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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.
commissions each year totaled more than $31. which she did. 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.e. Established rule that contract alone is not enough to satisfy purposeful availment. Salesmen resided in Washington. PURPOSEFUL AVAILMENT / PURPOSEFUL DIRECTION. Effects Test A. B.000. Louis (Principal Place of Business). Established rule that unilateral activity by someone other than nonresident defendant is not enough to satisfy purposeful availment. Entering state & conducting activity there.this case 20 year term and amount obl. Entering contractual relationships with forum residents. prior negotiations and future consequences must be evaluated (i. Later moved to Florida and continued mailing correspondence to Delaware Trust. length of contract). Court held that a contract alone is not enough to establish purposeful availment. Burger King: Franchisees opened up BK franchise in Michigan. 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. neg. Court ruled that International Shoe’s activities were regular and systematic. . It is the nature of the contract (prior negotiations and future consequences.III. such that International Shoe could foresee being haled into court if a problem arose in Washington. 3. Entering State & Conducting Activity International Shoe: International Shoe employed 11-13 salesmen under direct supervision and control of sales managers located in St. Court also held that choice of law clause alone is not enough to establish minimum contacts.e. Denckla: Decedent was a resident of Pennsylvania and contracted with Delaware trust company to establish trust. rented permanent sample rooms. Contractual Relationship Hanson v.STEP 2A WAYS TO SATISFY PA/PD 1. entered into contract for 20 years and $1 million (not random or fortuitous. for better terms. Court held that Trust’s activity was unilateral and therefore not enough to satisfy purposeful direction. Court held that even though contact with forum state was single/sporadic. Stream of commerce theory/ Stream of Commerce Plus theory 4. Nature of contract (i. 2. Contract was signed with a Florida choice of law clause. their activity was purposefully directed toward the state of CA. McGee: Life Insurance company mailed correspondence to former beneficiary in order to get her to renew contract. which resulted in a substantial amount of revenue being generated through interstate commerce. to pay) that must be evaluated in order to determine whether defendant purposefully availed themselves of benefits of forum state.
Y. Klein: Klein merely asked about product over the phone. (Usually applies to finished products). Effects Test Typically applies to intentional torts. Court applied SOC Pure and held that stream of commerce ended in N. 1 member did not endorse either SOC. Stream of Commerce Plus: Awareness that product will reach forum state is not enough to establish that activity was purposefully directed toward the state. he was a passive purchaser. must show: (1) D committed intentional tort the state.. Subsequently drove car to Oklahoma. . Passive= merely accepts terms of the offer (cannot satisfy purposeful availment). C. (usually applies to component parts). PASSIVE PURCHASER RULE** To determine whether Ct. contacts with the state. custom-made product satisfies purposeful availment).) Stream of Commerce Theory Pure: Putting product into stream of commerce creates awareness that product will reach forum state. (3) brunt of harm was suffered in the forum state. D.**ACTIVE VS. offices or solicited business within the state through advertisement. Active= active negotiations. Plurality of the Court (4 mem. from dealer. and hazardous character of components should be used to determine whether awareness was enough to satisfy purposeful direction. Sold parts to Japanese company. Court held that because there is no evidence that they negotiated terms of eventual agreements. who exported final product to CA. but believed volume. that operated only in a tri-state area. Stream of Commerce Theory Stream of Commerce goes from the manufacturer to the final retail sale (almost always applies in products liabilities cases. it must determine whether they are an active or passive purchaser. such that it is the focal point of litigation. Other 4 members applied SOC Pure test where awareness was enough. World-Wide Volkswagen Corporation. retailer could not foresee being haled into court for unilateral activity of purchaser who drove to OK. Chalek v. Must show that employer had agents.Plaintiff bought car in N. which is not enough to satisfy purposeful availment. can exercise jurisdiction over a purchaser. Asahi: Taiwanese company manufactured component parts to be used in a motorcycle.Y. (2) actions were directed at forum state. applied SOC Plus test which held that awareness is not enough to satisfy purposeful direction when it comes to component parts. where car was in an accident that caused the plaintiffs serious injuries (presumably because of a defective car). which is enough to satisfy min.
. as they did not know Revell lived in Texas (directed at world does not mean specifically directed at 1 state).: Perkins. a professor. Court held that the activities during the war. 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. sued Benguet for unpaid dividends. kept office files of the company. he did not “purposefully avail” himself of the state’s benefits by making a decision that promoted family harmony. The focal point of the lawsuit was still N. allows bilateral information exchange with visitors (analysis needed). Court held that their actions were purposefully directed toward the state of CA. The website fell within the passive-interactive spectrum because visitors are allowed to participate in an open forum hosted by the website. making it the focal point of the lawsuit. and maintained company bank accounts that carried a substantial amount of company funds. an actress who lived and worked in CA. Internet Effects Test Zippo-Passive: merely allows owner to post information (does not satisfy purposeful direction). Although he suffered harm (damage to reputation). Benguet was a Philippines company that was operating out of Ohio. 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. such that the brunt of the harm was suffered in CA (damage to reputation. and knew or should have known that the National Enquirer’s largest circulation was in CA. Kulko: Defendant sent daughter to CA to live with her mother. Texas did not have a special relationship to Pan Am Flight 103. unlike Calder. Benguet Consolidated Mining Co. were directed from Ohio . RELATEDNESS A. IV. They knew that she lived & worked there. as the custody agreement was signed there. a non-Ohio resident. Zippo-interactive: owners engage in repeated online contacts with forum residents over the internet (does satisfy purposeful direction). Its president conducted personal affairs.Calder: National Enquirer employees wrote an article that defamed Jones. distributed salary checks to himself and 2 other employees. Court also stated that it would be unreasonable to subject one parent to custody suit in any state that the other parent moved to. GENERAL JURISDICTION Are defendant’s forum contacts so continuous. Lidov: Lidov. received information from CA sources. In between are websites with some levels of interactive elements. which had a special relationship to the movie industry. Revell v. conducted business-related correspondence.Y. Court held that although his actions were directed toward CA and the brunt of the harm was suffered there. loss of work). while the Japanese occupied the Philippine Islands. Perkins v. systematic & substantial that relationship to cause of action is unnecessary? (deemed to be present within the state).
Helicol’s activities in Texas included systematic purchase of helicopters over a 7year period. sales and related trips normally will not subject a defendant to general jurisdiction even when it has sales representatives in the forum state. a Kiddie employee. Mr. when suit is brought by a forum resident (takes into account jurisdiction by necessity). seeking to establish general jurisdiction. Proximate Cause/Substantive Relevance: Strictest standard for establishing nexus. systematic purchases are not enough to warrant general jurisdiction. Nowak. Proximate Cause used in tort claims. four American citizens lost their lives. Also. .(Endorsed in Tak How). Courts tend to relax strict standard regarding solicitation & sales./Lies in Wake-Prox. and a negotiation session in Houston. who drowned in the pool. Tak How Investments: Tak How was a Hong Kong corporation that owned a Holiday Inn in Hong Kong. B. stayed there with his wife. Reasoned that when a foreign corporation directly targets residents in an ongoing effort to further a business relationship. Helicopteros: Helicol was a Colombian company that provided helicopter transportation for oil and construction companies in South America. Substantial Connection: Looser standard than proximate cause Forum Contacts substantially related to cause of action. Substantive Relevance used in commercial transactions.and they were “so present” within the state that exercise of general jurisdiction is reasonable.Substantial Conn. Relatives of decedents filed suit in Texas.nexus between forum activities and cause of action. who continued to book all of its business related hotel stays there. receiving checks drawn upon a Texas bank (unilateral activity not related to Helicol). Court loosened proximate cause standard and endorsed substantial connection standard. marketing. Incorporates but for relationship as well as legal cause (defendant’s contacts are substantial factor in bringing about harm to plaintiff). Spec. SPECIFIC JURISDICTION Defendant’s forum contacts must arise out of or relate to harm. Nowak v. Tak How faxed a copy of corporate rates to Kiddie Products. Cause/Substantive Relevance But for: Loose relationship (never solely used to establish necessary relationship). which included pilot helicopter training. a Massachusetts company that exclusively conducted business in Hong Kong. absence of proximate cause per se does not render exercise of jurisdiction unconstitutional. Court held that single & sporadic activity (negotiations) is not enough to warrant general jurisdiction. On one of these helicopter trips. sending its employees to Texas to learn about plant familiarization. Spectrum: But For. Harm lies in the the wake of forum activities. It continued a business relationship initiated by Kiddie Products. Solicitation.
Protecting rights of citizens trumps rights of businesses. MA forum is more convenient for Nowaks than Hong Kong. Administration of Justice: can the whole conflict be resolved in this forum-judicial efficiency. 3. 2. courts are more willing to loosen the standard for relatedness. 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. As contacts increase. .What interests does the forum state have in the matter. Foreign state has substantial interest in adjudicating the matter (Plaintiff’s interest in choosing CA is minimal and U. REASONABLENESS When Steps 1. but that burden is always great (nothing special argued about burden being specially onerous). 2A and 2B are proven. cannot exercise jurisdiction over truly foreign defendants without substantial interest of either the forum or plaintiff).what interests is the forum state looking to protect (i. Tak How: Applying the Gestalt factors. Forum state’s interest in adjudicating dispute. Asahi: Indemnity action between a Taiwanese manufacturer and the Japanese manufacturer of the tire valve. and protecting businesses. which was politically unstable at the time and potentially had a need for interpreters as well. while all of matter may not be resolved in Hong Kong. All of matter can be resolved in MA court despite the need to interpreters and the potential absence of witnesses. Foreign state has less of an interest in protecting safety of products because it is an indemnity action. who is a Taiwanese company.plaintiff’s right to choose a convenient forum to litigate the matter in comparison to other available forums. Nowak v. Foreign State’s Interest. 5. Not the most convenient place to adjudicate the matter for plaintiff. Burden is placed on the defendant. Tread carefully when it is a truly foreign defendant (minimal interests of plaintiff do not outweigh substantial interests of foreign state. 3. 5.e.S. Gestalt Factors: determine whether exercise of jurisdiction is reasonable (1-3 most important). which makes contingency fee litigation a burden. Burden on defendant is substantially great to have to fly in witnesses. 4. Plaintiff’s convenience. 1. Hong Kong has substantial interest in preserving tourism industry. and adjudicate matter in CA. so defendant must show more reasons why subjecting it to jurisdiction is extremely onerous. MA’s interest in protecting citizens might be compromised in Hong Kong. almost always present. rights of citizens). while Hong Kong’s interest in protecting businesses might be compromised in MA.Specific Relatedness also works on a sliding scale in relation to forum contacts. 2. V. 4. minimum contacts presumptively exist and exercise of jurisdiction is presumed to be fair.defendant’s burden of litigating in foreign tribunal. Burden on defendant. Matter can be completely resolved but there is a burden on the court to apply Taiwanese law. 1. Burden then shifts to defendant to prove that exercise of jurisdiction is nonetheless unreasonable.
Collaterally attack when plaintiff seeks to enforce judgement under Full Faith & Credit Clause. if defendant loses objection to jurisdiction. Cannot be basis of appeal because it was not raised in the trial court.Defendant asks trial court to set aside judgement on the ground that it is void. 4. In CA. 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. Supreme Court. 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. Section 1): Requires Courts of each state to enforce valid judgements rendered by their sister states.VI. over a defendant with respect to a claim for which there is no independent basis of personal jdx. Full Faith & Credit Clause (Art. In most states challenge is waived if defendant fails to raise objection as part of her first filing or appearance in court. must file an immediate interlocutory appeal or allow default judgement to be entered. CIVIL PROCEDURE-SERVICE OF PROCESS I. Defendant who failed to object to jurisdiction. B.Challenges jurisdiction . the defendant cannot collaterally attack the judgement on jurisdictional grounds.S. 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. Collateral Attack: Defendant must have totally ignored proceedings and allowed default judgement to be entered against him. Rule 60(b)(4). in order to preserve objection. Pendent Personal Jurisdiction: Court may assert pendent personal jdx. A judgement rendered without affording the defendant proper notice of the suit is invalid. If a state refused to do so. SERVICE OF PROCESS OVERVIEW Service of process is the procedure by which a court asserts jurisdiction over the person of the party served. Direct Attack: Rule 12(b)(2).
B. Elemental & Fundamental Requirement of Due Process is that notice is reasonably calculated. A.” Envisions 2 step process: 1. seeking waiver.: 30 days to respond. REQUEST FOR WAIVER OF SERVICE Rule 4(d). to apprise parties of the pendency of the action & of such nature to reasonably convey required information. effecting formal service if no waiver is obtained. as permitted when serving individuals under 4(e)(1). Complaint does not have to be answered until 60 days after the request for the waiver was sent (i. Must be within United States. 60 days to respond Incentives to Sign Waiver: Rule 4(d)(1). Rule 4(h)(1)(B).S. Incentive NOT to sign waiver: When statute of limitations is tolled only by service of process. If outside the U.e.Adequacy of service depends on: (1) compliance with the relevant rule (Rule 4 FRCP). by failing to sign near the end of the 30 day waiver period. the expenses later incurred in making service and the reasonable expenses (including attorney’s fees of any motion required to collect service expenses).service is deemed to have occurred on the date that plaintiff files the signed waiver with the court. under the circumstances. 2. and (2) must comport with due process (5th or 14th Amendment) unless defendant waives right to service or defendant can be immune from service.Individuals Rule 4(e)(2).imposes a duty to avoid unnecessary expenses of serving summons.S.allows plaintiff to serve the defendant personally. 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”.allows plaintiff to deliver a copy of the summons and complaint to “an . 30 days after the waiver is due). Corporations Rule 4(h)(1)(A). Unless defendant waives service. or deliver copies to an agent who has been authorized by appointment or law to receive service on defendant’s behalf. EFFECTING SERVICE ON INDIVIDUALS/CORPORATIONS 1. 2. Court “must: impose on the defendant. accompanied by a “Notice of Lawsuit and Request for Waiver of Summons. Rule 4(d)(4). If in the U.allows plaintiff to borrow state law rules of service.allows plaintiff to send a copy of the complaint to the defendant by first-class mail or other reliable means. and defendant can run out the clock.
which shared its office with Affinity and had been working there only for a few months. which would allow him to know what to do with the papers.: 1.” Courts often flexible in deciding whether a person qualifies as a managing or general agent. Distinguish between mere technical errors and a complete disregard for Rule 4 Factors to Consider Pg 232. Hague Convention C. Defendants in a Foreign Country If a defendant is to be served in a foreign country. whether defendant is an individual. 3 ways of service (go back to that). McDonald was Assistant Vice-President of Primecard. Rule 4(f). Court held that McDonald was not a representative of Affinity and since he was only working there for a few months. Whether service provision is inherently ambiguous .federal treaty. corporation. Type of Service involved 2.Individual must be sufficiently connected with company’s operations to render it likely that service will provide notice to defendant. Whether Plaintiff made good faith/reasonable mistake 3. neither actual notice or simply naming the defendant in the complaint will provide personal jurisdiction. Rule 4 is a flexible rule that should be liberally construed so long as a party receives sufficient notice of the complaint. AICPA v.corporations Rule 4(f)(1). 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. However. federal court must exercise caution so as to not intrude upon sovereignty of another nation. whether defendant was evading service 4. or to any other agent authorized by appointment or by law to receive service of process. court should credit the version of the party that allows case to be heard on its merits. 3.officer. but are both inherently plausible. Court must be certain manner of service ensures fair notice to interested parties.Individuals Rule 4(h)(2). Rule 4 authorizes special and highly flexible procedures for serving defendants in foreign countries. However without substantial compliance with Rule 4. 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. or partnership. Court established that where the parties’ accounts on service of process differ. he was not integrated with organization. Affinity moved to vacate default judgement.
Requires that a person who is made party to lawsuit must be afforded adequate notice of that lawsuit. statute of limitations would bar the refiled action. who is not served within 120 days after the complaint is filed. Court held there was a potential for deprivation of property interest. Savings Statutes: Extends statute of limitations if a suit was timely filed but then dismissed.5. liberty. Judgement rendered in the absence of notice is void.S. Mullane v. DUE PROCESS RIGHT TO NOTICE **GENERAL RULE** When there is a potential deprivation of life. Whether justice would be served by a relaxed construction. is the substitute substantially less likely than others to inform party? If yes not adequate notice. it is not barred by res judicata or claim preclusion. Method of service must also comply with Due Process clause of 5th or 14th Amendment. some were future beneficiaries and others were unknown) by publishing notice of lawsuit in the newspaper. CHBT effected service to beneficiaries (some were known. Due Process requires notice and opportunity for hearing appropriate to the nature of the case. Central Hanover Bank & Trust: During accounting period. . TIME LIMIT FOR EFFECTING SERVICE Rule 4(m): allows federal court to dismiss an action without prejudice as to any defendant in the U. If not go to # 2 2. if the defendant is evading service.Y. beneficiaries required to notice. D.’s Banking Law. Adequacy of notice depends on whether the method of service employed will be effective. or 2. or property. or 3. Test 1. Even if no good cause is shown. Is type of service reasonably certain to inform? If so satisfies due process. Dismissal is “without prejudice”. Court can (but not required to) extend time of service if 1. so if plaintiff refiles suit. II. Time of service must be extended when the plaintiff shows good cause for the failure.which means that dismissal is not based on the merits. or if not effective. if defendant conceals a defect in attempted service until after 120 day period. whether it is substantially less likely to be effective than other reasonably available means. Does not always apply to Rule 4(m) situation where dismissal is for failure to to serve process in a timely fashion. which complied with N. If no.
Witness Immunity: A witness who enters the state to participate in a legal proceeding is immune from being subject to in personam jurisdiction. Courts will enforce them under Full Faith & Credit even if they do not recognize them in that state. of an attorney. A. are not methods such as one desirous of actually informing the party might take to accomplish it. Mail is substantially more likely to work. waiver of service must be entered into voluntarily. possibly with appearance. (Trivial. Adams purchased property. Established rule that in order to waive pre-judgement notice & the opportunity to be heard. waives immunity from service of process. on debtor’s behalf.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).000 liability. Mennonite Board of Missions v. usually present in a contract (similar to Forum Selection Clause). that is designated by holder. Cognovit Clause.debtor consents in advance to holder’s obtaining a judgement without notice or hearing. knowingly. known beneficiaries.waives right to notice. (very disfavored).places undue burden of due dilligence on CHBT. UFL refused & caused Leidholm to incur $30. Adams: Moore entered into mortgage agreement with Mennonite Board of Missions on her property in Indiana. Engaging in substantial business dealings unrelated to litigation proceeding. casual or insubstantial business dealings do not waive immunity. Court endorsed standard that waiver of notice & a hearing requires that the waiver is (1) voluntary. Underwood Farmers Elevator v. but cancelled payment due to drought and offered to compensate for the difference between contracted price & current market price. and (3) intelligently made. Policy Based Immunities & Exemptions 1.Unknown beneficiaries. contingent remainders. Moore failed to pay property taxes and County provided her notice by certified mail and published notice of tax sale. MBM not informed of tax sale. to which he signed confession of judgement in order to work out amicable agreement. B. Use of publication or notice to property owner. Court remanded case for those determinations. Leidholm: Leidholm contracted with Underwood Farmers to deliver bushels of oats. and intelligently.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. . Court held that State was required to perform due dilligence. (2) knowing. Prefiling Waiver & Consent Confession of judgement.
lack of documentary proof). Established rule that if while in the jurisdiction person claiming immunity engages in activities of a business nature unrelated to litigation. 2. immunity from service of process is waived. 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). 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. Wilansky: Wilansky lured to Missouri when he decided he was going to leave the company for a competitor. Hwung: Fun-Damental sued variety of parties in two separate lawsuits for trademark infringement. III. Ltd. Court required new service to be effected. Hwung. Fun-Damental argued that Hwung did not have witness immunity because he allegedly participated in business related activities unrelated to the litigation. 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. v. and while there ate dinner with a business associate & visited showroom of company. However. 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. defendant trying to sell property). (Not waived if business dealings are casual & unforeseen or trivial & insubstantial). where upon confirmation of his resignation May served him with process. the president of one of the companies being sued.Fun-Damental Too. came to New York to testify in the first lawsuit. and the fact that he ate dinner with an associate absent proof of what they talked about is merely insubstantial. Lamb exception-Supreme Court carved out exception to general immunity would undermine the purpose of the action in which the witness participating is served. May Department Stores v. (3) presence of any exigent circumstances (i. 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.e. .e. 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. Endorsed Bright line rule that plaintiff luring defendant to jurisdiction must warn defendant that he may be served if he enters the state. 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).
Doehr: DiGiovanni attached Doehr’s house prior to a judgement and without giving Doehr notice. SUBJECT MATTER JDX. IV. whichever is filed first. (3) defendant not currently trying to sell property.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. potential federal ingredient. .does not have to actually be decided in the case). (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). Thus the court held that the state’s interests were de minimis and did not warrant pre-judgement attachment of property. Rule 12(b)(4). Satisfying the statute always satisfies Article III (do statute analysis 1st). private interest affected is usually great. as a way to secure judgement on an alleged battery committed by Doehr. When it comes to deprivation of property. CIVIL PROCEDURE SUBJECT MATTER JURISDICTION I. impairs ability to sell property and taints credit rating. 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). Circumstances warranted depriving defendant of pre-seizure attachment hearing. IN COURTS -Court must satisfy Article III §2 and a statute in order to establish subject matter jurisdiction. Arising Under federal law (leading case:Osborn. 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). Connecticut v. Eldridge: Involved breach of contract where plaintiff sought to recover consumer goods. Court applied Matthews Balancing test: (1) property interests that attachment affects are significant because it clouds title.Article III § 2 lists 9 categories that may be heard within federal court: 1.allows party to file a motion to dismiss for insufficient process (insufficiency of the content of the summons). CHALLENGING SERVICE A party challenging service must raise it by a motion to dismiss 12(b)(5) or in the answer. . Challenge is waived if not asserted in a timely fashion.
Creation Test Express right of action. . Defined more narrowly than Article III “arising under.2. State courts have concurrent jdx. whether plaintiff is one of the class for whose special benefit statute was enacted. citizens thereof. Limits subject matter jurisdiction by statute.Litigant can file federal question cases in either state or federal forum. Implied right of action. Majority of cases arise under federal question jdx. To which the united states shall be a party. (Extremely rare exception).C. II. thus making it a nonfederal matter. of all civil actions arising under federal law. FEDERAL QUESTION JDX.despite presence of congressionally created cause of action.28 U. Between a state. or diversity Supreme Court’s jurisdiction over cases from lower federal courts is derivative. with Federal courts . other public ministers and consuls 5. and foreign states. case can not “arise under” federal law. § 1331 district courts shall have original jdx. Court looks at 4 factors to determine whether implied right of action exists (Cort Factors): 1. 7. 6.cannot exercise jdx.Includes all federally created laws that create the plaintiff’s cause of action Exception: Shoshone Exception. Supreme Court’s jdx.Satisfies statutory “arising under” by (1) creation test or (2) essential federal ingredient test. Normally there is a presumption that if a statute does not expressly create a private cause of action one does not exist. . (§1331) Case in which an issue of federal law is properly presented for judicial resolution. 1. where the substantive law to be applied is state law. In admiralty and maritime jdx.where Congress creates substantive rights or immunities without specifying whether private persons may sue to enforce those rights. It can review issues in state courts if federal issue is ever decided.” . over state courts is not derivative. if lower court did not have subject matter jdx. Between 2 or more states 8.S. 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. a state and citizens of another state 9. Affecting ambassadors. citizens or subjects 4.
Grable & Sons: IRS seized Michigan real property belonging to Grable & Sons to satisfy federal tax delinquency. whether implying a private remedy would be consistent with the underlying purposes of the legislative scheme. Merrell Dow: Involved state tort claim resting on allegation that the defendant drug company violated federal misbranding prohibition and was negligent under Ohio law. Gov’t officials for violation of constitutional rights. Main factor is legislative intent. WELL-PLEADED COMPLAINT/ARTFUL PLEADING . . Cannot upset the congressionally mandated allocation of jdx. which they believe required personal service. whether the claim is one traditionally relegated to state law. Example: implied right of action against fed. (3) Some consideration in the assessment of substantiality. 4.2. which require uniformity.Well. A. (Does it open the floodgates to federal courts?) Ex. explicit or implicit. likelihood of breach of contract claim containing Fed. ingredient was substantial because it involved federal tax matters. 3.pleaded complaint rule. (4) Does not open the floodgates because it is the rare state title case that raises a contested matter of federal law. Safety Skateboards Act. between state & federal courts. whether there is any indication of legislative intent. 4. (3) Fed. Cort factors: (1) federal ingredient embedded in claim (federal branding requirement). 2. 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. (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. Essential Federal Ingredient Test (EFI) Elements necessary to satisfy EFI are: 1. (4) would of opened the floodgates to federal courts of state misbranding actions that involved federal claims. either to create such a remedy or to deny one (MAIN FACTOR).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. federal ingredient must actually be disputed within the context of the case. Only allegations pertaining to the necessary elements of the plaintiff’s claim will be considered in determining if the case arises under federal law. essential federal ingredient embedded in an otherwise nonfederal claim such that vindication of the nonfederal claim is dependent on a point of federal law. (2) federal ingredient was actually disputed. 3. Established upset balance and would open floodgates. federal ingredient must be important or substantial in the sense that it requires uniformity of a federal decision. 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.
.B. . Only arises under federal law for purposes of §1331 when it would have arisen under 1331. Louisville & Nashville Railroad v. Overview Article III §2 merely requires minimal diversity. Valid federal law trumps all state laws inconsistent with the specific terms or objectives of the federal law. Constitution and all laws enacted pursuant to it is the supreme law of the land. (3) citizens of different states in which citizens or subjects of a foreign state are additional parties (mix of interstate diversity & alienage jdx.Artful Pleading. Congress later passed a statute that prohibited Railroads from giving free transportation. 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 doctrine.Preemption satisfies §1331 when: (1) it is the basis for the plaintiff’s claim. §1332 (a) allows diversity jurisdiction over: (1) citizens of different states (interstate diversity).where Congress intended to convert state law into federal law.Prevents plaintiff from defeating federal jurisdiction by disguising what is clearly a federal claim as a state law claim. as plaintiff and citizens of a State or of different States (foreign gov’t against citizens of one or more states). Under this theory.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. Does not expand subject matter jurisdiction. 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. Mottleys sued claiming breach of contract. Either side may file for declaratory relief (decision is binding).).S. federal law wholly displaces state-law cause of action. and alleged that the Railroad’s defense which would be the statute violated their right to due process. opposing parties can be co-citizens yet still satisfy minimal diversity under Article III. (2) citizens of a State and citizens & subjects of a foreign state (alienage jurisdiction). III.any two adverse parties are not co-citizens of the same state. DIVERSITY JURISDICTION A. Possible that in a two party case. when one party has multiple citizenship. PREEMPTION . even if pleaded as a state law claim is in reality a federal law claim. . if one of the parties had been seeking coercive relief (Must determine who would have been the plaintiff). Mandates that the case be treated as a federal claim .theory that U.. and (4) a foreign state. a claim that comes under the scope of this cause of action. (2) Complete preemption (Very Rare).
Act of 2002 28 U. because he was a citizen of NH based on the fact that he owned property in NH.e. even if there is only minimal rather than complete diversity: (1) Multiparty.S. . over domestic relations proceedings (i.Congress has passed statutes that allow federal courts to hear certain types of cases.C. Defendant argued court did not have subject matter jdx. alimony and child custody proceedings) or over probate proceedings. Citizen domiciled abroad cannot sue or be sued in a federal court based on diversitybecause U. U. 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.no plaintiff is a citizen of the same state as any of the defendants.e. and corporate filings gave his address as NH. and most of the injuries occurred there).000). and he and his wife belonged to several community organizations in FL. . Because it was a mixed question of law and fact.did not satisfy §1332. and the Amount In Controversy is satisfied (currently $75. §1332. Cannot be invoked if suit is well-suited for litigation in state court (i. had an NH driver’s license since 1986.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. divorce. Citizen domiciled who is not domiciled in a U. a district court will not exercise subject matter jdx. §1369. (2) Class Action Fairness Act of 2005. Even if complete diversity is satisfied. when it is challenged by defendant. Burden is on plaintiff to establish citizenship. Multiforum Trial Jdx.’88 and ’89. was registered to vote and did vote in NH until 1990. Lundquist contended that he was a FL resident because he purchase real property in FL. listed FL residence on federal tax returns in 1987. territory or D. had an FL driver’s license since 1984. plane crash) where at least 75 people died at a discreet location. Court can also deny jdx. kept FL bank accounts. 67% of the class members are from the state where the suit was filed. and does not qualify as a “citizen or subject” of a “foreign state” for diversity purposes because the term only applies to foreign nationals. state.e. applies to certain civil actions that arise from a single accident (i. at least one defendant is a citizen of that sate. the district court’s decision could not be set aside unless clearly erroneous. when more than 1/3. Court held that corporate filings and Lundquist’s continued voting in NH were more important factors in determining he was domiciled in NH.S. is not a citizen of any state within the meaning of §1332.S.S. based on diversity. 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.§1332 requires complete diversity.Diversity **GENERAL RULE** Domicile is established at the time the suit is filed and cannot be lost by a subsequent change in citizenship. B.C. most of his personal property was in FL.
. Friend: Friend and Nhieu were California citizens.Tests used to determine a corporation’s PPB: (1) nerve center test. Unincorporated organizations and associations that are not incorporated are deemed for diversity purposes. . and sues in one of its states of incorporation. Hertz v. However. Legal certainty is relevant to the point that it reveals a lack of good faith on the part of the plaintiff. something happens that reduces amount in controversy (i.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). .Subsequent event: Amount in Controversy is in excess of statutory minimum. Established nerve center as test for principal place of business. As Hertz’s headquarters is located in New Jersey. who filed an action against Hertz alleging violation of wage and hour laws.Congress has always required that amount in controversy exceeds a specified minimum currently $75.most lower courts have rejected it after §1332(c). it is treated as being a citizen of its PPB and of forum state. C. does not exist if it can be shown to a legal certainty that even if plaintiff establishes liability. over controversy or undermine plaintiff’s good faith as of the date that the lawsuit was filed.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. that is its principal place of business under the nerve center test. where its main headquarters are located.(judicially created before 1958 amendment to §1332(c) which defined corporate citizenship.considered a part of the good faith test.wherever a corporation has its “nerve center or brain” i. §1332(c).Supreme Court has not addressed the issue). Friend and Nhieu argued that Hertz was a citizen of California and therefore diversity jurisdiction was lacking.Legal certainty-jdx. she could not recover jurisdictional minimum. but not of other states of incorporation.000. As of the time lawsuit was filed known to a legal certainty that amount satisfied statutory minimum.e. corporate headquarters. Forum Doctrine. Amount in Controversy . .Amount in Controversy claimed by the plaintiff will be accepted if it is apparently made in good faith. . Defendant pays a portion of the amount) but does not divest Court’s jdx. to be citizens of every state and country of which any member is a citizen. Hertz attempted to remove pursuant to 1441(a) because they were citizens of different states.if a corporation is incorporated in more than one state.e.
where each defendant caused a portion of the harm to plaintiff. At the time the lawsuit was filed. .AIC is value or benefit to the defendant. refers back to the date the lawsuit was filed (potentially affects good faith claim of the plaintiff). Plaintiff’s viewpoint. but subsequent inquiries by Dworkin revealed that KCWA made a mistake in assessing the water bill. . IV.permitted federal courts to take jdx.Subsequent revelation: Discover something that reveals amount in controversy is less than claimed. Either viewpoint (more widely used). 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. which was based on the number of cubic feet of water consumed on the property and assessed by the Kent County Water Authority (KCWA). 4. the AIC exceeded statutory minimum.the AIC is the amount related to either party which the judgement would directly produce. Computing AIC in Suits for Declaratory or Injunctive Relief: 1. undivided interest in each card).pendent jurisdiction.Aggregation of Claims.the amount in controversy is the value or benefit to the plaintiff in obtaining relief sought.Plaintiff can aggregate all of her claims against a single defendant.e. Jurisdictional. 3.When there is more than one defendant-Plaintiff must satisfy AIC against each defendant. but can each be held liable for the total damage caused by the defendants as a group.. who then forwarded it to Coventry. Joint & Several Liability Exception: Aggregation of claims is allowed.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. SUPPLEMENTAL JURISDICTION . 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. 2. Coventry: Coventry sued Dworkin over their failure to pay for sewer main usage. baseball collection passed in will equally to brothers was destroyed by a single party.AIC is value of the party seeking to invoke the court’s jurisdiction. Exists .When there is more than one plaintiff-Each plaintiff must satisfy the AIC requirement against the defendant. over claims asserted by the original plaintiff for which there was no independent basis of subject matter jurisdiction. . 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. Plaintiff is enforcing single title or right and Defendants have a common and undivided interest for each is liable for the total harm caused. Defendant’s viewpoint. even if the claims are not related to one another.
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. and hired Gibbs.Gives courts the power to hear cases based on supplemental jdx. **GENERAL RULE** In order for a court to exercise supplemental jdx. . both claims evolved from a common nucleus of operative fact (strike).” .federal & state law claim involve same facts.ancillary jurisdiction. 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).a.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. over Owen when OPPD was dismissed from the lawsuit. to open a new mine and use miners from a rival union. impleader).” . who owned and operated the crane. over claims by someone other than original plaintiff.permitted federal courts to take jdx. A. Owen Equipment v. Court held that it did not have pendent jdx. Kroger: Kroger filed wrongful death lawsuit against OPPD when her husband was electrocuted by the boom of a steel crane. .). existed (i. where no independent basis of jdx. which caused Gibbs to lose his job and his haulage contract.common nucleus of operative fact. §1367-SUPPLEMENTAL JDX.e. cross-claims between defendants. which named Owen as an additional defendant (pendent jdx. as a superintendent. because her amendment of the lawsuit destroyed complete diversity between the parties ( she & Owen were both Iowa residents). OPPD filed third-party complaint against Owen. over a case. Virtually certain to be met when they are alternate legal theories for redressing the same underlying wrong. claims by defendant against 3rd party a. Court held that it was proper for lower court to retain state law claim because the federal claim was substantial. but court has the power to remand state law claims back to state court. While motion was pending. Gibbs: Coal company laid off miners from the United Mine Workers Union. Armed members of UMW forcibly prevented opening of the mine by force & the creation of a picket line.k.Incorporated & replaced common law doctrines of pendent & ancillary jdx. 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). counterclaims. . United Mine Workers of America v. not a plaintiff’s right. Kroger amended complaint.
when: (1) claim raises a novel or complex issue of State law. §1367(b).Most courts construe same case or controversy. §1367(d).as common nucleus of operative fact (Minority of 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. other courts believe that subsection 4 restricts a court’s discretion.If a federal court refuses to exercise supplemental jurisdiction. convenience or fairness). holding that a court cannot decline supplemental jurisdiction solely on the basis of judicial economy. Court has rejected theory of supplemental standing.District courts have supplemental jdx. over type of lawsuit by statute. 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). (2) claim substantially predominates over federal claim (3) district court has dismissed all claims over which it has original jurisdiction (4) in exceptional circumstances. .gives Courts the power to decline to exercise supplemental jdx. §1367(c)[Court’s Discretion]. If not met the case or the claims where standing is lacking must be dismissed.bars supplemental jurisdiction where court’s jurisdiction is founded solely on §1332diversity. . give §1367(a) broader meaning in that only a loose factual relationship to the federal claim is allowed). Congress must expressly negate supplemental jdx. .Court cannot infer or imply Congress’ intent to negate supplemental jurisdiction. where it offends standards of diversity. there are other compelling reasons for declining jurisdiction (split over subsection 4.Standing (Justiciability): Limits federal court’s power to adjudicate cases to actual cases and not hypothetical or feigned disputes.§1367(a)[Court’s Power]. . Requires plaintiff to establish a causal link between something done by the defendant and an injury suffered by the plaintiff.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. 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. Must have fallen within supplemental jdx. under §1367(a) Statute of limitation cannot have run at the time the lawsuit commenced.
the tortious interference claim involves separate acts by Blue Bell. who was pregnant.59 against the Cowetts for payment on a defaulted promissory note.Case can only be removed to the federal district court embracing the place where the state suit is pending. Cowett: McCurtain sought $15. Firing someone and preventing them from finding . §1332.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. Blue Bell removed to federal court because there was a federal question. who worked for 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. McCurtain County Production v. §1441(b). Eastus v.Bars removal in diversity cases if any defendant is a citizen of the forum state. Furthermore.94. only defendants involved in separate & independent claim need file for removal to federal court.Under 1441(c). or §1367). was fired after he took time off to be with his wife. . However. calling prospective employers. and bears no relationship to the FMLA claim. 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. the case could not have originally been brought in federal court because the Amount in Controversy as to each defendant was not satisfied. 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. Eastus moved to have the state law claims remanded. Alternatively sought judgement against other defendants including John Deere for $2. Blue Bell: Eastus.(Different from transfer). in state court. §1441(a).V.903. John Deere attempted to remove the case to federal court under 1441(a) because of diversity. REMOVAL JURISDICTION . which the court did pursuant to 1441(c). 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 . However.215. §1441(c). the court held that because there was no separate & independent claim against John Deere.Federal court’s ability to hear cases that the defendant removes to federal courts to override plaintiff’s choice of forum. 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.
but is removed pursuant to 1441(c) and not 1332. short and plain statement of the claim showing that the pleader is entitled to relief 3. Permissible under supplemental jurisdiction. a short and plain statement of the grounds for the court’s jurisdiction 2. .required party to carefully align the facts with each element of the asserted right (i.FRCP 8(a) a pleading that states a claim for relief must contain: 1. Presenting Defenses FRCP 12(b) 1. where state law predominates as to the individual claim. . her response (answer) is normally due within 20 days (unless she has timely waived service under rule 4(d). When a court can retain jurisdiction over separate and independent claims: 1. and 90 if resides outside of U. each element of duty. breach. but was not removable under 1441(a) and (b).).e. NOTICE PLEADING -Fact pleading (later rejected). insufficient process 5. the state court has the power to remand separate and independent claims. where court only requires a loose factual nexus to satisfy common nucleus of operative fact. state law claim between diverse parties. FRCP 12(a).S.S.Once the defendant has been served with a summons and a copy of the complaint. state law claim that is part of the same constitutional case as the separate and independent federal claim.Adoption of FRCP. and the first does not necessarily lead to the second. Federal court does not act unconstitutionally by retaining the entire case after it was removed by the defendant sued on the federal question. 2. then has 60 days to respond if resides in U. failure to join a party under Rule 19 . concise and direct. insufficient service of process 6. lack of personal jurisdiction 3. improper venue 4. lack of subject matter jurisdiction 2. that does not meet AIC. demand for the relief sought FRCP 8(d)(1)-each allegation must be simple. causation must be identified and factually supported). rejected fact pleading and provided simplified form of pleading called notice pleading. .a new job are separate wrongs. As proof of the two counts will not substantially involve the same facts. failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted 7. No technical form is required.
Distinction between Local and Transitory Actions: . . .Except as otherwise provided by law and subject to the power of the court to transfer actions or proceedings as provided in this title. However states can amend by statute. court will look to complaint to see what type of relief predominates the plaintiff’s claims. or for the determination in any form.(bulk of all civil actions i. even if venue statute allows for additional options. 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.Example of Venue Statutes in State Courts: California Code of Civil Procedure §395(a)-Governs Transitory Actions.3. §1391: applies to all diversity cases and a most federal question cases.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).S.If an action is deemed local. California Code of Civil Procedure §392(a)(1)-Governs Local Actions. Caveat: actions involving damages to real property are not considered local as they do not affect ownership.Venue. B. it may only be filed in the federal judicial district in which the property is situated. . or some part thereof.geographic location of the court in which the lawsuit is filed.C. Transitory Actions. that is the subject of the action. PROPER VENUE IN FEDERAL COURTS General Venue Statute: 28 U. Mixed Actions. torts) nature of underlying claim does not lock the controversy to a specific venue. . and for injuries to real property. Can be filed anywhere.2. contract. OVERVIEW . 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. 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.VENUE TRANSFER A.e. .1. of that right or interest.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). . . .the superior court in the county where the real property. or (2) for the foreclosure of all liens and mortgages on real property.(mix between local and transitory) action is governed by the nature of the “main relief” (local or transitory). third and final step in selecting the appropriate court (after personal jurisdiction and subject matter jurisdiction).
if all defendants reside in the same State. -In a multidistrict state. (3) a judicial district in which any defendant may be found. or (2) a judicial district in which a substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred. if all defendants reside in the same state. if defendant is domiciled in the Central District of California. both subsections (a)(1) and (b)(1) provide the option of venue in that district). or (2) a judicial district in which a substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred.“events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred.Residence. .Substantial Part of Events.§1391(a). in a multidistrict 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. there may be problems if the long-arm statute cannot be applied to any specific district. be brought only in: (1) a judicial district where any defendant resides. except as otherwise provided by law. which eliminated the difficulty in .e. which is not a problem in a single district state.a civil action wherein jurisdiction is not founded solely on diversity of citizenship may. §1391(b).applies to federal question cases. presents a question of federal law to which state law is irrelevant (Erie doctrine). or a substantial part of the property that is subject to the action is situated. . except as otherwise provided by law. However. Other courts only require due process analysis. be brought only in (1) a judicial district where any defendant resides.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. 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. .Residence of Corporations. if there is no district in which the action may otherwise be brought. Subsections (a)(2) and (b)(2). or a substantial part of the property that is the subject of the action is situated.Residence means domicile (i.” is generally given a broad interpretation. if there is no district in which the action may otherwise be brought. 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).applies to diversity actions. Subsections (a)(1) and (b)(1).civil action wherein jurisdiction is founded only on diversity of citizenship may.In a single district state. (3) a judicial district in which any defendant is subject to personal jurisdiction at the time the action is commenced.
However. If venue is proper under either the “residence” or “substantial events” clauses. the fallback provisions are not available. TRANSFER OF VENUE IN FEDERAL COURT 28 U. Normally a district court order dismissing a suit for improper venue is reviewed under an abuse of discretion standard. an investment broker. “found” can be either construed as subject to personal jurisdiction or only transient jurisdiction.000 in an IRA with First Michigan pursuant to advice from Sobol. First of Michigan and Sobol filed suit to enjoin and dismiss arbitration claim in the Eastern District of Michigan.C. Events that might only have some tangential connection with the dispute in litigation are not enough. which occurred in Florida and thus venue was improper. a district court may transfer any civil action to any other district or division where it might have been brought.For the convenience of the parties and witnesses. Subsequently. . First of Michigan Corp. v.determining the district where venue would be proper. in the interest of justice. as defendant may be found after the lawsuit has been commenced. 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. Bramlets initiated an arbitration action against First of Michigan and Sobol in Florida. 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. Defendant has the burden of demonstrating that district court should transfer the action. The district court dismissed because it held that “the substantial event” giving rise to the claim was the Bramlets filing the arbitration suit. Established rule that under §1391(a)(2) proper venue is any district court where there are substantial events giving rise to the claim.S. (b)(3) states venue in a judicial district in which any defendant may be found. (a)(3) states venue in a judicial district in which any defendant is subject to personal jurisdiction at the time the action is commenced. Bramlet: Bramlets invested $62.allows for more leeway in terms of when the defendant may be found. On appeal. Bramlets filed FRCP 12(b)(3) motion to dismiss for improper venue. but because the district court misapplied the statute. the appellate court reviewed the dismissal for lack of venue under a “de novo” standard.Can only be used if there is no district in which the action may otherwise be brought. venue is proper in the Eastern District of Michigan. but any substantial event giving rise to the claim. Since most of the Bramlets investments took place in Michigan or resulted from contact the Bramlets had with Sobol. -Subsections (a)(3) and (b)(3)-Fallback Provisions. who only conducted business in Michigan. C.
C. (i.Under §1404(a). will use the same substantive law as the court where the action was transferred from.: Smith is suing Colonial Penn for the breach of an insurance contract.” Remains true even if at the time of the transfer defendants are willing to waive any objection to personal jurisdiction in the transferee court. Under a §1406(a) transfer. . .the court where the action is transferred to will use its own choice of law principles (i.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. Smith brought claim in Galveston Division of the Southern District. Also applies to §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.The court where the action is transferred to. 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). Court held that since Galveston was the same distance from the Houston airport as the Houston District Court. Colonial Penn Insurance Co.S. 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.Hoffman v.e. 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. 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. 28 U. while Colonial Penn seeks to transfer the motion to the Houston Division of the Southern District. §1406(a) Transfer from improper venue to proper venue: Where venue is improper. 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). Defendant contended that it would be inconvenient to litigate in Galveston because it did not have an airport..
After the pretrial matter are conducted (i. Multidistrict Litigation:Procedural device established by 28 U. airline disasters and complex antitrust/securities cases).C §1631 to transfer to a proper venue when there is a “want of jurisdiction” in the originating court. What happens when the originating court lacks personal jurisdiction? If a court lacks personal jurisdiction over a defendant. §1406(a) or §1631(a) transfer motion.M/S Bremen Standard-If the selected forum is in a foreign country or in a specified state court.e. §1407 which allows the federal judicial system to coordinate and consolidate pretrial proceedings in factually related lawsuits. the standard remedy is to dismiss the case as to that party. so a transfer from one federal forum to another should make no difference. unless the objecting .C. Thus federal law of circuit in which the receiving court sits shall be applied. if doing so will be for the convenience of the parties and witnesses and will promote the just and efficient conduct of such actions. D. A few courts use 28 U.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.S.This rule does not apply in federal question cases which is based on the fiction that federal law is uniform throughout the nation. but its language is more encompassing. matter is transferred back to the federal district court from which they were transferred. discovery). Transfer is allowed when civil actions involving one or more common questions of fact are pending in different districts. When personal jurisdiction is lacking but the venue is proper. FORUM SELECTION CLAUSES . the Van Dusen Rule does not apply. §1631 transfer was originally used when exclusive subject matter jurisdiction was lodged in a court other than the originating court. There is no comparable device for cases filed in a multiplicity of state courts. on motion.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. while a minority use §1406(a) transfer. **GENERAL RULE** When personal jurisdiction is lacking in the originating court. Primary focus is the just and efficient conduct of such actions (usually involved in cases of mass torts. Goldlawr transfer. . the majority of federal courts use a §1404(a) transfer. meaning the law of the originating court does not transfer to the transferee court.S. whether a §1404(a). federal courts will.
party can “clearly” show that the enforcement would be unreasonable and unjust or the clause is invalid or overreaching. 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. administrative difficulties flowing from court congestion 2. Jones filed suit in the state court of California. 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. and then moved to either dismiss the case or transfer venue to the Western District of Pennsylvania. -When there is a forum selection clause and the defendant seeks to transfer. . a federal court will treat the clause as no more than a presumptively valid venue to or from which a case may be transferred. the majority of forum selection clauses are enforced. the unfairness of burdening citizens in an unrelated forum with jury duty . the avoidance of unnecessary problems in conflict of laws or in the application of foreign law 5. 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. diversity.: Jones. .A party must show that (1) there is an available alternate forum. It may be used in a state court when the more convenient forum is in a foreign or sister state. GNC Franchising. and (2) the balance of private and public concerns weigh heavily in the favor of dismissal. GNC removed the case to federal court based on §1332.if a forum selection clause broadly describes the selected forum as any court located in a certain state or geographic region.When there is a forum selection clause that designates a specific court. 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. .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. Jones v. Gilbert Factors of forum non conveniens Public Factors 1. Inc. While the forum selec E.
4. The case was removed to the federal court in the Central District of California. v. laws regarding liability are more favorable than Scotland’s. all other practical problems that would make trial of a case easy. the private interests pointed to Scotland as the appropriate forum because (1) the real parties in interest are from Scotland. (Foundation Case). relative ease of access to sources of proof 2. possibility of view of premises if view would be appropriate to the action. ERIE DOCTRINE **GENERAL RULE** Federal courts sitting in diversity will generally apply federal procedural law and state substantive law. (2) inability to implead third-party defendants located in Scotland.S.Private Factors 1. while Hartzell moved to dismiss because it was not subject to personal jurisdiction or transfer the case to Pennsylvania. Once it was transferred. which is sufficient to support dismissal on grounds of forum non conveniens.. Erie Railroad Co. Although evidence concerning the plane and propeller was located in the U. . Reyno: A small commercial aircraft crashed in the Scottish highlands during a charter flight. (2) lack of familiarity with Scottish law. Operates as alternative forum for adjudication of the state created right. expeditious. law of negligence provides “substantive” standards against which to measure our everyday duties to one another).e. The plane was manufactured in Pennsylvania by Piper Aircraft. (3) Scotland has a strong interest in the case because it occurred in their airspace.Substantive right. The decedents were all Scottish subjects and residents and at the time of the crash the plane was subject to Scottish air traffic control. all of the decedents were scotish and all of the potential plaintiffs and defendants aside from Piper and Hartzell were either English or Scottish. Reyno. availability of compulsory process for attendance of unwilling and the cost of obtaining attendance of willing witnesses 3. the secretary of the lawyer who filed the lawsuit. and inexpensive. which does not recognize strict liability in tort. Then Piper moved to transfer to the Western District of Pennsylvania under §1404(a).S. The public factors also weigh in favor of Scotland as: (1) court would apply Pennsylvania law to Piper and Scottish law to Hartzell. (3) forcing parties to rely on actions of indemnity an contribution would be burdensome. Piper and Hartzell moved to dismiss because of forum non conveniens. while the propellers were manufactured in Ohio by Hartzell. . where the pilot and five passengers were killed instantly. Piper Aircraft v.defines the standards of conduct applicable to everyday life. (i. and (4) witnesses are out of reach of the compulsory process. was appointed administatrix and a lawsuit was commence in California for wrongful death against Piper and Hartzell because the U. Tompkins.
Brown & Yellow reincorporated in Tennessee. v. Tompkins: Tompkins was injured by a passing freight train of the Erie Railroad Company. The inequities of Swift v. Kentucky railroad station. and the district court affirmed the decree under the general common law rather than the common law of Kentucky. except where the Constitution. The Court held that Swift v. held that the common law of the states was not law. exercise independent judgement as to what the common law of the state should be. 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. and vice versa. common law of the states were not laws as defined by the Rules of Decisions Act. and the federal courts were free to create their own body of general common law to apply to the matter. Black & White Taxicab Co. in an effort to promote uniformity throughout the country. on the other hand. in cases where they apply. that he was rightfully on the premises because he was using a commonly used footpath which ran alongside the tracks.: Brown & Yellow Taxicab. because it created discrimination by non-citizens against citizens and rendered . treaties or statutes of the United States provide otherwise shall be regarded as rules of decisions in trials at common law. the person obligated on the bill could raise the fraud defense against a bona fide purchaser.the laws of the several states. Under New York common law. which would grant them the exclusive privilege of soliciting passenger and baggage transportation at the railroad. which stated that laws of the several states. a Kentucky corporation. a Kentucky corporation. they also wanted to prevent the Black & White Taxicab. except where the Constitution.specify the manner or means through which claims arising under the substantive law may be adjudicated. while walking along its right of way. Erie denied liability and argued that the matter should be determined as a matter of Pennsylvania law. Tyson were brought to light when they brought suit to enjoin competition against Black & White..Procedural rules. .28 U.Rules of Decision Act (RDA) . where the accident occurred. treaties or statutes of the United States otherwise require or provide. §1652. Tompkins. shall be regarded as rules of decision in trials at common law. in the Courts of the United States. wanted to enter into a contract with the Bowling Green. Tyson was wrong in allowing federal courts to ignore the unwritten law of the state and instead.S. Erie Railroad Co. from interfering with that privilege. pursuant to the Federal Judiciary Act of 1789 (Rules of Decision Act). and was ultimately struck by a door from a moving freight car. v. while under the general principles of common law.C. .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. Brown & Yellow Taxicab Co. Swift v. and executed the contract. He claimed that the accident occurred through negligence in the operation or maintenance of the train. The Court. he could not. argued that the matter should be determined as a matter of federal general common law.
The court held that a federal district court must apply the choice-of-law principles that a Delaware state court would apply. Track Three. denial of independence). Ricoh: Stewart Organization. the court ended federal general common law. Established that federal courts sitting in diversity must follow the substantive laws of the state.Federal Procedure derived from Federal Statute 2. an Alabama company.Federal Procedure derived from a Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 3.State law must conform to the Constitution and must yield to constitutionally valid federal law whenever a conflict between state and federal law arises. and all treaties made under the authority of the United States. 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. 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. The contract contained a forum selection clause .FEDERAL PROCEDURE DERIVED FROM FEDERAL STATUTE . does it limit a power in the Constitution).Erie type problems arise when federal procedural law conflicts with state substantive law. including the state’s common law. . federal procedural law must be applied. Therefore.Federal Procedure derived from federal common-law I. (2) Is the statute valid? Is it capable of being rationally classifiable as procedural? (premised on enumerated power in Constitution.equal protection of the law impossible (invaded authority of the State. Stewart v. -Track One Analysis: (1) Is the statute “sufficiently broad to control the issue” before the Court? (“direct collision” between state and federal law). The parties disagreed over whether to apply New York or Delaware law. Klaxon: Contract dispute between a New York company and a Delaware company. entered into a dealership agreement to market copier products of Ricoh.The Constitution. any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the contrary notwithstanding. Track One.Erie overruled Swift v. Pre. TRACK ONE. shall be the Supreme Law of the land.Erie: Courts allowed to do this despite Rules of Decision Act (RDA) because state common law was not considered law. . Question becomes which trumps the other. 1. and the Laws of the United States made pursuant to it.Translation. Tyson. which allowed federal courts to freely ignore state common law and apply its own view of general common law.Supremacy Clause. does it violate separation of powers. and the Judges in every state shall be bound thereby. . If so. Track Two.
creation of federal common law to prevent state or foreign law interference with federal interests. federal interests that stem from a statute). 5. interstitial federal common law. b. implied rights of action). but not federal common law.e. Ricoh sought to transfer motion to S. interpreted provision narrowly to avoid conflict with State law.created when federal courts fill a gap in an otherwise comprehensive legislative scheme (i. a.creation of statutory federal common law that does more than fill a gap (i. Federal law governs the transfer motion. or fills a gap in the statutory scheme. while Alabama has a policy that categorically disfavors forum selection clauses. Scalia Dissent. -Examples: 1. .e. 4. which is the federal court’s power to develop common law pertaining to matters over which the Constitution vests authority in the federal government. Statutory federal common law.e. 6.S. minimum contacts test from due process clause and interpretation of “arising under” of Article III). the Constitution. global statutory federal common law. and a choice-of-law provision designating that New York law would control disputes. Sometimes triggers Track One Analysis because it sometimes stems from federal statute. .judicially created laws that protect uniquely federal interests (i.Erie sounded death knell for federal general common law.N. deciding when Sherman Antitrust Act applies). 2.national interest in uniformity in controversies over water rights allows Supreme Court to act where there is an absence of congressional legislation. Uniquely federal interests. 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. treaties and laws of the United States triggers a Track One Analysis and trumps state law to the contrary on a Supremacy Clause Analysis. but Stewart argued that Alabama law governed the transfer motion. often triggered when the liability of the United States is at stake.D. Admiralty & Maritime Law. Constitutional Common law.providing that any dispute arising out of the contract could be brought only in a court in Manhattan.The subtle role of Erie played a role in Scalia’s dissent. where he stated that 1404(a) is a venue provision and is not broad enough to preempt Alabama state law regarding contracts. Foreign relations & customary international law . . 3.Supreme Court interpretations of the U.. Constitution (i.Y. 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. and had a public policy against contractual forum-selection clauses.Federal common law that stems from a federal statute.power of federal courts to create federal common law in the context of admiralty and maritime suits. Interstate Relations.Judicial interpretation of federal statute to the extent that it adds or alters rights or obligations. -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.e.
enlarge or modify any substantive right.28 U. . TRACK TWO. enlarge or modify any substantive right? If not must be applied regardless of state law to the contrary. and held that since .II. . Track Two Analysis 1. which she claimed was caused by one of Wilson’s employees. Merchants Transfer & Warehouse Co. Plaintiff concedes that rules are procedural in nature in an attempt to avoid application of Indiana law. 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. Is the federal rule capable of being rationally classifiable as procedural? 3.C.Some judges felt that Erie was an omnipresent principle of federalism and the simple model adopted in Sibbach disappeared until Hannah v. § 2072 Rules Enabling Act (REA). The court held that it does not abridge.There is a strong presumption that any federal rule of civil procedure is valid. Sibbach v. Wilson & Co.(b) such rules shall not abridge. but rather a substantial right.: A highway accident occurred in Kansas. but lower court erred in holding Sibbach in contempt pursuant to FRCP 37. where substantial events giving rise to the claim occurred. Does it abridge.(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. but service of process was not effected until after the statute had run. FRCP 3 stated that a civil action is deemed commenced by filing a complaint. which is consistent with FRCP 35(a). Her right to privacy arose solely in connection with the conduct of litigation and is therefore more properly categorized as a procedural right. .S. The court did not examine Rule 3 under Sibbach and the express standards of the REA.FEDERAL PROCEDURE DERIVED FROM FRCP . Wilson denied liability and moved for an order requiring her to submit to a physical examination pursuant to FRCP 35 (a). and the plaintiff invoked diversity jurisdiction by filing the complaint in federal court within the state’s two-year statute of limitations. enlarge or modify any substantive right because the right to freedom from invasion is not a substantive right. 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. Plumer.: Sibbach was injured in an automobile accident in Indiana. Is the federal rule broad enough to cover the circumstances? 2. FRCP 35(a) must be applied. while Sibbach refused to comply because Illinois law refused to give state court judges the power to order physical examinations. Trilogy of Cases Ragan v.
and therefore commanded the enforcement of state law. FRCP 3 governs when a lawsuit commences.: Tennessee corporation sued a resident of Mississippi seeing a broker’s commission on real estate sold by the corporation on behalf of the resident. state law applies. Service was made on Plumer’s executor by leaving copies of the summons and complaint with the executor’s wife at his residence. district court denied the motion. Declared Erie irrelevant as a measure of validity. Service was not made until after 60-day period. but does not explicitly toll the statute of limitations. because the only right at issue is how service should be effected. Woods v. Walker argued that the nail was manufactured defectively. injured himself while pounding a nail manufactured by Armco into a cement wall.: Cohen filed a stockholder’s derivative action filed against Beneficial involving allegation of corporate mismanagement and fraud.Hannah was a response to the confusing trilogy of cases decided after Sibbach. The Court held that although Rule 23 did not require the plaintiff to post a bond. Beneficial Industrial Loan Corp. 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. Although Walker filed the complaint in a timely manner. or in the alternative. required in hand service. under Erie. Does not abridge. Hannah v. Reinterpreted the trilogy of cases as Erie had never been applied to void a Federal Rule. which governs timing requirements of Federal Rules. but rather that the scope of the Federal Rule was not as broad as the losing party urged. Walker v. enlarge or modify substantive right. While the suit was pending. Woods claimed that the contract was void because Interstate failed to register to do business within the state. Massachusetts law. Cohen v. Erie played a subtle influence as the Court held that the FRCP was not as broad as the Walker urged. even if service is made outside of statute of limitations. the court was obligated to follow state law. the Oklahoma statute of limitations deems an action commenced when service is commenced on the defendant. No direct conflict. which caused its head to shatter and strike him in the eye. Plumer(Part I): Hannah filed her complaint in the District Court of Massachusetts. a carpenter. petitioner has 60 days to serve defendant. Armco Steel: Walker. Beneficial filed a motion to require the plaintiff to post a security bond. on the other hand. claiming damages for personal injuries stemming from an car accident. 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. the “measure” of that cause must be governed by state tolling provision. in compliance with FRCP 4(d)(1).state law created the cause of action. Interstate Realty Co. Direct collision between federal and state law because Rule 4(d)(1) states that in-hand service is not required in federal courts. The accident occurred in South Carolina and was allegedly caused by the negligence of Plumer. which is procedural. . . The Court held that since Mississippi denied the corporation a remedy (substantive right) access to the federal court must be denied as well.
solely for the purposes of diversity of citizenship. (i. Derives from Article III’s power to create free-standing procedural common law where no constitutional. instead they were free to rely on the doctrine of laches (timing doctrine in equitable relief procedures). Davison-Paxon Co. Is it arguably procedural? 3. If so.formula which allowed strong federal policy to trump state rules. 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.. Created ByrdBalancing. forum non conveniens and res judicata). Blue Ridge argued that South Carolina law.e. Byrd v. or formal federal rule exists. pursuant to Adams v. which barred the suit. it did not arise as part of the integral relationship created by the statute. Since the statute of limitations would have barred recovery in state court. nor can it substantially affect the enforcement of the right as given by the State. Blue Ridge denied liability on the grounds that Byrd was a “statutory employee” whose recovery was limited to that provided by worker’s compensation. it cannot afford recovery if the right to recover is made unavailable by the State.Under this track. Track Three Analysis 1. as state courts were allowed to distribute functions of its judicial machinery (whether judge or jury decides certain questions) at its discretion. while working for an independent contractor. 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. Is there a potential conflict between judge-made rule & state rule? 2. a federal court cannot afford recovery. which did not bar the suit. . Created outcome determinative test. Erie plays a direct & significant role. Procedural Common law. the Court held that the decision defined the scope and method of judicial review. TRACK THREE-FEDERAL PROCEDURAL COMMON LAW.authority to create a nonconstitutional federal common law of procedure. 4. Refined Erie and established that federal courts must apply state law whenever application of federal law would alter the outcome of the case.III. is there a strong federal policy that outweighs the state interest at stake? Guaranty Trust v. Therefore. York: York filed suit against Guaranty Trust claiming breach of fiduciary duty for devaluing the notes that she held as a beneficiary. statutory. Blue Ridge. and sought equitable relief.WHERE NO RULE EXISTS . The Court held that where a federal court is adjudicating a state-created right.. Always triggers Track III analysis. In analyzing Adams. mandated that a judge determine whether a person was a statutory employee. 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. at a construction site in South Carolina. Lastly. Blue Ridge: Byrd lost both of his forearms.
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. State rules should be applied instead of federal standards where application of the federal rule is outcome determinative. but they lost some of them. The Court held that there is no need for a formal federal rule and to prevent forum shopping. which would lead to an inequitable administration of the law. which was codified by New York.with prejudice. The conflict was whether the judgement entered into by the California court had a claim-preclusive effect. Lockheed moved to dismiss on grounds that the claim was barred by California’s 2-year statute of limitations. Hannah v. .000 transparencies that depicted active war zones. etc. The court granted the motion to dismiss on the merits. 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. The Maryland state court dismissed on the ground of res judicata. it held that the same claim-preclusive rule (state rule) applied whether case had been ordered by a state or federal court. Abandons strict “outcome determinative” test of York.000 in compensatory damages. 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. Plumer (Part II): Purely Dictum. political leaders. 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. The Center conceded liability and the jury awarded a verdict of $450. The Center moved for a new trial under FRCP 59.Byrd Balancing. Semtek: Semtek filed a complaint against Lockheed alleging inducement of breach of contract. Gasperini: Gasperini was a journalist for CBS News and the Christian Science Monitor. 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). which had a 3-year statute of limitations. He agreed to let the Center for Humanities use some of his transparencies for a documentary. and he subsequently sued. unless there is a strong federal policy that favors the federal standard. and took over 5. as governed by the federal common law or the law of the state in which the federal court sits. who worked in Central America. which was reconcilable with the 7th Amendment’s mandate for a fair trial or a “deviates materially” standard.
Field Code sought to ensure that a litigant could obtain all of the relief to which she was entitled in a single lawsuit. .Legal claims/causes of action were divided into classes such as: (1) contracts. or transactions connected with the same subject of the action. Often construed narrowly and had the effect of only allowing mandatory joinder and excluding permissive joinder. .e. which permitted joinder of claims of the same transaction. and each claim had to affect all parties to the action. .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.Joinder is governed almost exclusively by statutes and rules. and litigants could not otherwise join claims that did not fall within the same form of action. New York abolished its court of equity and implemented the Field Code.Codes were only partially successful in liberalizing joinder of claims. . the civil action. thieving whore happened at the same time. but the mere fact that a federal rule authorizes the filing of a claim does not guarantee that the federal can hear it. and borrowed from equity. all contract claims. II. JOINDER OF CLAIMS . . an (4) actions arising from the same transaction.Borrowed from the common law. Lastly. . they constituted different transactions). as courts read the same transaction in a highly restrictive fashion (see Anderson v. which created one form of action to protect a citizen’s private rights. which permitted joinder of claims of the same type i.In 1846.The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) served to liberate the rules of joinder for both claims and parties. . 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). .By merging law and equity. OVERVIEW OF JOINDER . (3) injuries to property.JOINDER OF CLAIMS & PARTIES I. (2) injuries to person.Joinder is a means of allowing litigants to assert additional claims and bring in additional parties to the lawsuit.
FRCP 18(a). as it was based on the collective bargaining agreement signed before Strong’s accident.21 as Supplemental Sickness Benefit (SSB). if venue is based on 1391(a)(1) civil action founded solely on diversity is proper in any district where the defendant resides. if all of defendants reside in the same state. as independent or alternative claims.(permissive joinder of claims) plaintiff may join. Burlington moved to have the money Strong received as SSB. A counterclaim is compulsory when: 1. and even . and venue must be proper for each claim. Strong: Strong was injured in two separate accidents. The agreement stated that any SSB received by employees would not duplicate recovery of lost wages from a disability case. plaintiff may ask court to invoke discretionary doctrine of pendent venue. .Defendant must file compulsory counterclaim.Venue generally does not pose an obstacle to joinder of additional claims.If this happens. set against the judgement. Arises out of the same transaction or occurrence 3. -Counterclaims filed in response to plaintiff’s joinder of claims. Permissive Joinder . It exists at the time of the pleading (maturity) 2. but court must still have subject matter jurisdiction over the claim. if all of the defendants reside in the same state. as many claims. Strong appealed the judgement in Burlington’s favor on the grounds that it should have been barred by res judicata. as venue may be proper for one claim. venue is proper in a judicial district where any defendant resides. . B. However. which state venue is proper in a district where a substantial part of the events/omissions giving rise to the claim have occurred. Does not require adjudication over parties.FRCP provide complete and unrestricted joinder of claims between plaintiffs and defendants. and Burlington sued in a separate action to recover the money. (Look Up Pendent Venue). pursuant to the collective bargaining agreement his union had with Burlington Northern Railroad.000.678. which is permissible if the claims arise from a common nucleus of operative fact. as he/she has against a defendant.Plaintiff chose venue and has waived right to object to any claims that the defendant has asserted against her. and won $73. or 1391(b)(1) civil action not based solely on diversity. The trial court refused. Strong sued Burlington for personal injury tort damages. and received $11. . COUNTERCLAIMS FRCP 13(a).A. but not the other.Problems may arise when venue is based on 1391(a)(2) or 1391(b)(2). the court held that Burlington’s counterclaim did not arise out of the same transaction. . who the court does not have jurisdiction over Burlington Northern Railroad Co v.compulsory counterclaims.
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). Clayton-Parker and Associates. 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. 4. and the danger of prejudice to the opposing party. Hart alleged that ClaytonParker engaged in deceptive.: Hart was unable to pay her credit card bill from J. However. Claims the defendant did not possess at the time he answered the complaint and which matured or were acquired later. 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. 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. it had to be dismissed.Under 1367(a). 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. Thus. 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. Inc. .C. Penneys.if it did arise out of the same transaction. the extent of the delay. which was then assigned to Clayton-Parker for collection. Claims that require the presence of third parties over whom the court cannot acquire jurisdiction 3.C. Exceptions to Compulsory Counterclaim rule 1. evidence centering on improprieties and transgressions as defined by the FDCPA). it had to determine whether it was a compulsory or permissive counterclaim. or if justice so requires. 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). In order to determine whether the court had to determine whether it had subject matter over the counterclaim. 2. the counterclaim is usually barred under a theory of waiver or estoppel. . excusable neglect. Penney.If a party fails to assert a counterclaim. Hart v. Consequences for failing to asset a counterclaim. it was a permissive counterclaim of which the court did not have subject matter jurisdiction over and therefore. Excusable neglect is determined by the good faith of the claimant. courts are flexible and FRCP 13(f) allows the court the power to grant leave to file a counterclaim that was omitted through oversight. Clayton-Parker’s counterclaim alleged that she defaulted on her payments and owed an installment credit with J. inadvertence. Permissive counterclaims need an independent basis of jurisdiction to be joined. Applied rule for compulsory counterclaims (same transaction and maturity of claim).
. v. Ford believed that it was receiving false claims. (Rule determines forum shopping by the plaintiff in the second action). as it does not involve the circuity of action 13(a) was designed to prevent. Inc. except that the second suit contained a temporary restraining order against contacting customers. and inspecting repaired units. .Although FRCP 18(a) allows a plaintiff to join any claims she has against a defendant. and submit a Warranty Refund Claim to Ford. Semmes Motors. 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. and does not force her to file any claims unless the defendant has filed a counterclaim. filed a claim for an injunctive relief against Ford contacting its customers. but they did not file for interlocutory relief (prevent Ford from doing anything until matter was adjudicated). Ford terminated their franchise relationship with Semmes. Semmes. . under first-to-file rule. or the court may stay dismiss or transfer the action before it.If a plaintiff is forced to split his claims by law. which comprised of inspecting the dealership records. But.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. A party can attempt to litigate an omitted compulsory counterclaim by filing a second action while the first suit is still pending. the doctrine of res judicata can force a plaintiff to assert all of her claims at once. and informed Semmes that it was conducting an audit. 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. whereby a purchaser that finds a defect with the car can return the car to the dealer. Ford Motor Company: Ford devised a warranty claims scheme. who formed the Ford Dealers Alliance to combat abuse because of the franchise system. . -Exception to rule 13(a). absent the showing of balance of convenience in favor of the second action. contacting customers. The company then reimburses the dealer for the replacement part at cost plus a profit and for labor. 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 13(a) operates to force the defendant to file any counterclaims it has against the defendant. a defendant is not barred from asserting a compulsory counterclaim in the second proceeding as opposed to the first proceeding. court may enjoin the second action. which forces the party to assert the omitted counterclaim in the first suit. As Ford prepared to interview the customers who allegedly had warranty claims (because Semmes failed to file interlocutory appeal). Semmes informed Ford of its intent to file a second suit that was identical to the first. the first court has priority over a parallel lawsuit filed with the second court. who will repair it. and Semmes was granted leave to amend its second suit to include wrongful termination of their dealership. Established that even when the party filing the suit in the second action is the plaintiff rather than the defendant.
M. RMG filed a second suit seeking recovery of damage to its vessel. Berry. CROSSCLAIMS FRCP 13(g). which was carrying passengers as they prepared to scuba dive. The court held because Atlantis filed a cross-claim against RMG for breach of contract (substantive claim). Later. Rule 18(a).S. Established that co-parties become adversaries and are subject to 13(a) when one party files a cross-claim against the other. RMG filed a cross-claim against Atlantis seeking indemnity and denying any wrongdoing. 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). . and RMG was forced to file any compulsory counterclaims that it had against Atlantis. Atlantis filed a cross-claim against RMG and a third-party complaint against Haydu (breach of contract.S. an injured passenger aboard Haydu’s boat. However. the party can join with that cross-claim any other claims that she has against the opposing party. Carriers: Harrison. Rule only applies when initial cross-claim is a substantive claim (does not include claims for contribution or indemnity). Thus. claims in the second suit were barred. and there was no pleading filed against Harrison. they became adversaries.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.Court must still be able to assert subject matter jurisdiction over those claims.and passengers filed a suit against M. 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. Carriers.Once a party asserts a cross-claim against its co-party that arises out of the same transaction as the cause of action. Atlantis Submarines Hawaii: Rainbow Management Group (RMG) was under contract with Atlantis to transport passengers back and forth from Atlantis’ submarine. and loss of its use resulting from the collision.S. including those that are totally unrelated to the main actions or any counterclaims filed within the suit. RMG’s boat collided with Haydu’s boat.C. The court held that the passengers were allowed to file a cross claim against its co-plaintiff. While transporting passengers. Passengers moved to amend their complaint to name their co-plaintiff Harrison as well as his insurer Guaranty National Insurance as co-defendants. Harrison v. sued RMG and Atlantis. alleging that they negligently handled their boats. Rainbow Management Group v. Carriers for damages sustained after his car collided with tractor owned by M. and indemnity). Caveat.
Daimler Benz.Collusive Transfer. and (3) Daimler raised the objection once the trial was moved to federal court. without having to join the party for whose benefit the action is brought. purchased a Mercedes-Benz. Permissive Joinder of Parties . Daimler Benz moved for summary judgement on the basis since Metropolitan had paid the insurance proceeds. (2) Green could have been the real party in interest in Pennsylvania state court where the claim was originally filed. The car was insured under his own name with Metropolitan Insurance. JOINDER OF PARTIES A. The court noted that Pennsylvania law differed from federal law.Consider whether assignee lacked a prior interest in claim. allegedly because of defects. Green v. if the suit is not filed by the real party in interest. as federal law required the real party in interest to file the suit while Pennsylvania law had a similar rule. which shall have the same effect as if the action had been commenced in the name of the real party in interest. FRCP 17(a)(3). as (1) it was unclear who the real party in interest was. but did not enforce the rule where a subrogee is the real party in interest.FRCP 17(a). . and subsequently caught fire. there was not a reasonable time after rejection for ratification. and thus. administrators. . assignment occurred closed to the time the suit was commenced lack of meaningful consideration for assignment direct evidence of motive to create diversity jurisdiction .Every action shall be prosecuted in the name of the real party in interest. the court denied the motion for summary judgement.Courts have taken a similar where there have been assignments to defeat diversity jurisdiction.000 deductible.§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 .III. Further noting the amendment to FRCP 17(a). it was the real party in interest. who paid the insurance proceeds to Green minus the $1. AG: Green. Permissive Joinder of Parties by Plaintiffs Real party in Interest .Courts have the discretion to either allow substitution or dismiss the action. which he crashed into a snow bank.Executors. 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. guardians may bring suit in their own name. as President of Infants Children & Youth. assignment is between closely affiliated business entities.
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.FRCP 20(a)-1 Persons who may join or be joined-A. or over claims by persons proposed to be joined as plaintiffs under Rule 19 or seeking to intervene as plaintiffs under Rule 24. Established the contamination theory. who are joined pursuant to rule 20. Ex. which the court has original jurisdiction over. Where neither party satisfies AIC. Defendants Persons. class actions. severally or in the alternative with respect to arising out of the same transaction. seeking damages for emotional distress and medical expenses. and B. which defeats diversity jurisdiction. Rosario Ortega v. which is if additional parties are not completely diverse. alleging an intentional and systematic scheme by Exxon to overcharge them fuel purchased from Exxon. it does not matter that they do not satisfy the AIC. supplemental jurisdiction cannot be exercised. occurrence. as joinder under rule 20 is not prohibited by 1367(b). Her family joined in the suit. or in the alternative with respect to or arising out of the same transaction. and any question of law or fact common to all defendants will arise in the action. Contamination theory only applies to acts by plaintiffs. that they form the same case or controversy under Article III. Allapattah Services. and where one of the plaintiffs does not meet the AIC requirement.any claim founded solely only on 1332. then the addition of these parties contaminates the original claim. if there is a large class of defendants joined under rule 23. Inc. when exercising supplemental jurisdiction would be inconsistent with the jurisdictional requirements of section 1332 (complete diversity and amount in controversy). severally. or where complete diversity is not met then 1367(a) is not satisfied. if there are other jurisdictional defects.Federal courts have supplemental jurisdiction over all claims that are so related to claims. any question of law or fact common to all plaintiffs will arise in the action. However. district courts shall not have supplemental jurisdiction over claims by plaintiffs against persons made parties under Rule 14. v. or series of transactions or occurrences.may be joined in one action as defendants if (A) any right to relief is asserted against them jointly.:Exxon dealers filed a class-action suit against the Exxon Corporation. then the fact that one of the plaintiffs does not meet the AIC requirement does not prevent supplemental jurisdiction. 1367(b). The Court held that because the plaintiffs were joined pursuant to rule 20. 19. Persons may join in one action as plaintiffs if they assert any right to relief jointly. 20. 2. 1367(a). or 24. . Exxon Mobil Corp. Anomaly caused by multiple defendants: If there is a small class of defendants.
v. Special Note. impleader.Quantum’s counterclaims against Hartford are compulsory and although they are not diverse. Types of claims allowed by Rule 14(a): 1. and therefore 1367(b) does not bar Quantum’s counterclaim. the president of Steelograph as an additional defendant of the government’s counterclaim. as a third-party plaintiff.: A heat exchanger failed at Quantum. but court held that it had supplemental jurisdiction over the claim because although Property Insurers was joined pursuant to Rule 20. and with Property Insurers (covers damages from explosions but not accidents). Schoot sued the government to recover Internal Revenue taxes and interest that were allegedly erroneously assessed. which is satisfied. and used 13(h) to attach Vorbau.A defending party. FRCP 14. causing damage to the heat exchanger and some surrounding property. 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. Vorbau was subject to personal jurisdiction and therefore the counterclaim was proper. United States: Schoot and Vorbau were each assessed a 100% penalty for their failure to collect. Quantum Chemical Corp. Court still has supplemental jurisdiction (not an act done by the plaintiff). under the defendant’s counterclaim.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.not technically a defendant nor a plaintiff-when drawn visually in the middle. Quantum instituted action to try and get the case dismissed. Joinder pursuant to rule 20 is proper because (analyzing from the government’s perspective) Vorbau and Schoot had common issues of law or fact. The government counterclaimed against Schoot. If Joinder is proper under either of these rules.B. Quantum filed a counterclaim against Hartford pursuant to FRCP 13h and added Property Insurers as a third party defendant to its counterclaim. Quantum had insurance coverage with Hartford (covers damages from accident but not explosion). Hartford refused to arbitrate and instead sought declaratory judgement that Quantum’s losses were not covered under its policy. it is also necessary that the court be able to obtain personal jurisdiction over the new party. venue is proper in any district where the plaintiff resides. truthfully account for. Schoot v. FRCP 14(a). Venue was also proper because in suits against the government. and pa over withholding and Federal Insurance Contribution Act taxes that stemmed from Steelograph Business Interiors.indemnity claim against 3rd party defendant . Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co. the claim was made by Quantum a defendant. JOINDER OF PARTIES BY DEFENDANTS FRCP 13(h).permits a defendant who has filed a counterclaim or crossclaim against an existing party to join a new party to that claim. 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. Furthermore.
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 party asserting a claim. as many claims as it has against an opposing party. or third-party claim may join as independent or alternative claims. and pursuant to rule 14(b). P.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. Wallkill 5 Associates II v.claims by plaintiff against third-party defendant Use of 14(a) or (b) triggers compulsory counterclaim rule.counterclaims by third-party defendant against third-party plaintiff and cross claims by third-party defendant against co-party third-party defendant. They hired Tectonic to perform geotechnical tests on the property and to issue a formal geotechnical report. American Can filed a counterclaim alleging that Guaranteed Systems had been negligent in the performance of its construction work.2. FRCP 18(a).: S&S Associates. Tectonic Engineering.Would-be intervenor must establish . 14(a)(3). Governed by FRCP 24 FRCP 24(a) Intervention of Right. 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. and therefore permissible. 3. Poppe informed Wallkill that areas of the land were unsuitable for building due to the existence of unsuitable organic material. a stranger may be allowed to intervene in an action even over the opposition of the existing parties. Would have been permitted prior to 1367(b) because not seen as an end-run around standards of diversity. v. Poppe would be liable to it under a theory of indemnification. C.C.claims by third-party defendant against the original plaintiff 4.: Guaranteed Systems filed suit against American National Can for failure to pay for construction work on a facility. Wallkill purchased the property and hired Poppe to develop the vacant land and construct a warehouse. Guaranteed Systems was a defendant to American National Can’s counterclaim. particularly if the stranger has an interest that may be harmed if the suit were to proceed without them. 14(a)(2)(b) . 14(a)(2)(D). Guaranteed Systems Inc. On a timely motion. where if it were found liable. counterclaim. American National Can Co. Defending against American National Can’s counterclaim. Rule 14(a)(5). crossclaim. Wallkill sued Tectonic. who attempted to join Poppe as a party pursuant to FRCP 14. INTERVENTION BY ABSENTEES In certain situations.Fourth Party Impleader. the predecessor in interest to Wallkill Associates planned to buy property. Guaranteed Systems filed a third-party action against sub-contractor HydroVac alleging claims for indemnity and contribution. Relying on Tectonic’s reports.
(3) low threshold “may as a practical matter impair interest” means potential adverse judgement satisfies this test . American Honda Motor Co. The person is holding the property is the stakeholder. holding that its award to Boch of a prospective Honda dealership in Norwood. D. The Court held that: (1) the motion was filed in a timely manner since it was not contested. Since.may be granted when an applicant’s claim or defense and the main action have a question of law or fact in common. Clair International: American Honda sought declaratory judgement. Massachusetts did not violate Massachusetts General Law. and they do not have a “collision of interests” they should be joined as plaintiff-intervenor.(a) a timely motion has been filed. (2) there interest was direct. 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. . and (4) because the Town of East Hampton shares the same ultimate objective as The Group (validating the Superstore Law). 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. Though they sought to decide the same question of law or fact. 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. Great Atlantic &Pacific Tea Co v. which defeats the complete diversity requirement of 1332 and bars supplemental jurisdiction over the claim pursuant to 1367(b). (c) an impairment without intervention. (b) an interest relating to the property or transaction that is the subject matter of the action. The Group of South Fork sought to intervene pursuant to rule 24. There is a strong presumption that a government will adequately represent your interest if they coincide. v. 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. with the State of New York. the courts have to look beyond the pleadings and arrange the parties according to their sides in the dispute. The court held that in determining the alignment of the parties for jurisdictional purposes. 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. which is the single legal issue to be decided in the case. and (d) the movant’s interest is not adequately represented 24(b)(1)(A). Town of East Hampton: Town of East Hampton adopted and filed a zoning law.Court can permit anyone to intervene who is given a conditional right to intervene by a federal statute.Permissive Intervention. 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. 24(b)(1)(B). Boch’s interests are aligned with American Honda.
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.
defendant has the burden of persuasion. and admissions on file” designate specific facts showing that there is a genuine issue for trial. 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. Liberty Lobby asserted that there were numerous inaccuracies in the articles and the magazine relied on unreliable sources. together with the affidavits. who also has burden of persuasion must establish each and every element of her claim . . Inc. burden of production shifts for nonmovant to present evidence that is a genuine issue of material fact. In response. Because they merely pointed to their complaint. 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.: Anderson. Evidence does not have to be in a form that would be admissible at trial. if not contradicted. FRCP 56(e). and admissions on file. depositions. 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. which Liberty Lobby was required to prove. Liberty Lobby.Requires the nonmoving party to go beyond the pleadings and by her own affidavits or by the “depositions. Summary judgement burdens of production: Party moving (Movant) for summary judgement has the initial burden of identifying evidence that.no genuine issue as to any materail fact and that movement is entitled to a judgement as a matter of law. former occurring before trial and the latter after trial.3. would compel the jury to rule in his favor. which portrayed them as neo-Nazi. Anderson v. Then. FRCP 56(c). answers to interrogatories.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. the burden of persuasion rests with the plaintiff . answers to interrogatories. and racist. Anderson moved for summary judgement alleging that their publishment of the magazine did not constitute actual malice as a matter of law. Movant (party with burden of production for summary judgement). show that there is no genuine issue as to any material fact. published an article about Liberty Lobby. Liberty Lobby sued for libel. Summary Judgement FRCP 56.For counterclaims and most defenses.Summary judgment is proper if the pleadings. Established that . summary judgement should be granted for the defendant. .For claims set forth in the complaint. anti-Semitic. the publisher of the Investigator magazine.
However. novel legal issues). Judges must evaluate strength and persuasiveness of the competing evidence under the same burden of persuasion that would apply at trial. normally preponderance of the evidence). Zenith Radio Corp. . Case mirrors the evidentiary standard that would be employed at trial (Liberty Lobby-clear and convincing standard. the plaintiffs had no direct evidence that the defendant’s pricing policy was aimed at driving them out of the market.Standard employed in ruling on summary judgement motions differs in two aspects: 1. which she claimed demonstrated that there was a genuine issue of material fact. then nonmovant must come forward with more persuasive evidence to support their claim. The Court granted summary judgement. television manufacturers against Japanese companies that produced and sold television sets. Catrett then produced three documents. 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. .S. where state of mind is hard to determine. Established that summary judgement may be used in complex cases. this is rare. Celotex moved for summary judgement claiming that Catrett failed to produce evidence that any Celotex product was the proximate cause of the injuries. Amount of evidence needed to survive a motion for summary judgement depends on the evidence presented by the movant. as the documents tended to show that Catrett had been exposed to Celotex’s asbestos products while in Chicago. Judicial exceptions: Even if summary judgement is otherwise warranted. The Court held that this standard was inconsistent with FRCP 56(a) and (b).S. The case was remanded because Celotex’s motion for summary judgement was not defective. holding that the plaintiffs failed to present “sufficiently unambiguous” evidence that supported their claim.not a genuine issue of material fact. 2. market by setting artificially low prices on televisions sold in the United States. sales. 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. Complaint alleged that the Japanese defendants had engaged in a 30-year conspiracy to drive plaintiffs from the U.S.standard for defeating summary judgement motion is as strict as motion for directed verdict.If the factual context renders a claim implausible (Zenith’s argument made economical sense).e. Defendants moved for summary judgement.: Antitrust suit brought by U. citing evidence that their pricing policy stemmed from the lawful goal of increasing U. Celotex argued that this evidence was inadmissible. which state that the moving party can move for summary judgement with or without supporting affidavits. Celotex: Catrett alleged that her husband died because of exposure to products containing asbestos manufactured or distributed by 15 named corporations. Matsushita Electic Industrial Co v. However. 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.
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. Copyright office in 1964. .Cross-motions for summary judgement can also apply to different issues (i. interpreted Celotex as holding that a party for summary judgement merely can point out a lack of evidence. Exempt from 56(e)’s prohibition against using own pleadings because these have the legal equivalence of an affidavit. Tuff N Rumble Managment Inc. Atlantic Richfield Co. Jones claims a 50% ownership interest in the song pursuant to the power of attorney that Johnson granted him in 1992.” as evidenced by the copyright they filed with the U. submitting affirmative evidence that negates essential element of nonmoving party’s claim. -Courts allow plaintiffs to move for partial summary judgement (no genuine issue of fact as to part of the issue). Thus.. and plaintiff files for summary judgement based on the merits of claim).e. answer) whose contents were sworn to be true under penalty of perjury can be used to refute a motion for summary judgement. He failed to respond.Movant party without burden of persuasion at trial can satisfy 56(c) burden of production by : 1. but disagree as to their legal consequences (i. demonstrate to the Court that the nonmoving party’s evidence is insufficient to establish an essential element of the nonmoving party’s claim. Verified pleadings-pleading (complaint. California. Johnson and Quezergue sent Jones a Request for Admissions asking him to admit or deny that he had a written assignment regarding ownership interest. Summary Judgement for Plaintiff Plaintiff must prove that there is no genuine issue of fact with respect to every element of claim. 36(b) states that any matter admitted is conclusively established unless the court on motion permits withdrawal or amendment of the admission. 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. 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).: Johnson and Quezergue claim that they are sole composers and copyright owners of the song “It Ain’t My Fault.parties agree as to critical underlying facts. as co-owners (claimed ownership by written agreement). in Aguilar v. .e. . or 2. suits challenging constitutionality of gov’t action). Johnson v. FRCP 36(a) states that a party served with requests for admissions must respond within 30 days or the matter is deemed admitted.Cross-motions for summary judgement.S. 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.
Restatement analyzes two factors: 1. on their own initiative. (can occur when a party moves for summary judgement.Whether claims are deemed the same depends on how broadly they are defined. and there is not a genuine issue of fact as to whether he owns a copyright interest in the song. as long as losing party was on notice that she had to come forward with all of her evidence. Same claim . redress the same wrong c. arise out of the same occurrence b. Same Claim 2. -Federal courts possess the power to enter summary judgement sua sponte.e. Transactional approach (federal model): claim defined as a group of operative facts giving rise to one or more rights of action. but the court decides that summary judgement should be rendered against rather than for the movant). space. injury to property). Judgement must be final. 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). personal injury.it is admitted that Jones does not have a valid written assignment to establish an ownership interest in the song. relation of facts in time. freedom to enter contracts. valid. origin or motivation: a. and on the merits 3. Primary Rights theory (California): basic rights and duties imposed on individuals by the substantive law (i. do they rest on same factual basis 2. To determine whether two claims are the same. Claim Preclusion 1. whether the facts underlying the claims form a convenient trial unit (require substantially same evidence) 3. . 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. and collateral estoppel/issue preclusion (extent to which discrete issues decided in a prior suit may be binding in subsequent litigation involving different claims). First & Second proceedings must involve the same parties or those in privity with them.
California passed Prop. which limited state court’s power to order mandatory pupil reassignment unless it violated Constitution (de jure segregation only). so sought recovery from the underinsured motorist coverage of his policy. and under that model the two cases involve the same claim because the first proceeding involved allegations of de jure segregation (Cal. intentional infliction of emotional distress. holding that only de facto segregation was found in the previous preceding. Los Angeles Branch NAACP v. I. The court held that Porn’s claims in the second action were related in time. NAACP filed present case while Crawford was still pending in Superior Court. res judicata claim preclusion does not bar plaintiffs from litigating matters that were .: Porn was involved in an accident in Maine when another motorist sped through a stop sign and broadsided his vehicle. I. holding that the Crawford court found de jure segregation. Scope of claim preclusion normally encompasses the time from the alleged injury until the start of trial. if they refused to pay. and rest on similar factual basis (the accident).Porn v. The district court found de facto (as a matter of fact-not intentional) and de jure (intentional) segregation. unless otherwise stipulated by the parties. National Grange refused to pay. California Court of Appeal reversed and vacated the 1980 segregation order. and sought to redress the same basic wrong. Supreme Court just chose not to rely on it). meets parties expectations because he knew the facts necessary for bringing a bad faith claim as he threatened National Grange with the claim. and he filed suit. as segregation whether de facto or de jure has the same effect. In a case involving a continuing or recurrent wrong (nuisance). However. The parties stipulated that the court could consider activities from 1963-1969. 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. space origin or motivation because they arose out of the same occurrence: National Grange’s refusal to pay the claim. LAUSD: Crawford litigation (1st proceeding) began in 1963 on behalf of black high school students seeking to desegregate a high school in Los Angeles. would use much of the same evidence to prove bad-faith claim and therefore would have formed convenient trial unit. Equitable exception may exist in cases of unusual hardship. California follows the primary rights model. The trial court rejected LAUSD’s voluntary desegregation plan. but that doesn’t apply here (not endorsed by Supreme Court but followed by lower federal courts). He prevailed in the 1st action and was awarded damages. Trial court denied motion by school district to halt mandatory pupil reassignment pursuant to Prop. Events occurring after commencement of litigation normally give rise to a separate claim. and ordered a mandatory pupil reassignment. National Grange Mutual Insurance Co. His damages exceeded the other motorist’s policy limit. and they both involve the same primary right: right to an equal opportunity education. Porn instituted second action alleging that National Grange’s conduct in handling his underinsured motorist claim constituted breach of the covenant of good faith. Porn appeals District Court’s grant of motion for summary judgement. plaintiff is given the option of suing once for the total harm (past and prospective). or suing from time to time for the damages incurred up to the date of the suit.
and claim preclusion only applies to these dates. 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 . alleging that they had violated the Sherman Antitrust Act by agreeing to fix the retail price of women’s clothing sold in Northern California. as they argued the same claims. The 9th Circuit remanded the other 5 cases to the District court for a ruling not inconsistent with the Supreme Court ruling. However. . and by Brown in federal court. There is not an equitable exception to the doctrine of res judicata.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). Scope of litigation was from 1963-1970. 5 of the 7 plaintiffs appealed. a decision entering an injunction is final even though the court retains supervisory authority over the enjoined party. but artfully couched them in state law. . or under two legal theories. they are barred by the previous judgement. Established that.Finality is not altered by the availability of an appeal or by the ability to file a motion to reconsider or vacate the judgement.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. The second action was removed to federal court. the Supreme Court held in a separate suit that retail purchasers can suffer injury to business or property under the Antitrust Act. Moitie: United States brought an antitrust action against Federated Department stores. the Supreme Court ruled that the res judicata effect of a final. different primary rights aren’t involved just because relief may be granted under federal or state law. as to Brown and Moitie. 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.within the scope of the claim litigated in first proceeding. Because they didn’t appeal. Second court must apply the law of preclusion that would be applied by the 1st court.application of claim and issue preclusion across jurisdictional lines. excluding Moitie and Brown.However. Several parallel civil actions were filed by plaintiffs including one by Moitie in state court. Intersystem Preclusion. . as adjudication is complete. Trial court’s decision is the final decision until reversed on appeal. The case was barred by res judicata. who instead refiled their actions in state court. Federated Department Stores v. They appealed. and while the case was pending. The actions were removed to federal court and were dismissed because the plaintiffs failed to show an injury to their business. under primary rights theory. .
Statute of limitations: Dismissal in one state for failure to satisfy statute of limitations in one state.A judgement is deemed valid if the defendant had proper notice. (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 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. when by statute or rule of court the judgement does not operate as a bar to another action on the same claim. 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. A party is defined as a person who is named as a party to an action and subjected to the jurisdiction of the court.California. or nonjoinder/misjoinder of parties 2. However. if personal jurisdiction was satisfied and if the rendering court had subject matter jurisdiction over the controversy. is on the merits in State A. Not on the merits: 1. then it is on the merits.All judgements for plaintiff are on the merits (includes default judgement). 3. when plaintiff agrees or elects to nonsuit (voluntary dismissal) without prejudice or the court dismisses without prejudice. and will have preclusive effect. 4. 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. . Dismissal for lack of jurisdiction. . . if that state has a longer statute of limitations period. improper venue. and does not bar claim from being filed in another state. . if both states have the same statute of limitations then 1st judgement is on the merits for both states.A decision is not final for purposes of preclusion until the completion of the appellate process.Defendant-if judgement is entered in favor of a defendant after trial on plaintiff’s substantive claims.
Sturgell. 2. or reverse-representational relationship-similar facts to Taylor. . or gov’t represents nonparty’s interests).e. Pre-existing substantive legal relationship 3. executor of estate is not barred for bringing the same claim as an individual). Representational relationships: The interests of a nonparty are represented by a party to the action (i. 1.Exceptions -Party who is named in one legal capacity will not be subject to claim preclusion as to other legal capacities.e. are deemed in privity with their predecessors in title for purposes of claim and issue preclusion.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. she will not be bound by the decision despite her technical presence in the suit.Privity. Adequate representation. b.Parties who were not adversaries are not bound (benefited) by every claim decided in an action (i. unless the substance of the initial case included those other capacities (i. Sturgell) 1.e.flows from an examination of the relationship between the party and nonparty. etc. trustee represents the interests of a trust beneficiary.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. Owners of successive interests in real/personal property: A conveyance of property carries the benefits and burdens of the owner’s title. c. 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. 2. waiver. bailor/ bailee). .determining factor (actual control of 1st proceeding or adequate representation). codefendants may not use claim preclusion against one another unless they were adversaries on that claim by virtue of cross-claim). interests of party and nonparty are aligned. Privity exceptions exist.a. either party understood herself to be acting in a representative capacity or court took care to protect interests of nonparty. and whether their interests were sufficiently aligned. . executors. Also. Claim preclusion is a concept of underlying property law. (sometimes) requires notice of original suit to parties alleged to have been represented. . Exceptions to general principle (outlined in Taylor v. individuals who succeed one another as trustees.If a party’s incapacity undermines the integrity of the adversarial process.e.Vicarious liability.. Virtual representation theory rejected by Taylor v. 3.
Herrick did not understand himself to be suing on Taylor’s behalf. Taylor then filed a lawsuit arguing the same claims. 5. Ginsburg recategorized the three examples of privity into six exceptions.e. Taylor did not assume control of Herrick’s litigation. 4. Requires: 1. 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. Same issue involved in both actions 2. 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. bankruptcy and probate proceedings). Issue was decided and necessary to a valid judgement in the 1st action. Taylor’s friend. Both actions involve the same parties or those in privity with them. when the company only claimed status after Herrick initiated the request. in order to determine whether Taylor was in privity with Herrick.4. Assumed Control.statutory scheme forecloses successive litigation by nonlitigants (i. and the court granted FAA’s summary judgement motion. nor did court take care to protect nonparty’s interest FOIA claim grants relief to private party. Proxy. they were not in a pre-existing legal relationship. but noted that Herrick failed to challenge whether trade-secret status could be restored to documents that had lost protection. FAA refused because it held that activities were subject to trade secrets. Issue was actually litigated in the first action 3. 10th Circuit appealed.nonparty is bound by a judgement if she assumed control over the litigation in which that judgement was rendered. and whether tradesecret status was regained. He did not agree to be bound by the prior decision.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). previously sought to obtain the same records in order to help him restore his historic F-45 airplane to its original condition. 6. Taylor may not have been aware of Herrick’s suit. Sunnen: Sunnen granted a corporation the right to market his inventions in exchange for royalties. the proxy relationship can be established if he is acting as Herrick’s undisclosed agent (used same lawyer). Herrick. Sturgell: Taylor filed suit under the Freedom of Information Act (FIA) seeking to obtain documents from the FAA. Taylor v. He entered two essentially identical contracts with the . Commissioner of Internal Revenue v. which was challenged on the basis or res judicata. Special statutory scheme. 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. and no special statutory scheme that bars litigation by nonparties.
Lumpkin refiled state FEHA claim against Jordan. Lumpkin then made comments regarding homosexuality “man who sleeps with a man should be put to death. The IRS disputed the validity of the assignments involving the 1929-31 tax years under the 1928 agreement. and is between the same parties. In between the two proceedings. it is barred by collateral estoppel. Lumpkin brought suit in state court. 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. the IRS Commissioner challenged the assignments for the 1937 tax year under the 1928 agreement. Jordan: Lumpkin was a Baptist minister. whether Lumpkin was dismissed for legitimate. alleging that he was terminated based solely on his religious beliefs. Because this issue was actually litigated in the first proceeding. The 1928 contract involves a change in legal landscape because of the Helvering case. The tax court held that the assignment was properly reported under the 1928 agreement.Issue preclusion only applies to issues that were actually litigated in the 1st proceeding. The court granted summary judgement to Mayor Jordan for all claims except the California FEHA. they both turn on the same substantive issue. The court held that although the federal anti-discrimination claims (1st proceeding) and FEHA are substantively different. mixed questions of law and fact (A negligently caused an accident on Mulberry Street). who was appointed to serve as a member of the City of San Francisco’s Human Rights Commission. There was a public outcry for Lumpkin’s removal from the commission. it is not barred by collateral estoppel. and therefore is not barred by collateral estoppel. 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. Issue preclusion applies to pure questions of fact (whether A was present at Mulberry Street on a certain date). and for the 1938-1941 tax years under the 1929 agreement. nondiscriminatory reason. imposed tax liability on transferors who had assigned or transferred various forms of income to others within their family groups.” Mayor Jordan removed Lumpkin from the commission on the theory that he did not condone Lumpkin enciting violence. the case was removed to federal court. Actually litigated . which it declined to exercise jurisdiction over. and although it is virtually identical to the 1928 assignment. .corporation in 1928 and 1929. Lumpkin v. 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. in Helvering. Lumpkin made derogatory comments about homosexuality and its consequences. the Supreme Court. The validity of the royalty assignments under the 1929 contract were not litigated in the first proceeding. who reported the income on her separate tax returns. and assigned his rights to the royalties under both contracts to his wife.
confession. 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. directed verdicts). -Necessary requirement stems from concern that the gratuitous resolution of an issue may not have been given the full judicial attention it deserved.Actual litigation can occur at the trial itself. issue of comparative negligence was not decided to apportion liability. it must be properly raised.For an issue to be actually litigated. Outten was charged with inattentive driving. 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). . 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. 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. and have no effect on the judgement entered.e. motions to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction. Even if an issue is decided and necessary to the judgement. 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. . -Necessary-Resolution was essential to that judgement (i. Cunningham sued and tried to use collateral estoppel to establish that Outten was negligent. Furthermore. proximate cause) was not before the 1st proceeding.no issues are actually litigated when a judgement is entered by default. Cunningham v. 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. and the issue of causation (cause in fact. or due to failure to prosecute.Majority of jurisdictions. formally contested between the parties. or stipulation. when a jury renders a general verdict.e. . or if as a matter of law party against whom issue preclusion is being asserted could not have appealed the initial judgement.However. failure to state a claim. venue. . and submitted to the court for determination. these findings are not necessary to the judgement for dismissal. Outten: Cunningham was hit by car driven by Outten. Second court may examine pleadings to determine what issues were actually litigated or use extrinsic evidence (testimony from lawyers).An issue is not actually litigated if it is admitted by the opposing party or if it is simply not contested at all. . summary judgement. or through a variety of pre-and post-trial motions (i..
either of which standing independently would be sufficient to support the result. Although the decision in the first proceeding was reached on alternative grounds. and Cook qualified as the executor. The court held that damages resulted from an act of God (force majeure). After Cook resigned as executor. One who controls a prior litigation or substantially participates in it although not technically a party or in privity with a named party. filed an objection to the account. They alleged that the flooding was caused by the State’s negligence in designing and constructing the bridge. Bank of America National Trust: Sather authorized the Cooks to make drafts against her commercial account at the First National Bank of San Dimas. which did not mention the money transferred by Sather to the San Dimas bank.If a judgement is based on determinations of two issues. A person not bound by a previously decided issue can use issue preclusion to prevent relitigation of that issue in a subsequent case. and it was specifically addressed by the judge in the 1st proceeding. The probate court declared that Sather had made a valid gift to Cook during her lifetime. Distinction: Mutuality is no longer the rule in issue preclusion. Bernhard v. and filed lawsuit against Bank of America. Alternative Grounds. 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. and the state was not negligent in its design (decision to use single culvert vs. which included Bernhard. Her beneficiares. Named Parties 2. the court held that collateral estoppel applied because the issue had been specifically alleged. decision by a small claims court cannot have preclusive effect. He filed an account at the probate court. it can assert collateral estoppel against Bernhard. State of New York: Aldrich sought personal injury and property damages stemming from the flooding of Six Mile Creek. Sather died in 1933. 1. but since their is no requirement of mutuality. Therefore not necessary. Checks were drawn upon the account to meet her various expenses. which was adjacent to their land. Cook then withdrew the entire balance and deposited it in his bank account. Representational relationship 3. Aldrich v. twin culvert). Same Parties or those in Privity Generally the rules that govern parties and parties in privity for claim preclusion also apply in issue preclusion.Eg. the judgement is not conclusive with respect to either issue standing alone. Aldrich brought another action alleging that the state was negligent. After the Creek flooded again. who was a party in the 1st . Bank of America was not a party to the first suit and neither was the San Dimas Bank. New York argued that this issue should be barred because of collateral estoppel. Bernhard became the executor.
defendant had every incentive to defend allegations vigorously because of the foreseeability of subsequent private suits. 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. 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. second action affords procedural opportunities unavailable in the 1st action that could cause a different result). the court in the 1st proceeding found that the proxy statement was materially false and misleading and entered a declaratory judgement to that effect. 7th Amendment right to a jury trial is not an exception to collateral estoppel. 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. After a 4-day trial.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. alleging that its officers had issued a false and misleading proxy statement in connection with a merger. 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. offensive collateral estoppel should be barred. -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 then moved for partial summary judgement against Parklane based on collateral estoppel. the SEC filed suit against the same defendants in federal court alleging the same issue.proceeding (as an executor she is in privity with beneficiaries who argued the case in the first proceeding-proxy). Analysis: Where plaintiff could have easily joined in the earlier action. . if inconsistent with one or more previous decisions in favor of defendant. and the second court can give greater issue preclusive effect that the first court. . Before the action came to trial. Parklane Hosiery v. Shore: Shore brought stockholder’s class action against Parklane. Court has wide discretion when it should be allowed.
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