won $73.Defendant must file compulsory counterclaim. set against the judgement. as venue may be proper for one claim.Venue generally does not pose an obstacle to joinder of additional claims. venue is proper in a judicial district where any defendant resides. if venue is based on 1391(a)(1) civil action founded solely on diversity is proper in any district where the defendant resides. Does not require adjudication over parties. However.If this happens. as independent or alternative claims. Arises out of the same transaction or occurrence 3. as many claims.FRCP 18(a). -Counterclaims filed in response to plaintiff’s joinder of claims.compulsory counterclaims.678.Problems may arise when venue is based on 1391(a)(2) or 1391(b)(2). or 1391(b)(1) civil action not based solely on diversity. COUNTERCLAIMS FRCP 13(a).A. but court must still have subject matter jurisdiction over the claim. and Burlington sued in a separate action to recover the money.FRCP provide complete and unrestricted joinder of claims between plaintiffs and defendants. B. Burlington moved to have the money Strong received as SSB. and even .000. if all of defendants reside in the same state. as he/she has against a defendant. Strong: Strong was injured in two separate accidents. It exists at the time of the pleading (maturity) 2. as it was based on the collective bargaining agreement signed before Strong’s accident. . if all of the defendants reside in the same state. and received $11. the court held that Burlington’s counterclaim did not arise out of the same transaction. The agreement stated that any SSB received by employees would not duplicate recovery of lost wages from a disability case. who the court does not have jurisdiction over Burlington Northern Railroad Co v. . Strong sued Burlington for personal injury tort damages. pursuant to the collective bargaining agreement his union had with Burlington Northern Railroad.21 as Supplemental Sickness Benefit (SSB). (Look Up Pendent Venue). Permissive Joinder . The trial court refused.Plaintiff chose venue and has waived right to object to any claims that the defendant has asserted against her. and venue must be proper for each claim. . A counterclaim is compulsory when: 1. . Strong appealed the judgement in Burlington’s favor on the grounds that it should have been barred by res judicata.(permissive joinder of claims) plaintiff may join.
and the danger of prejudice to the opposing party. In order to determine whether the court had to determine whether it had subject matter over the counterclaim. evidence centering on improprieties and transgressions as defined by the FDCPA). Consequences for failing to asset a counterclaim. Clayton-Parker and Associates. the extent of the delay. the claim had not matured at the time of the pleading because Burlington did not know that it was entitled to the money until after the judgement was entered in favor of Strong in the first suit. Applied rule for compulsory counterclaims (same transaction and maturity of claim). Excusable neglect is determined by the good faith of the claimant. it had to be dismissed. . Permissive counterclaims need an independent basis of jurisdiction to be joined. excusable neglect. it was a permissive counterclaim of which the court did not have subject matter jurisdiction over and therefore. Hart alleged that ClaytonParker engaged in deceptive. federal courts may exercise jurisdiction over a compulsory counterclaim regardless of whether there is an independent basis of jurisdiction (compulsory counterclaims naturally arise out of the same transaction). The court held that it was not a compulsory counterclaim because although the defendant’s right to payment and the fairness of its collection practices are factually linked. inadvertence. unfair and abusive debt-collection practices in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and applicable Arizona law prohibiting unreasonable debt collection practices. or if justice so requires. Thus. the counterclaim is usually barred under a theory of waiver or estoppel. However. Inc. Hart v. Claims that require the presence of third parties over whom the court cannot acquire jurisdiction 3. which was then assigned to Clayton-Parker for collection.: Hart was unable to pay her credit card bill from J. a cause of action on the debt arises out of events different from the cause of action for abuse in collecting (evidence regarding existence of a contract and failure to perform contract vs. 2.If a party fails to assert a counterclaim.C.Under 1367(a). Penneys. Exceptions to Compulsory Counterclaim rule 1. it had to determine whether it was a compulsory or permissive counterclaim. Claims the defendant did not possess at the time he answered the complaint and which matured or were acquired later. 4. . Penney. Clayton-Parker’s counterclaim alleged that she defaulted on her payments and owed an installment credit with J. courts are flexible and FRCP 13(f) allows the court the power to grant leave to file a counterclaim that was omitted through oversight.C. Claims that were the subject of another pending action at the same time the action was commenced (would not serve the interests of judicial economy).if it did arise out of the same transaction. Claims by defendant over whom the court has obtained only in rem or quasi in rem jurisdiction if that defendant has not filed any other counterclaims against the defendant.
absent the showing of balance of convenience in favor of the second action. . contacting customers. and submit a Warranty Refund Claim to Ford. Ford believed that it was receiving false claims.If a plaintiff is forced to split his claims by law.. Ford Motor Company: Ford devised a warranty claims scheme. which comprised of inspecting the dealership records. filed a claim for an injunctive relief against Ford contacting its customers. and also serves to force the plaintiff to file any counterclaims it has against the plaintiff in its reply to the defendant’s answer. (Rule determines forum shopping by the plaintiff in the second action). Semmes. Semmes Motors. Inc. a defendant is not barred from asserting a compulsory counterclaim in the second proceeding as opposed to the first proceeding. and inspecting repaired units. Established that even when the party filing the suit in the second action is the plaintiff rather than the defendant.Although FRCP 18(a) allows a plaintiff to join any claims she has against a defendant. or else the causes of action which arise out of the same transaction as the first suit will be barred in the second suit. Ford counterclaimed to recover false warranty claims. v. and does not force her to file any claims unless the defendant has filed a counterclaim. or the court may stay dismiss or transfer the action before it. but they did not file for interlocutory relief (prevent Ford from doing anything until matter was adjudicated). the first court has priority over a parallel lawsuit filed with the second court. A party can attempt to litigate an omitted compulsory counterclaim by filing a second action while the first suit is still pending. who formed the Ford Dealers Alliance to combat abuse because of the franchise system. the doctrine of res judicata can force a plaintiff to assert all of her claims at once. court may enjoin the second action. and Semmes was granted leave to amend its second suit to include wrongful termination of their dealership. As Ford prepared to interview the customers who allegedly had warranty claims (because Semmes failed to file interlocutory appeal). whereby a purchaser that finds a defect with the car can return the car to the dealer. Semmes informed Ford of its intent to file a second suit that was identical to the first. who will repair it. except that the second suit contained a temporary restraining order against contacting customers.Parallel Federal Proceedings The failure to assert a compulsory counterclaim under FRCP 13(a) operates as a bar to filing the claim in a second suit only if the first suit has already gone to judgement. The company then reimburses the dealer for the replacement part at cost plus a profit and for labor. as it does not involve the circuity of action 13(a) was designed to prevent. .Rule 13(a) operates to force the defendant to file any counterclaims it has against the defendant. The Court held that the New York court should have stayed its proceedings because its claim of wrongful termination arose out of the same transaction as the Ford’s termination of the dealership in the first suit. which forces the party to assert the omitted counterclaim in the first suit. But. and informed Semmes that it was conducting an audit. -Exception to rule 13(a). . under first-to-file rule. Ford terminated their franchise relationship with Semmes.
Carriers for damages sustained after his car collided with tractor owned by M. The court held because Atlantis filed a cross-claim against RMG for breach of contract (substantive claim). Carriers. However. the party can join with that cross-claim any other claims that she has against the opposing party.Once a party asserts a cross-claim against its co-party that arises out of the same transaction as the cause of action.S. M. . RMG’s boat collided with Haydu’s boat. Established that co-parties become adversaries and are subject to 13(a) when one party files a cross-claim against the other.and passengers filed a suit against M. Caveat. Passengers moved to amend their complaint to name their co-plaintiff Harrison as well as his insurer Guaranty National Insurance as co-defendants. including those that are totally unrelated to the main actions or any counterclaims filed within the suit. CROSSCLAIMS FRCP 13(g). Atlantis Submarines Hawaii: Rainbow Management Group (RMG) was under contract with Atlantis to transport passengers back and forth from Atlantis’ submarine. technically the the passengers should not have been allowed to assert a cross-claim against its co-plaintiff because FRCP 7(a) requires a cross-claim/ counterclaim to be attached to a pleading. they became adversaries. RMG filed a second suit seeking recovery of damage to its vessel. Berry. sued RMG and Atlantis. RMG filed a cross-claim against Atlantis seeking indemnity and denying any wrongdoing.Cross-Claim against a co-party: A pleading may state as a cross-claim any claim by one party against a co-party arising out of the same transaction or occurrence that is the subject matter of the original action or of a counterclaim therein. Atlantis filed a cross-claim against RMG and a third-party complaint against Haydu (breach of contract.S. and loss of its use resulting from the collision. Majority Rule: Co-parties become opposing parties within the meaning of FRCP 13(a) after one party pleads an initial cross-claim against the other (other party must file any compulsory counterclaim it has). Rainbow Management Group v. an injured passenger aboard Haydu’s boat. Carriers: Harrison. The court held that the passengers were allowed to file a cross claim against its co-plaintiff. Harrison v. Thus. and RMG was forced to file any compulsory counterclaims that it had against Atlantis. and indemnity). and there was no pleading filed against Harrison.C. alleging that they negligently handled their boats. Rule 18(a). Rule only applies when initial cross-claim is a substantive claim (does not include claims for contribution or indemnity). which was carrying passengers as they prepared to scuba dive. While transporting passengers.S. Later. claims in the second suit were barred.Court must still be able to assert subject matter jurisdiction over those claims.
Collusive Transfer. the court denied the motion for summary judgement. administrators.Courts have the discretion to either allow substitution or dismiss the action. No action shall be dismissed on the ground that it is not prosecuted in the name of the real party in interest until a reasonable time has been allowed after objection for ratification of commencement of the action by joinder of real party in interest. (2) Green could have been the real party in interest in Pennsylvania state court where the claim was originally filed. it was the real party in interest. The court noted that Pennsylvania law differed from federal law.§1359 District courts shall not have jurisdiction over claims in which any party by assignment has been improperly or collusively made or joined to invoke the jurisdiction of the court .Courts have taken a similar where there have been assignments to defeat diversity jurisdiction. if the suit is not filed by the real party in interest. Daimler Benz moved for summary judgement on the basis since Metropolitan had paid the insurance proceeds. which shall have the same effect as if the action had been commenced in the name of the real party in interest. Permissive Joinder of Parties by Plaintiffs Real party in Interest . assignment is between closely affiliated business entities. . and (3) Daimler raised the objection once the trial was moved to federal court. as federal law required the real party in interest to file the suit while Pennsylvania law had a similar rule.Executors. assignment occurred closed to the time the suit was commenced lack of meaningful consideration for assignment direct evidence of motive to create diversity jurisdiction . as President of Infants Children & Youth.Consider whether assignee lacked a prior interest in claim.Every action shall be prosecuted in the name of the real party in interest. Green v.FRCP 17(a). JOINDER OF PARTIES A. allegedly because of defects. guardians may bring suit in their own name. Daimler Benz. The car was insured under his own name with Metropolitan Insurance. .000 deductible. there was not a reasonable time after rejection for ratification. without having to join the party for whose benefit the action is brought. FRCP 17(a)(3). which he crashed into a snow bank. and subsequently caught fire. AG: Green. who paid the insurance proceeds to Green minus the $1. and thus. Further noting the amendment to FRCP 17(a). purchased a Mercedes-Benz. as (1) it was unclear who the real party in interest was.III. but did not enforce the rule where a subrogee is the real party in interest. Permissive Joinder of Parties .
:Exxon dealers filed a class-action suit against the Exxon Corporation. Persons may join in one action as plaintiffs if they assert any right to relief jointly. or in the alternative with respect to or arising out of the same transaction. Her family joined in the suit. Established the contamination theory.FRCP 20(a)-1 Persons who may join or be joined-A. occurrence. then the addition of these parties contaminates the original claim.may be joined in one action as defendants if (A) any right to relief is asserted against them jointly. or series of transactions or occurrences. Star-Kist (decided along with Exxon) 9-year old girl sued Star-Kist in a diversity action seeking damages when she sliced her finger on a tuna can. Inc.any claim founded solely only on 1332. Anomaly caused by multiple defendants: If there is a small class of defendants. who are joined pursuant to rule 20. Exxon Mobil Corp. Allapattah Services. v. Rosario Ortega v. when exercising supplemental jurisdiction would be inconsistent with the jurisdictional requirements of section 1332 (complete diversity and amount in controversy). or over claims by persons proposed to be joined as plaintiffs under Rule 19 or seeking to intervene as plaintiffs under Rule 24. which is if additional parties are not completely diverse. which defeats diversity jurisdiction. and any question of law or fact common to all defendants will arise in the action. alleging an intentional and systematic scheme by Exxon to overcharge them fuel purchased from Exxon. Where neither party satisfies AIC. 2. seeking damages for emotional distress and medical expenses.Federal courts have supplemental jurisdiction over all claims that are so related to claims. 1367(a). severally. Ex. it does not matter that they do not satisfy the AIC. and where one of the plaintiffs does not meet the AIC requirement. and B. or where complete diversity is not met then 1367(a) is not satisfied. 20. class actions. Contamination theory only applies to acts by plaintiffs. severally or in the alternative with respect to arising out of the same transaction. any question of law or fact common to all plaintiffs will arise in the action. However. if there is a large class of defendants joined under rule 23. as joinder under rule 20 is not prohibited by 1367(b). that they form the same case or controversy under Article III. Defendants Persons. then the fact that one of the plaintiffs does not meet the AIC requirement does not prevent supplemental jurisdiction. which the court has original jurisdiction over. supplemental jurisdiction cannot be exercised. district courts shall not have supplemental jurisdiction over claims by plaintiffs against persons made parties under Rule 14. 19. if there are other jurisdictional defects. 1367(b). or 24. . The Court held that because the plaintiffs were joined pursuant to rule 20.
allows a defendant to file a third party complaint against a nonparty who is or may be liable to indemnify the defendant for all or part of the plaintiff’s claim against him.indemnity claim against 3rd party defendant . Quantum filed a counterclaim against Hartford pursuant to FRCP 13h and added Property Insurers as a third party defendant to its counterclaim. Quantum instituted action to try and get the case dismissed. United States: Schoot and Vorbau were each assessed a 100% penalty for their failure to collect.: A heat exchanger failed at Quantum. JOINDER OF PARTIES BY DEFENDANTS FRCP 13(h). If Joinder is proper under either of these rules. which is satisfied. Special Note. Quantum Chemical Corp. FRCP 14.Quantum’s counterclaims against Hartford are compulsory and although they are not diverse. Court still has supplemental jurisdiction (not an act done by the plaintiff).permits a defendant who has filed a counterclaim or crossclaim against an existing party to join a new party to that claim. as a third-party plaintiff. venue is proper in any district where the plaintiff resides. but court held that it had supplemental jurisdiction over the claim because although Property Insurers was joined pursuant to Rule 20. Schoot v. Joinder pursuant to rule 20 is proper because (analyzing from the government’s perspective) Vorbau and Schoot had common issues of law or fact. and therefore 1367(b) does not bar Quantum’s counterclaim. Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co. v. the claim was made by Quantum a defendant. truthfully account for.A defending party. it is also necessary that the court be able to obtain personal jurisdiction over the new party. the president of Steelograph as an additional defendant of the government’s counterclaim. Venue was also proper because in suits against the government.not technically a defendant nor a plaintiff-when drawn visually in the middle.B. impleader. and with Property Insurers (covers damages from explosions but not accidents). causing damage to the heat exchanger and some surrounding property. Vorbau was subject to personal jurisdiction and therefore the counterclaim was proper. Types of claims allowed by Rule 14(a): 1. may cause a summons and complaint to be served upon a person not a party to the action who is or may be liable to a third-party plaintiff for all or part of the plaintiff’s claim against the third-party plaintiff. Quantum had insurance coverage with Hartford (covers damages from accident but not explosion). Furthermore. Hartford refused to arbitrate and instead sought declaratory judgement that Quantum’s losses were not covered under its policy. as this is a compulsory counterclaim (part of original claim) Vorbau cannot object to venue because he was not a part of the original claim. and pa over withholding and Federal Insurance Contribution Act taxes that stemmed from Steelograph Business Interiors. FRCP 14(a). and used 13(h) to attach Vorbau. under the defendant’s counterclaim. Schoot sued the government to recover Internal Revenue taxes and interest that were allegedly erroneously assessed. The government counterclaimed against Schoot.
American National Can Co. who attempted to join Poppe as a party pursuant to FRCP 14.claims by plaintiff against third-party defendant Use of 14(a) or (b) triggers compulsory counterclaim rule. On a timely motion. 3. Governed by FRCP 24 FRCP 24(a) Intervention of Right. v. Relying on Tectonic’s reports.allows a third-party defendant who is sued for indemnity to proceed under this rule against a nonparty who is or may be liable to the third-party defendant for all or part of any claim against it. the predecessor in interest to Wallkill Associates planned to buy property. 14(a)(2)(D). Would have been permitted prior to 1367(b) because not seen as an end-run around standards of diversity.counterclaims by third-party defendant against third-party plaintiff and cross claims by third-party defendant against co-party third-party defendant. FRCP 18(a). Guaranteed Systems filed a third-party action against sub-contractor HydroVac alleging claims for indemnity and contribution.A party asserting a claim. crossclaim.Fourth Party Impleader. particularly if the stranger has an interest that may be harmed if the suit were to proceed without them. or third-party claim may join as independent or alternative claims.claims by third-party defendant against the original plaintiff 4. Wallkill 5 Associates II v. 14(a)(3).: Guaranteed Systems filed suit against American National Can for failure to pay for construction work on a facility. the court must permit anyone to intervene who: (1) is given an unconditional right to intervene by a federal statute or (2)Interest in the action. a stranger may be allowed to intervene in an action even over the opposition of the existing parties. C. Wallkill sued Tectonic.: S&S Associates. Poppe would be liable to it under a theory of indemnification. 14(a)(2)(b) . They hired Tectonic to perform geotechnical tests on the property and to issue a formal geotechnical report. Guaranteed Systems Inc. INTERVENTION BY ABSENTEES In certain situations. and therefore permissible. as many claims as it has against an opposing party. Guaranteed Systems was a defendant to American National Can’s counterclaim. and pursuant to rule 14(b).C.2. Rule 14(a)(5). American Can filed a counterclaim alleging that Guaranteed Systems had been negligent in the performance of its construction work. Poppe informed Wallkill that areas of the land were unsuitable for building due to the existence of unsuitable organic material. The court held that joinder was improper because Tectonic attempted to assert Poppe’s liability to Wallkill rather than assert a theory of derivative liability. Defending against American National Can’s counterclaim. Wallkill purchased the property and hired Poppe to develop the vacant land and construct a warehouse. Tectonic Engineering. where if it were found liable. P.Would-be intervenor must establish . counterclaim.
D. The court held that in determining the alignment of the parties for jurisdictional purposes. Clair International: American Honda sought declaratory judgement. The Court held that: (1) the motion was filed in a timely manner since it was not contested. INTERPLEADER Interpleader is a joinder device that comes into play when two or more persons claim they are entitled to the same property or stake. Town of East Hampton: Town of East Hampton adopted and filed a zoning law. The Group of South Fork sought to intervene pursuant to rule 24. 24(b)(1)(B). There is a strong presumption that a government will adequately represent your interest if they coincide. (b) an interest relating to the property or transaction that is the subject matter of the action. The person is holding the property is the stakeholder. Though they sought to decide the same question of law or fact. (3) low threshold “may as a practical matter impair interest” means potential adverse judgement satisfies this test . which defeats the complete diversity requirement of 1332 and bars supplemental jurisdiction over the claim pursuant to 1367(b). Boch sought to intervene as a defendant and assert a cross-claim against Clair for a declaratory judgement that the proposed assignment of the Norwood dealership was lawful.may be granted when an applicant’s claim or defense and the main action have a question of law or fact in common. substantial and legally protectable because it concerns legislation supported by the group and the continued rural character of East Hampton would be threatened if the Superstore law was invalidated. (c) an impairment without intervention. holding that its award to Boch of a prospective Honda dealership in Norwood.Court can permit anyone to intervene who is given a conditional right to intervene by a federal statute. Since. The Superstore Law prevented Great A&P from its plan to develop a supermarket in the Neighborhood Business Zone and they filed suit against the Town of East Hampton.(a) a timely motion has been filed. v. American Honda Motor Co. . and they do not have a “collision of interests” they should be joined as plaintiff-intervenor. and (d) the movant’s interest is not adequately represented 24(b)(1)(A). Boch’s interests are aligned with American Honda. which amended the East Hampton Town Code to restrict the establishment of very large retail stores within East Hampton outside of the Central Business Zone. with the State of New York.Permissive Intervention. Massachusetts did not violate Massachusetts General Law. the courts have to look beyond the pleadings and arrange the parties according to their sides in the dispute. Great Atlantic &Pacific Tea Co v. which is the single legal issue to be decided in the case. and (4) because the Town of East Hampton shares the same ultimate objective as The Group (validating the Superstore Law). (2) there interest was direct. the court chose not to allow The Group to intervene in the lawsuit pursuant to 24(b)(2) permissive intervention for the same foregoing reasons regarding adequate representation by the Town of East Hampton.
Step 1: Is the stakeholder faced with adverse claims to the same stake or property? Step 2: Adverse claimants litigate against each other to see who is entitled to the stake? State interpleader is only allowed when all of the claimants live in the same state or are subject to personal jurisdiction in the state. The stakeholder is treated as a claimant when it claims that it does not owe any claimant the stake. Statutory Interpleader §1335 Requires: SMJ: Diversity from at least two claimants (minimal diversity) and stake is worth at least $500; Venue: District where any claimant resides PJ: in any district Must Deposit stake or bond with court; and Court may enjoin all other suits against the Stake Rule Interpleader FRCP 22 Requires: SMJ: §1332-stakeholder diverse from all claimants and stake worth $75,0000 Venue: §1391 PJ: 4(k)(1)(a): borrow state long arm statute Optional to deposit stake with court; Court may enjoin all other suits against the stake Indianapolis Colts v. Mayor and City of Baltimore: The Indianapolis Colts filed an interpleader action claiming interpleader jurisdiction on the ground that Baltimore and the Capital Improvement Board of Managers of Marion County, Indiana (CIB) had conflicting claims against the team. The court held that the district court erred in enjoining Baltimore’s suit against the Colts because the court did not have interpleader jurisdiction to hear the suit. The court did not have interpleader jurisdiction because CIB is not a claimant to the stake, as they are not seeking ownership of the team, but instead they just have a lease that requires the team to play its games in the Hoosier Dome (right of 1st refusal does not give CIB an option to buy the Colts). - Rule 22(a)(2)- allows defensive interpleader by allowing a plaintiff to file a compulsory counterclaim and attaching a third party pursuant to 13(h) and joining pursuant to 20. Do not have to file a separate lawsuit. Geler v. National Westminster Bank: Ghitelman and the Gelers claimed title to a certificate of deposit left by Ghitelman’s late husband. The court held that rule interpleader was satisfied because the bank was diverse from both of the claimants (Israeli citizens and therefore considered aliens), and the AIC was satisfied. Under rule interpleader, the court has the power to enjoin all other proceedings. The court exercised this power because interpleader will not be really effective unless all claimants are brought before the same court in one proceeding and restricted to that singe forum in the assertion of their claims.
E. COMPULSORY JOINDER At the insistence of the defendant, the court might order the plaintiff to amend her complaint to include all necessary parties to the suit, if joinder is feasible. Compulsory Joinder – FRCP §19 – Persons to be Joined if Feasible: (a) A person who is subject to service of process and whose joinder will not deprive the court of jurisdiction over the subject matter of the action shall be joined as a party in the action if: (1) in the person's absence complete relief cannot be accorded among those already parties, or (2) The person claims an interest relating to the subject of the action and is so situated that the disposition of the action in the person's absence may As a practical matter impair or impede the person's ability to protect that interest or Leave any of the persons already parties subject to a substantial risk of incurring double, multiple, or otherwise inconsistent obligations by reason of the claimed interest... (b) Steps: (1) Should the absent party be joined? (low bar) (only need to find prejudice as to one of them)? (a) Prejudice to Plaintiff (b) Prejudice to Defendant (c) Prejudice to absent party (d) Prejudice to the justice system (2) Is joinder feasible? (a) is the absent party subject to service of process (personal jurisdiction)? (b) Would the presence of the absent party destroy complete diversity (c) If joinder of absent party would render venue improper and absent party objects to venue, joinder is not feasible (3) Can the court proceed without the absent party? (a) Prejudice to absent party (b) prejudice to Plaintiff (including adequacy of remedies) (c) prejudice to Defendant (d) prejudice to justice system (e) can the court shape relief to avoid prejudice?
Provident Tradesmens Bank v. Patterson – Two vehicles involved in an accident, vehicle 1 owned by Dutcher but driven by Cionci, vehicle 2 driven by Smith. Two passengers Lynch and Harris. Head on collision, everyone but Harris dies. 4 lawsuits result. Duthcer not named in lawsuit. Plaintiffs want declaratory relief as to whether Cionci was driving with Dutcher’s permission. If he was then Lumbermans ends up having to pay. Court of Appeals says Dutcher was an indispensable party and had to be joined in the case so it should have been dismissed. Step 1: Required party? 1. Prejudice to plaintiff? No. Complete relief already. 2. Prejudice to defendant? No, won’t harm them if Dutcher isn’t a party.
3. Prejudice to absent party? Dutcher may be forced to relitiagte the claim. Step 2: Joinder Feasible? 1. SOP? Yes, he’s from Pennsylvania. 2. Destroy Complete Diversity? Yes. He’s from Pennsylvania. Thus not feasible. Step 3: Still Proceed? 1. Prejudice to absent party? If he had an obligation to intervene and did not exercise it then he waived it. If no obligation then can’t be bound. Either way not much harm to Dutcher. 2. Prejudice to Plaintiffs? Yes. They would have to relitigate claim. 3. Prejudice to defendant? Waived their right so no. 4. Prejudice to justice system? Starting over is very inefficient. So yes prejudice to them. Dutcher is NOT indispensable. Can proceed without him. Republic of Philippines v. Pimentel - this is a sovereign immunity case (a more rigid approach to Rule 19). The interpleader action was commenced to determine the ownership of property allegedly stolen by a former president of the Republic. The Pimentel class claimed a right to the assets pursuant to a judgment against the president and his estate. The Republic and the Commission claimed a right to the assets under Philippine law. The Republic and the commission were entitled to sovereign immunity under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976 and argued that the action could not proceed without them under Fed. R. Civ. P. 19(b). Court forces Merill Lynch to file an interpleader. DC awards the money to the Plimentel class since the Philippines cannot decide what to do with the assets. Republic appeals. BRIGHT LINE RULE: Where there is sovereign immunity and a non-frivolous claim, the case cannot proceed. Temple v. Synthes Corp., Ltd. - Temple gets back surgery with plate and screws inserted by Dr. LaRocca. Screws fall out, he sues Synthes. Instead of trying to bring in the doctor as part of the suit, Synthes tries to dismiss the case for failure to join necessary parties. BLACK LETTER RULE - Mere fact that an absent party is a potential joint tortfeasor is not in itself sufficient to join a party. 19(a)(1)(A) – the chance of additional lawsuits is rarely enough by itself to make an absentee a necessary party. SUMMARY JUDGEMENT Ways to dismiss a trial on the merits 1. 12(b)(6) Motion to Dismiss- tests legal sufficiency of claim- even if the facts set forth were taken as true, the law still does not entitle the plaintiff to a remedy. Does not test evidentiary sufficiency of claims as plaintiff merely has to assert claims in good faith without evidentiary support. 2. Motion for directed verdict- tests evidentiary sufficiency of the claim- if either party failed to present evidence from which a reasonable jury could rule, the court could abort the proceeding.
Summary judgment is proper if the pleadings. and racist. answers to interrogatories. answers to interrogatories. Movant (party with burden of production for summary judgement).Requires the nonmoving party to go beyond the pleadings and by her own affidavits or by the “depositions. The Court stated that summary judgement’s “genuine issue of material fact” is very similar to a motion for directed verdict’s “reasonable jury” requirement and the primary difference is merely procedural. together with the affidavits. FRCP 56(c). the burden of persuasion rests with the plaintiff . Liberty Lobby sued for libel. which portrayed them as neo-Nazi.3. The Court held that Liberty Lobby did not produce clear and convincing evidence (the standard established in a previous libel case) that actual malice existed in order to produce a genuine issue of material fact.no genuine issue as to any materail fact and that movement is entitled to a judgement as a matter of law. burden of production shifts for nonmovant to present evidence that is a genuine issue of material fact. Summary Judgement FRCP 56. Partial summary judgement is granted when nonmovant can only produce evidence that establishes genuine issue of material fact for less than all of the elements. who also has burden of persuasion must establish each and every element of her claim .: Anderson. depositions. Established that . and admissions on file” designate specific facts showing that there is a genuine issue for trial. .What a movant must show in order to carry her initial burden of production turns on whether she would have the burden of persuasion at trial. and admissions on file. Because they merely pointed to their complaint. Liberty Lobby asserted that there were numerous inaccuracies in the articles and the magazine relied on unreliable sources. Anderson moved for summary judgement alleging that their publishment of the magazine did not constitute actual malice as a matter of law. if not contradicted. former occurring before trial and the latter after trial. the publisher of the Investigator magazine.For counterclaims and most defenses. Inc. defendant has the burden of persuasion. . summary judgement should be granted for the defendant. Summary judgement burdens of production: Party moving (Movant) for summary judgement has the initial burden of identifying evidence that. anti-Semitic. show that there is no genuine issue as to any material fact. Liberty Lobby. Then. Evidence does not have to be in a form that would be admissible at trial. would compel the jury to rule in his favor. which Liberty Lobby was required to prove.For claims set forth in the complaint. FRCP 56(e). published an article about Liberty Lobby. In response. Anderson v.
Celotex: Catrett alleged that her husband died because of exposure to products containing asbestos manufactured or distributed by 15 named corporations. Celotex moved for summary judgement claiming that Catrett failed to produce evidence that any Celotex product was the proximate cause of the injuries. However. this is rare. Established that summary judgement may be used in complex cases.Standard employed in ruling on summary judgement motions differs in two aspects: 1. . Celotex argued that this evidence was inadmissible. Zenith Radio Corp. The Court granted summary judgement.standard for defeating summary judgement motion is as strict as motion for directed verdict. sales. citing evidence that their pricing policy stemmed from the lawful goal of increasing U.S. Case mirrors the evidentiary standard that would be employed at trial (Liberty Lobby-clear and convincing standard. novel legal issues). normally preponderance of the evidence). Judges must evaluate strength and persuasiveness of the competing evidence under the same burden of persuasion that would apply at trial. Defendants moved for summary judgement. Matsushita Electic Industrial Co v. television manufacturers against Japanese companies that produced and sold television sets. The case was remanded because Celotex’s motion for summary judgement was not defective. the plaintiffs had no direct evidence that the defendant’s pricing policy was aimed at driving them out of the market. holding that the plaintiffs failed to present “sufficiently unambiguous” evidence that supported their claim. . which she claimed demonstrated that there was a genuine issue of material fact.e. which state that the moving party can move for summary judgement with or without supporting affidavits. However. Complaint alleged that the Japanese defendants had engaged in a 30-year conspiracy to drive plaintiffs from the U. The Court held that this standard was inconsistent with FRCP 56(a) and (b). 2. Amount of evidence needed to survive a motion for summary judgement depends on the evidence presented by the movant.not a genuine issue of material fact. market by setting artificially low prices on televisions sold in the United States. Then the burden of production shifts to the nonmovant to go beyond the pleadings and produce evidence showing that there is a genuine issue of material fact. The Court of appeals denied Celotex’s motion on the grounds that it failed to produce affidavits to support its motion.: Antitrust suit brought by U.If the factual context renders a claim implausible (Zenith’s argument made economical sense). All the moving party has to do is point to evidence in the record showing that there is not a genuine issue of material fact. where state of mind is hard to determine. then nonmovant must come forward with more persuasive evidence to support their claim. a court may deny summary judgment in a case where there is reason to believe that the better course would be to proceed to trial (i. Catrett then produced three documents. Judicial exceptions: Even if summary judgement is otherwise warranted. as the documents tended to show that Catrett had been exposed to Celotex’s asbestos products while in Chicago.S.S.
Copyright office in 1964. Jones claims a 50% ownership interest in the song pursuant to the power of attorney that Johnson granted him in 1992. California. -Courts allow plaintiffs to move for partial summary judgement (no genuine issue of fact as to part of the issue). 36(b) states that any matter admitted is conclusively established unless the court on motion permits withdrawal or amendment of the admission. as co-owners (claimed ownership by written agreement). FRCP 36(a) states that a party served with requests for admissions must respond within 30 days or the matter is deemed admitted. He failed to respond. Johnson v. in Aguilar v. Johnson and Quezergue sent Jones a Request for Admissions asking him to admit or deny that he had a written assignment regarding ownership interest. but disagree as to their legal consequences (i.Movant party without burden of persuasion at trial can satisfy 56(c) burden of production by : 1. .S. Verified pleadings-pleading (complaint. Movant party with burden of persuasion at trial can satisfy 56(c) burden of production by submitting affirmative evidence showing that it is entitled to a directed verdict (no genuine issue of material fact). . demonstrate to the Court that the nonmoving party’s evidence is insufficient to establish an essential element of the nonmoving party’s claim. and plaintiff files for summary judgement based on the merits of claim).Cross-motions for summary judgement can also apply to different issues (i.parties agree as to critical underlying facts.Cross-motions for summary judgement.e. or 2. Summary Judgement for Plaintiff Plaintiff must prove that there is no genuine issue of fact with respect to every element of claim.: Johnson and Quezergue claim that they are sole composers and copyright owners of the song “It Ain’t My Fault. interpreted Celotex as holding that a party for summary judgement merely can point out a lack of evidence. Thus. answer) whose contents were sworn to be true under penalty of perjury can be used to refute a motion for summary judgement. Atlantic Richfield Co.e. Johnson and Quezergue moved for summary judgement on the issue that Jones obtained ownership in the song because he failed to present evidence showing that the interest was assigned to him. Tuff N Rumble Managment Inc. Exempt from 56(e)’s prohibition against using own pleadings because these have the legal equivalence of an affidavit. Jones filed a copyright registration renewal with the Office that listed Johnson and Quezergue as the authors and Johnson Publishing Co and Melder Publishing Co.” as evidenced by the copyright they filed with the U.. . defendant moves for summary judgement based on statute of limitations. California rule requires movant party to present evidence and not point out that lack of evidence to support a claim. suits challenging constitutionality of gov’t action). submitting affirmative evidence that negates essential element of nonmoving party’s claim.
space. valid. whether underlying facts as a trial unit conform to the parties’ expectations Same-evidence test: Claim is defined as causes of action where the factual overlap between them is perfectly coextensive. personal injury. injury to property). -Federal courts possess the power to enter summary judgement sua sponte. and collateral estoppel/issue preclusion (extent to which discrete issues decided in a prior suit may be binding in subsequent litigation involving different claims). To determine whether two claims are the same. Same Claim 2. . and there is not a genuine issue of fact as to whether he owns a copyright interest in the song. but the court decides that summary judgement should be rendered against rather than for the movant). origin or motivation: a. and on the merits 3. Restatement analyzes two factors: 1. redress the same wrong c.it is admitted that Jones does not have a valid written assignment to establish an ownership interest in the song. arise out of the same occurrence b. Judgement must be final. relation of facts in time. Transactional approach (federal model): claim defined as a group of operative facts giving rise to one or more rights of action.Whether claims are deemed the same depends on how broadly they are defined. (can occur when a party moves for summary judgement.e. on their own initiative. Claim Preclusion 1. do they rest on same factual basis 2. freedom to enter contracts. CLAIM & ISSUE PRECLUSION Res Judicata encompasses two technically distinct doctrines: claim preclusion (claim or cause of action resolved in one case operates to preclude further litigation in a subsequent case). whether the facts underlying the claims form a convenient trial unit (require substantially same evidence) 3. First & Second proceedings must involve the same parties or those in privity with them. Primary Rights theory (California): basic rights and duties imposed on individuals by the substantive law (i. Same claim . as long as losing party was on notice that she had to come forward with all of her evidence.
Porn instituted second action alleging that National Grange’s conduct in handling his underinsured motorist claim constituted breach of the covenant of good faith. unless otherwise stipulated by the parties. Events occurring after commencement of litigation normally give rise to a separate claim. The trial court rejected LAUSD’s voluntary desegregation plan. I. The district court found de facto (as a matter of fact-not intentional) and de jure (intentional) segregation. Scope of claim preclusion normally encompasses the time from the alleged injury until the start of trial. and under that model the two cases involve the same claim because the first proceeding involved allegations of de jure segregation (Cal. holding that the Crawford court found de jure segregation. and sought to redress the same basic wrong. so sought recovery from the underinsured motorist coverage of his policy. holding that only de facto segregation was found in the previous preceding. California Court of Appeal reversed and vacated the 1980 segregation order. and they both involve the same primary right: right to an equal opportunity education. meets parties expectations because he knew the facts necessary for bringing a bad faith claim as he threatened National Grange with the claim.Porn v. space origin or motivation because they arose out of the same occurrence: National Grange’s refusal to pay the claim. and he filed suit. as segregation whether de facto or de jure has the same effect. I. res judicata claim preclusion does not bar plaintiffs from litigating matters that were . which limited state court’s power to order mandatory pupil reassignment unless it violated Constitution (de jure segregation only). His damages exceeded the other motorist’s policy limit. However. California follows the primary rights model. would use much of the same evidence to prove bad-faith claim and therefore would have formed convenient trial unit. The court of appeals affirmed on the basis that de facto segregation existed and remanded the cause to the trial court for the development of a reasonably feasible desegregation plan. Porn appeals District Court’s grant of motion for summary judgement. In a case involving a continuing or recurrent wrong (nuisance). NAACP filed present case while Crawford was still pending in Superior Court. The parties stipulated that the court could consider activities from 1963-1969. California passed Prop. intentional infliction of emotional distress. Supreme Court just chose not to rely on it). Equitable exception may exist in cases of unusual hardship. or suing from time to time for the damages incurred up to the date of the suit. National Grange Mutual Insurance Co. LAUSD: Crawford litigation (1st proceeding) began in 1963 on behalf of black high school students seeking to desegregate a high school in Los Angeles. but that doesn’t apply here (not endorsed by Supreme Court but followed by lower federal courts). The court held that Porn’s claims in the second action were related in time. National Grange refused to pay. Los Angeles Branch NAACP v. plaintiff is given the option of suing once for the total harm (past and prospective). He prevailed in the 1st action and was awarded damages. and rest on similar factual basis (the accident). Trial court denied motion by school district to halt mandatory pupil reassignment pursuant to Prop. and ordered a mandatory pupil reassignment. if they refused to pay.: Porn was involved in an accident in Maine when another motorist sped through a stop sign and broadsided his vehicle.
the Supreme Court held in a separate suit that retail purchasers can suffer injury to business or property under the Antitrust Act.application of claim and issue preclusion across jurisdictional lines. and claim preclusion only applies to these dates. Intersystem Preclusion. alleging that they had violated the Sherman Antitrust Act by agreeing to fix the retail price of women’s clothing sold in Northern California. There is not an equitable exception to the doctrine of res judicata. Second court must apply the law of preclusion that would be applied by the 1st court. as adjudication is complete. The 9th Circuit remanded the other 5 cases to the District court for a ruling not inconsistent with the Supreme Court ruling. The actions were removed to federal court and were dismissed because the plaintiffs failed to show an injury to their business. who instead refiled their actions in state court.within the scope of the claim litigated in first proceeding. they are barred by the previous judgement. Federated Department Stores v.A claim is final when a trial court has definitively ruled on it (all that remains left for the court to do is assess costs or execute the judgement). but artfully couched them in state law. and by Brown in federal court. Moitie: United States brought an antitrust action against Federated Department stores. They appealed. as they argued the same claims. Trial court’s decision is the final decision until reversed on appeal. Established that. as to Brown and Moitie. The case was barred by res judicata. Several parallel civil actions were filed by plaintiffs including one by Moitie in state court. 5 of the 7 plaintiffs appealed. State to State:Pursuant to Full Faith & Credit Clause of Constitution State to Federal: Pursuant to statutory full faith and credit Federal to State: Pursuant to Supremacy Clause Final valid and on the merits . different primary rights aren’t involved just because relief may be granted under federal or state law. and while the case was pending. Because they didn’t appeal.A decision imposing liability but not assessing the amount of damages is not final since all steps in the adjudication process have not been completed. Scope of litigation was from 1963-1970. excluding Moitie and Brown. the Supreme Court ruled that the res judicata effect of a final. . unappealed judgement on the merits is not altered by the fact that the judgement may have been wrong or rested on a legal principle subsequently overturned in another case. under primary rights theory.However. However. The second action was removed to federal court. a decision entering an injunction is final even though the court retains supervisory authority over the enjoined party. . .Finality is not altered by the availability of an appeal or by the ability to file a motion to reconsider or vacate the judgement. or under two legal theories. .
4. if both states have the same statute of limitations then 1st judgement is on the merits for both states. and does not bar claim from being filed in another state. Dismissal for lack of jurisdiction.Defendant-if judgement is entered in favor of a defendant after trial on plaintiff’s substantive claims. Same Parties or Those in Privity with Them Claim preclusion binds and benefits only the parties to the previously decided action or those in privity with them. and will have preclusive effect. or nonjoinder/misjoinder of parties 2. However.California. when by statute or rule of court the judgement does not operate as a bar to another action on the same claim. when plaintiff agrees or elects to nonsuit (voluntary dismissal) without prejudice or the court dismisses without prejudice. Statute of limitations: Dismissal in one state for failure to satisfy statute of limitations in one state.A decision is not final for purposes of preclusion until the completion of the appellate process. then it is on the merits. . 3.All judgements for plaintiff are on the merits (includes default judgement). improper venue. is on the merits in State A. (See 4 Above) Restatement §20(1): A valid and final personal judgement for the defendant which rests on the prematurity of the action or on the plaintiff’s failure to satisfy a precondition to the suit does not bar another action by the plaintiff instituted after the claim has matured or the precondition has been satisfied unless a second action is precluded by operation of substantive law. A person in privity with a party is someone whose relationship with that party is such that the former will be treated as a party for purposes of claim preclusion. Not on the merits: 1. . . if personal jurisdiction was satisfied and if the rendering court had subject matter jurisdiction over the controversy. . if that state has a longer statute of limitations period. A valid and final judgement for defendant that rests on the prematurity of the action or on the plaintiff’s failure to satisfy a precondition to suit.A judgement is deemed valid if the defendant had proper notice. A party is defined as a person who is named as a party to an action and subjected to the jurisdiction of the court.
Parties who were not adversaries are not bound (benefited) by every claim decided in an action (i. trustee represents the interests of a trust beneficiary. and whether their interests were sufficiently aligned. Virtual representation theory rejected by Taylor v. Claim preclusion is a concept of underlying property law.If a party’s incapacity undermines the integrity of the adversarial process. etc. executors. 2. Sturgell. Intertwined Substantive Legal Interests: Privity is found where two persons have a relationship such that one is vicariously responsible for the conduct of another (i. Pre-existing substantive legal relationship 3. . b. .e. Adequate representation. 2.person agrees to be bound by the determination of issues in an action between others is bound in accordance with the terms of his agreement.a. are deemed in privity with their predecessors in title for purposes of claim and issue preclusion. either party understood herself to be acting in a representative capacity or court took care to protect interests of nonparty. 1.Principle of general application in Anglo-American jurisprudence that one is not bound by a judgement in personam in a litigation in which he is not designated as a party or to which he has not been made a party by service of process. Representational relationships: The interests of a nonparty are represented by a party to the action (i.Vicarious liability. Owners of successive interests in real/personal property: A conveyance of property carries the benefits and burdens of the owner’s title. (sometimes) requires notice of original suit to parties alleged to have been represented.flows from an examination of the relationship between the party and nonparty. c. . interests of party and nonparty are aligned.determining factor (actual control of 1st proceeding or adequate representation).e. waiver. 3.Privity. bailor/ bailee). or gov’t represents nonparty’s interests). Also. executor of estate is not barred for bringing the same claim as an individual). or reverse-representational relationship-similar facts to Taylor.Exceptions -Party who is named in one legal capacity will not be subject to claim preclusion as to other legal capacities. she will not be bound by the decision despite her technical presence in the suit.e.e. . Exceptions to general principle (outlined in Taylor v.. codefendants may not use claim preclusion against one another unless they were adversaries on that claim by virtue of cross-claim). Privity exceptions exist. Sturgell) 1. unless the substance of the initial case included those other capacities (i. individuals who succeed one another as trustees.
Taylor’s friend.nonparty is bound by a judgement if she assumed control over the litigation in which that judgement was rendered. Herrick did not understand himself to be suing on Taylor’s behalf. and no special statutory scheme that bars litigation by nonparties. Special statutory scheme. Taylor did not assume control of Herrick’s litigation. Both actions involve the same parties or those in privity with them. There is a question regarding the proxy exception because although Taylor is not Herrick’s legal representative and is not suing in a representative capacity.4. He entered two essentially identical contracts with the . previously sought to obtain the same records in order to help him restore his historic F-45 airplane to its original condition. Taylor v. bankruptcy and probate proceedings). Requires: 1.statutory scheme forecloses successive litigation by nonlitigants (i. but noted that Herrick failed to challenge whether trade-secret status could be restored to documents that had lost protection. 5. Commissioner of Internal Revenue v. in order to determine whether Taylor was in privity with Herrick. 6. Sturgell: Taylor filed suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FIA) seeking to obtain documents from the FAA. Same issue involved in both actions 2. the proxy relationship can be established if he is acting as Herrick’s undisclosed agent (used same lawyer). Ginsburg recategorized the three examples of privity into six exceptions. 4. Issue was decided and necessary to a valid judgement in the 1st action. which was challenged on the basis or res judicata. and the court granted FAA’s summary judgement motion. Proxy. FAA refused because it held that activities were subject to trade secrets.Party bound by a judgement cannot escape claim preclusive effect by relitigating through a proxy (designated representative of a person who was a party to prior suit). and whether tradesecret status was regained. Issue Preclusion/Collateral Estoppel Issue preclusion forecloses the relitigation of discrete issues that were actually litigated and decided in a previous case even if that litigation involved different claims.e. Sunnen: Sunnen granted a corporation the right to market his inventions in exchange for royalties. they were not in a pre-existing legal relationship. Taylor may not have been aware of Herrick’s suit. 10th Circuit appealed. Herrick. when the company only claimed status after Herrick initiated the request. Same issue Same issue requires that there is enough of a factual and legal overlap between the issues(are the facts separable or has the legal landscape changed) that it is reasonable to treat them as the same for purposes of issue preclusion. Issue was actually litigated in the first action 3. He did not agree to be bound by the prior decision. Assumed Control. nor did court take care to protect nonparty’s interest FOIA claim grants relief to private party. Taylor then filed a lawsuit arguing the same claims.
The 1928 contract involves a change in legal landscape because of the Helvering case. The court held that although the federal anti-discrimination claims (1st proceeding) and FEHA are substantively different. The IRS disputed the validity of the assignments involving the 1929-31 tax years under the 1928 agreement. it is not barred by collateral estoppel. it is barred by collateral estoppel. and therefore is not barred by collateral estoppel. and although it is virtually identical to the 1928 assignment. The court granted summary judgement to Mayor Jordan for all claims except the California FEHA. Lumpkin refiled state FEHA claim against Jordan. which it declined to exercise jurisdiction over. nondiscriminatory reason. in Helvering. the IRS Commissioner challenged the assignments for the 1937 tax year under the 1928 agreement. Actually litigated . he is not barred from attempting to convince a subsequent court to adopt that same standard 3 years later for injuries caused by another product)-separable facts. Lumpkin made derogatory comments about homosexuality and its consequences. The validity of the royalty assignments under the 1929 contract were not litigated in the first proceeding. they both turn on the same substantive issue. and for the 1938-1941 tax years under the 1929 agreement. but whether it applies to pure questions of law depends on whether those issues arise in separate cases involving the same historical facts (A sues B for injuries sustained while playing with a toy manufactured by it and fails to convince the court to adopt a strict liability standard. Jordan: Lumpkin was a Baptist minister. who was appointed to serve as a member of the City of San Francisco’s Human Rights Commission.” Mayor Jordan removed Lumpkin from the commission on the theory that he did not condone Lumpkin enciting violence. mixed questions of law and fact (A negligently caused an accident on Mulberry Street). Lumpkin then made comments regarding homosexuality “man who sleeps with a man should be put to death.Issue preclusion only applies to issues that were actually litigated in the 1st proceeding.corporation in 1928 and 1929. and assigned his rights to the royalties under both contracts to his wife. who reported the income on her separate tax returns. The tax court held that the assignment was properly reported under the 1928 agreement. . Issue preclusion applies to pure questions of fact (whether A was present at Mulberry Street on a certain date). In between the two proceedings. and is between the same parties. Lumpkin brought suit in state court. The Court held that collateral estoppel does not apply when there is a subsequent modification of the significant facts or a change in the controlling legal principles. There was a public outcry for Lumpkin’s removal from the commission. the Supreme Court. alleging that he was terminated based solely on his religious beliefs. imposed tax liability on transferors who had assigned or transferred various forms of income to others within their family groups. Because this issue was actually litigated in the first proceeding. the case was removed to federal court. Lumpkin v. whether Lumpkin was dismissed for legitimate.
e. .Actual litigation can occur at the trial itself. proximate cause) was not before the 1st proceeding. or stipulation. Decided and Necessary -Decided-matter was previously resolved as part of a final judgment (matter can be expressly or implicitly decided by findings of fact or conclusions of law made by the judge).. if a court dismisses for lack of personal jurisdiction but at the same time finds that the absent defendant did not have some contacts with the state. or if as a matter of law party against whom issue preclusion is being asserted could not have appealed the initial judgement.Majority of jurisdictions. and the issue of causation (cause in fact. Outten was charged with inattentive driving. Outten: Cunningham was hit by car driven by Outten. formally contested between the parties.For an issue to be actually litigated. and have no effect on the judgement entered. or due to failure to prosecute. and submitted to the court for determination.However. it must be properly raised. Furthermore. when a jury renders a general verdict. motions to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction. . -Necessary-Resolution was essential to that judgement (i.e. . Cunningham sued and tried to use collateral estoppel to establish that Outten was negligent. these findings are not necessary to the judgement for dismissal.no issues are actually litigated when a judgement is entered by default. issue of comparative negligence was not decided to apportion liability. failure to state a claim. summary judgement. Second court may examine pleadings to determine what issues were actually litigated or use extrinsic evidence (testimony from lawyers). The court held that collateral estoppel did not bar the defendant from arguing that he was not negligent because the issue of liability was not before the 1st court. which issues were decided by the jury have to be inferred from the logic of the result and an assessment of the issues actually litigated. it will not be given preclusive effect if the initial forum in which litigation took place provided significantly less extensive or less formal procedures for resolution of the underlying controversy. venue. directed verdicts). or through a variety of pre-and post-trial motions (i.An issue is not actually litigated if it is admitted by the opposing party or if it is simply not contested at all. confession. Even if an issue is decided and necessary to the judgement. -Necessary requirement stems from concern that the gratuitous resolution of an issue may not have been given the full judicial attention it deserved. . and the party against whom the issue was decided may have had little incentive to appeal the decision since a reversal as to that issue would have no effect on the outcome of the case. . Cunningham v.
After Cook resigned as executor. Bernhard became the executor. it can assert collateral estoppel against Bernhard. They alleged that the flooding was caused by the State’s negligence in designing and constructing the bridge. Same Parties or those in Privity Generally the rules that govern parties and parties in privity for claim preclusion also apply in issue preclusion. and the state was not negligent in its design (decision to use single culvert vs. Bank of America National Trust: Sather authorized the Cooks to make drafts against her commercial account at the First National Bank of San Dimas. and filed lawsuit against Bank of America. Alternative Grounds. One who controls a prior litigation or substantially participates in it although not technically a party or in privity with a named party. and it was specifically addressed by the judge in the 1st proceeding. Sather died in 1933. He filed an account at the probate court. decision by a small claims court cannot have preclusive effect. which did not mention the money transferred by Sather to the San Dimas bank. who was a party in the 1st . Bernhard v.Eg. but since their is no requirement of mutuality. Although the decision in the first proceeding was reached on alternative grounds. Her beneficiares.If a judgement is based on determinations of two issues. which included Bernhard. the court held that collateral estoppel applied because the issue had been specifically alleged. Named Parties 2. Bank of America was not a party to the first suit and neither was the San Dimas Bank. Distinction: Mutuality is no longer the rule in issue preclusion. A person not bound by a previously decided issue can use issue preclusion to prevent relitigation of that issue in a subsequent case. which was adjacent to their land. the successor in interest to the San Dimas Bank alleging that Bank of America was indebted to the estate for this amount because Sather never authorized the withdrawal. filed an objection to the account. Aldrich v. Representational relationship 3. Aldrich brought another action alleging that the state was negligent. and Cook qualified as the executor. Checks were drawn upon the account to meet her various expenses. Cook then withdrew the entire balance and deposited it in his bank account. 1. After the Creek flooded again. State of New York: Aldrich sought personal injury and property damages stemming from the flooding of Six Mile Creek. twin culvert). Therefore not necessary. the judgement is not conclusive with respect to either issue standing alone. New York argued that this issue should be barred because of collateral estoppel. either of which standing independently would be sufficient to support the result. The probate court declared that Sather had made a valid gift to Cook during her lifetime. The court held that damages resulted from an act of God (force majeure).
7th Amendment right to a jury trial is not an exception to collateral estoppel. . alleging that its officers had issued a false and misleading proxy statement in connection with a merger. After a 4-day trial.proceeding (as an executor she is in privity with beneficiaries who argued the case in the first proceeding-proxy). . Shore then moved for partial summary judgement against Parklane based on collateral estoppel. no procedural opportunities available to the petitioners that were unavailable in the first action of a kind that might be likely to cause a different result. Court has wide discretion when it should be allowed. Parklane Hosiery v. -Generally the law of preclusion that would be followed within the jurisdiction of the court first rendering judgement controls the application of preclusion to that judgement by a court from another jurisdiction. Shore: Shore brought stockholder’s class action against Parklane. defendant had every incentive to defend allegations vigorously because of the foreseeability of subsequent private suits.A few courts have held that the law of preclusion that would be applied by the 1st court is the minimum amount of preclusion that would be accorded by that court’s judgement. Use of offensive collateral estoppel (plaintiff asserting issue preclusion) by a party who was not bound by the prior suit does not produce judicial efficiency. second action affords procedural opportunities unavailable in the 1st action that could cause a different result). Analysis: Where plaintiff could have easily joined in the earlier action. if inconsistent with one or more previous decisions in favor of defendant. the court in the 1st proceeding found that the proxy statement was materially false and misleading and entered a declaratory judgement to that effect. and the second court can give greater issue preclusive effect that the first court. The court held that use of offensive collateral estoppel should be allowed because Shore probably could not have joined injunctive action brought by the SEC. or where application of offensive collateral estoppel would be unfair to the defendant (little incentive to defend vigorously in 1st proceeding because he is sued for nominal damages. offensive collateral estoppel should be barred. Before the action came to trial. the SEC filed suit against the same defendants in federal court alleging the same issue.
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