Civil Procedure Finals Supplement

United States Constitution AMENDMENT XIV
SECTION 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. SECTION 2. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several states according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each state, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the executive and judicial officers of a state, or the members of the legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such state, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such state. SECTION 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability. SECTION 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any state shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void. SECTION 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

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Article III of the Constitution
SECTION 1. The judicial power of the United States, shall be vested in one Supreme Court, and in such inferior courts as the Congress may from time to time ordain and establish. The judges, both of the supreme and inferior courts, shall hold their offices during good behaviour, and shall, at stated times, receive for their services, a compensation, which shall not be diminished during their continuance in office. SECTION 2. The judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution, the laws of the United States, and treaties made, or which shall be made, under their authority;--to all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls;--to all cases of admiralty and maritime jurisdiction;--to controversies to which the United States shall be a party;--to controversies between two or more states;--between a state and citizens of another state;--between citizens of different states;-between citizens of the same state claiming lands under grants of different states, and between a state, or the citizens thereof, and foreign states, citizens or subjects. In all cases affecting ambassadors, other public ministers and consuls, and those in which a state shall be party, the Supreme Court shall have original jurisdiction. In all the other cases before mentioned, the Supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction, both as to law and fact, with such exceptions, and under such regulations as the Congress shall make. The trial of all crimes, except in cases of impeachment, shall be by jury; and such trial shall be held in the state where the said crimes shall have been committed; but when not committed within any state, the trial shall be at such place or places as the Congress may by law have directed.

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Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
Rule 4. Summons
(a) Contents; Amendments. (1) Contents. A summons must: (A) name the court and the parties; (B) be directed to the defendant; (C) state the name and address of the plaintiff's attorney or--if unrepresented--of the plaintiff; (D) state the time within which the defendant must appear and defend; (E) notify the defendant that a failure to appear and defend will result in a default judgment against the defendant for the relief demanded in the complaint; (F) be signed by the clerk; and (G) bear the court's seal. (2) Amendments. The court may permit a summons to be amended. (b) Issuance. On or after filing the complaint, the plaintiff may present a summons to the clerk for signature and seal. If the summons is properly completed, the clerk must sign, seal, and issue it to the plaintiff for service on the defendant. A summons--or a copy of a summons that is addressed to multiple defendants--must be issued for each defendant to be served. (c) Service. (1) In General. A summons must be served with a copy of the complaint. The plaintiff is responsible for having the summons and complaint served within the time allowed by Rule 4(m) and must furnish the necessary copies to the person who makes service. (2) By Whom. Any person who is at least 18 years old and not a party may serve a summons and complaint. (3) By a Marshal or Someone Specially Appointed. At the plaintiff's request, the court may order that service be made by a United States marshal or deputy marshal or by a person specially appointed by the court. The court must so order if the plaintiff is authorized to proceed in forma pauperis under 28 U.S.C. § 1915 or as a seaman under 28 U.S.C. § 1916. (d) Waiving Service. (1) Requesting a Waiver. An individual, corporation, or association that is subject to service under Rule 4(e), (f), or (h) has a duty to avoid unnecessary expenses of serving the summons. The plaintiff may notify such a defendant that an action has been commenced and request that the defendant waive service of a summons. The notice and request must: (A) be in writing and be addressed: (i) to the individual defendant; or (ii) for a defendant subject to service under Rule 4(h), to an officer, a managing or general agent, or any other agent authorized by appointment or by law to receive service of process; (B) name the court where the complaint was filed; 3

and (B) the reasonable expenses. of the consequences of waiving and not waiving service. including attorney's fees. (B) leaving a copy of each at the individual's dwelling or usual place of abode with someone of suitable age and discretion who resides there. or a person whose waiver has been filed--may be served at a place not within any judicial district of the United States: (1) by any internationally agreed means of service that is reasonably calculated to give notice. (2) Failure to Waive. an individual-other than a minor. and a prepaid means for returning the form. such as those authorized by the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents. without good cause. an incompetent person. or a person whose waiver has been filed--may be served in a judicial district of the United States by: (1) following state law for serving a summons in an action brought in courts of general jurisdiction in the state where the district court is located or where service is made. A defendant who. (F) give the defendant a reasonable time of at least 30 days after the request was sent--or at least 60 days if sent to the defendant outside any judicial district of the United States-to return the waiver. two copies of a waiver form. to sign and return a waiver requested by a plaintiff located within the United States. Unless federal law provides otherwise. (D) inform the defendant. (2) if there is no internationally agreed means. (4) Results of Filing a Waiver. (e) Serving an Individual Within a Judicial District of the United States. (f) Serving an Individual in a Foreign Country. Unless federal law provides otherwise. or if an international agreement allows but does not specify other means. or (2) doing any of the following: (A) delivering a copy of the summons and of the complaint to the individual personally. an individual--other than a minor. or (C) delivering a copy of each to an agent authorized by appointment or by law to receive service of process. timely returns a waiver need not serve an answer to the complaint until 60 days after the request was sent--or until 90 days after it was sent to the defendant outside any judicial district of the United States.(C) be accompanied by a copy of the complaint. before being served with process. of any motion required to collect those service expenses. (3) Time to Answer After a Waiver. proof of service is not required and these rules apply as if a summons and complaint had been served at the time of filing the waiver. (5) Jurisdiction and Venue Not Waived. by a method that is reasonably calculated to give notice: (A) as prescribed by the foreign country's law for service in that country in an action in its courts of general jurisdiction. When the plaintiff files a waiver. If a defendant located within the United States fails. (E) state the date when the request is sent. an incompetent person. and (G) be sent by first-class mail or other reliable means. the court must impose on the defendant: (A) the expenses later incurred in making service. using text prescribed in Form 5. 4 . Waiving service of a summons does not waive any objection to personal jurisdiction or to venue.

a managing or general agent. or Association. D. a party must serve the United States and also send a copy of the summons and of the complaint by registered or certified mail to the agency. (1) United States. A minor or an incompetent person in a judicial district of the United States must be served by following state law for serving a summons or like process on such a defendant in an action brought in the courts of general jurisdiction of the state where service is made. a party must: (A)(i) deliver a copy of the summons and of the complaint to the United States attorney for the district where the action is brought--or to an assistant United States attorney or clerical employee whom the United States attorney designates in a writing filed with the court clerk--or (ii) send a copy of each by registered or certified mail to the civil-process clerk at the United States attorney's office. or (g). To serve a United States agency or corporation. or Employees. or a partnership or other unincorporated association that is subject to suit under a common name. or (C) unless prohibited by the foreign country's law. or (ii) using any form of mail that the clerk addresses and sends to the individual and that requires a signed receipt. or (B) by delivering a copy of the summons and of the complaint to an officer. (f). Partnership. must be served: (1) in a judicial district of the United States: (A) in the manner prescribed by Rule 4(e)(1) for serving an individual. To serve a United States officer or employee sued in an individual capacity for an act or omission occurring in connection with duties performed on the United States' behalf (whether or not the officer or employee is also sued in an official capacity). or employee. officer. corporation. (2) Agency. (3) Officer or Employee Sued Individually. To serve the United States. (h) Serving a Corporation. send a copy of each by registered or certified mail to the agency or officer. or (3) by other means not prohibited by international agreement.C. A minor or an incompetent person who is not within any judicial district of the United States must be served in the manner prescribed by Rule 4(f)(2)(A). (g) Serving a Minor or an Incompetent Person. or (f)(3). (B) send a copy of each by registered or certified mail to the Attorney General of the United States at Washington. Officer or Employee Sued in an Official Capacity. and (C) if the action challenges an order of a nonparty agency or officer of the United States. a party must serve the United States and also serve the officer or employee under Rule 4(e). Corporations. a domestic or foreign corporation. Officers. (f)(2)(B). by: (i) delivering a copy of the summons and of the complaint to the individual personally. 5 .. (i) Serving the United States and Its Agencies. as the court orders.(B) as the foreign authority directs in response to a letter rogatory or letter of request. except personal delivery under (f)(2)(C)(i). Unless federal law provides otherwise or the defendant's waiver has been filed. or a United States officer or employee sued only in an official capacity. Corporation. in any manner prescribed by Rule 4(f) for serving an individual. or any other agent authorized by appointment or by law to receive service of process and--if the agent is one authorized by statute and the statute so requires--by also mailing a copy of each to the defendant. or (2) at a place not within any judicial district of the United States.

The court must allow a party a reasonable time to cure its failure to: (A) serve a person required to be served under Rule 4(i)(2). as provided in the applicable treaty or convention. Failure to prove service does not affect the validity of service. (1) In General. (m) Time Limit for Service. or by other evidence satisfying the court that the summons and complaint were delivered to the addressee. or (B) serve the United States under Rule 4(i)(3). if the party has served either the United States attorney or the Attorney General of the United States. or (C) when authorized by a federal statute.C. serving a summons or filing a waiver of service establishes personal jurisdiction over a defendant if: (A) the defendant is not subject to jurisdiction in any state's courts of general jurisdiction. Serving a summons or filing a waiver of service establishes personal jurisdiction over a defendant: (A) who is subject to the jurisdiction of a court of general jurisdiction in the state where the district court is located. A foreign state or its political subdivision. and (B) exercising jurisdiction is consistent with the United States Constitution and laws. (2) State or Local Government. or Local Government. if the party has served the United States officer or employee. or instrumentality must be served in accordance with 28 U. a municipal corporation. For a claim that arises under federal law. (1) Foreign State. Except for service by a United States marshal or deputy marshal. the court--on motion or on its own after notice to the plaintiff--must dismiss the action without prejudice 6 . or (B) serving a copy of each in the manner prescribed by that state's law for serving a summons or like process on such a defendant. agency. by a receipt signed by the addressee. The court may permit proof of service to be amended. proof must be by the server's affidavit.(4) Extending Time. (2) Service Outside the United States. Service not within any judicial district of the United States must be proved as follows: (A) if made under Rule 4(f)(1). (l) Proving Service. (3) Validity of Service. If a defendant is not served within 120 days after the complaint is filed. Unless service is waived.S. State. (2) Federal Claim Outside State-Court Jurisdiction. or (B) if made under Rule 4(f)(2) or (f)(3). (B) who is a party joined under Rule 14 or 19 and is served within a judicial district of the United States and not more than 100 miles from where the summons was issued. (j) Serving a Foreign. (1) Affidavit Required. or any other state-created governmental organization that is subject to suit must be served by: (A) delivering a copy of the summons and of the complaint to its chief executive officer. § 1608. (k) Territorial Limits of Effective Service. proof of service must be made to the court. Amending Proof. A state.

But if the plaintiff shows good cause for the failure. Notice to claimants of the property must be given as provided in the statute or by serving a summons under this rule.against that defendant or order that service be made within a specified time. The court may assert jurisdiction over property if authorized by a federal statute. 7 . Jurisdiction is acquired by seizing the assets under the circumstances and in the manner provided by state law in that district. the court may assert jurisdiction over the defendant's assets found in the district. On a showing that personal jurisdiction over a defendant cannot be obtained in the district where the action is brought by reasonable efforts to serve a summons under this rule. (n) Asserting Jurisdiction over Property or Assets. (1) Federal Law. the court must extend the time for service for an appropriate period. This subdivision (m) does not apply to service in a foreign country under Rule 4(f) or 4(j)(1). (2) State Law.

Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings. counterclaim. (1) In General. the time for serving a responsive pleading is as follows: (A) A defendant must serve an answer: (i) within 21 days after being served with the summons and complaint. Pretrial Hearing (a) Time to Serve a Responsive Pleading. (4) Effect of a Motion. Unless another time is specified by this rule or a federal statute. (2) United States and Its Agencies. Defenses and Objections: When and How Presented. Waiving Defenses. (3) United States Officers or Employees Sued in an Individual Capacity. or (ii) if it has timely waived service under Rule 4(d). But a party may assert the following defenses by motion: (1) lack of subject-matter jurisdiction. or crossclaim within 60 days after service on the officer or employee or service on the United States attorney. or Employees Sued in an Official Capacity. or crossclaim within 60 days after service on the United States attorney. (2) lack of personal jurisdiction. (6) failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. whichever is later. The United States. or within 90 days after it was sent to the defendant outside any judicial district of the United States. a United States agency. Unless the court sets a different time. 8 . serving a motion under this rule alters these periods as follows: (A) if the court denies the motion or postpones its disposition until trial. or a United States officer or employee sued only in an official capacity must serve an answer to a complaint. or (B) if the court grants a motion for a more definite statement. (4) insufficient process. A United States officer or employee sued in an individual capacity for an act or omission occurring in connection with duties performed on the United States' behalf must serve an answer to a complaint. the responsive pleading must be served within 14 days after the more definite statement is served. No defense or objection is waived by joining it with one or more other defenses or objections in a responsive pleading or in a motion. Consolidating Motions. (3) improper venue. an opposing party may assert at trial any defense to that claim. (B) A party must serve an answer to a counterclaim or crossclaim within 21 days after being served with the pleading that states the counterclaim or crossclaim. Every defense to a claim for relief in any pleading must be asserted in the responsive pleading if one is required. (b) How to Present Defenses.Rule 12. A motion asserting any of these defenses must be made before pleading if a responsive pleading is allowed. If a pleading sets out a claim for relief that does not require a responsive pleading. (5) insufficient service of process. counterclaim. and (7) failure to join a party under Rule 19. the responsive pleading must be served within 14 days after notice of the court's action. (C) A party must serve a reply to an answer within 21 days after being served with an order to reply. Officers. within 60 days after the request for a waiver was sent. unless the order specifies a different time.

9 . or scandalous matter. or (ii) include it in a responsive pleading or in an amendment allowed by Rule 15(a)(1) as a matter of course. if a response is not allowed. or (2) on motion made by a party either before responding to the pleading or. (i) Hearing Before Trial. to join a person required by Rule 19(b). (h) Waiving and Preserving Certain Defenses. The court may act: (1) on its own. If the court determines at any time that it lacks subjectmatter jurisdiction. A motion under this rule may be joined with any other motion allowed by this rule. immaterial. (1) When Some Are Waived. (2) When to Raise Others.(c) Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings. the motion must be treated as one for summary judgment under Rule 56. or to state a legal defense to a claim may be raised: (A) in any pleading allowed or ordered under Rule 7(a). Failure to state a claim upon which relief can be granted. (e) Motion for a More Definite Statement. (2) Limitation on Further Motions. the court must dismiss the action. A party waives any defense listed in Rule 12(b)(2)-(5) by: (A) omitting it from a motion in the circumstances described in Rule 12(g)(2). or (C) at trial. a party that makes a motion under this rule must not make another motion under this rule raising a defense or objection that was available to the party but omitted from its earlier motion. within 21 days after being served with the pleading. or (B) failing to either: (i) make it by motion under this rule. (1) Right to Join. The motion must be made before filing a responsive pleading and must point out the defects complained of and the details desired. on a motion under Rule 12(b)(6) or 12(c). (d) Result of Presenting Matters Outside the Pleadings. (g) Joining Motions. Except as provided in Rule 12(h)(2) or (3). (B) by a motion under Rule 12(c). the court may strike the pleading or issue any other appropriate order. If. any defense listed in Rule 12(b)(1)-(7)--whether made in a pleading or by motion--and a motion under Rule 12(c) must be heard and decided before trial unless the court orders a deferral until trial. After the pleadings are closed--but early enough not to delay trial--a party may move for judgment on the pleadings. If a party so moves. If the court orders a more definite statement and the order is not obeyed within 14 days after notice of the order or within the time the court sets. impertinent. All parties must be given a reasonable opportunity to present all the material that is pertinent to the motion. The court may strike from a pleading an insufficient defense or any redundant. (3) Lack of Subject-Matter Jurisdiction. A party may move for a more definite statement of a pleading to which a responsive pleading is allowed but which is so vague or ambiguous that the party cannot reasonably prepare a response. (f) Motion to Strike. matters outside the pleadings are presented to and not excluded by the court.

A pleading may state as a counterclaim against an opposing party any claim that is not compulsory. The pleader need not state the claim if: (A) when the action was commenced. These rules do not expand the right to assert a counterclaim--or to claim a credit--against the United States or a United States officer or agency. A pleading must state as a counterclaim any claim that--at the time of its service-the pleader has against an opposing party if the claim: (A) arises out of the transaction or occurrence that is the subject matter of the opposing party's claim. Counterclaim and Crossclaim (a) Compulsory Counterclaim. (e) Counterclaim Maturing or Acquired After Pleading. Rules 19 and 20 govern the addition of a person as a party to a counterclaim or crossclaim.Rule 13. (c) Relief Sought in a Counterclaim. the claim was the subject of another pending action. even if the opposing party's claims have been dismissed or otherwise resolved. A pleading may state as a crossclaim any claim by one party against a coparty if the claim arises out of the transaction or occurrence that is the subject matter of the original action or of a counterclaim. (d) Counterclaim Against the United States. (2) Exceptions. (i) Separate Trials. it may enter judgment on a counterclaim or crossclaim under Rule 54(b) when it has jurisdiction to do so. The court may permit a party to file a supplemental pleading asserting a counterclaim that matured or was acquired by the party after serving an earlier pleading. Separate Judgments. and (B) does not require adding another party over whom the court cannot acquire jurisdiction. (1) In General. 10 . (b) Permissive Counterclaim. (h) Joining Additional Parties. or if the claim relates to any property that is the subject matter of the original action. (f) [Abrogated] (g) Crossclaim Against a Coparty. or (B) the opposing party sued on its claim by attachment or other process that did not establish personal jurisdiction over the pleader on that claim. The crossclaim may include a claim that the coparty is or may be liable to the crossclaimant for all or part of a claim asserted in the action against the cross-claimant. If the court orders separate trials under Rule 42(b). and the pleader does not assert any counterclaim under this rule. A counterclaim need not diminish or defeat the recovery sought by the opposing party. It may request relief that exceeds in amount or differs in kind from the relief sought by the opposing party.

The third-party defendant must then assert any defense under Rule 12 and any counterclaim under Rule 13(a). the defendant or a person who asserts a right under Supplemental Rule C(6)(a)(i) may. (5) Third-Party Defendant's Claim Against a Nonparty. contribution. bring in a third-party defendant who may be wholly or partly liable--either to the plaintiff or to the third-party plaintiff--for remedy over. (C) may assert against the plaintiff any defense that the third-party plaintiff has to the plaintiff's claim. (3) Plaintiff's Claims Against a Third-Party Defendant. or otherwise on account of the same transaction. by motion. and may assert any counterclaim under Rule 13(b) or any crossclaim under Rule 13(g). and (D) may also assert against the plaintiff any claim arising out of the transaction or occurrence that is the subject matter of the plaintiff's claim against the third-party plaintiff. (c) Admiralty or Maritime Claim. the plaintiff may bring in a third party if this rule would allow a defendant to do so. and a reference to the defendant or third-party plaintiff includes. (b) When a Plaintiff May Bring in a Third Party. occurrence. (6) Third-Party Complaint In Rem. obtain the court's leave if it files the third-party complaint more than 14 days after serving its original answer. (1) Scope of Impleader. Third-Party Practice (a) When a Defending Party May Bring in a Third Party. serve a summons and complaint on a nonparty who is or may be liable to it for all or part of the claim against it. (2) Third-Party Defendant's Claims and Defenses. (1) Timing of the Summons and Complaint. a thirdparty complaint may be in rem. when appropriate. Sever. or Try Separately. But the third-party plaintiff must. and may assert any counterclaim against the third-party plaintiff under Rule 13(b) or any crossclaim against another third-party defendant under Rule 13(g). In that event. If it is within the admiralty or maritime jurisdiction. The person served with the summons and third-party complaint--the “third-party defendant”: (A) must assert any defense against the third-party plaintiff's claim under Rule 12. to sever it. The plaintiff may assert against the third-party defendant any claim arising out of the transaction or occurrence that is the subject matter of the plaintiff's claim against the third-party plaintiff. A third-party defendant may 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. If a plaintiff asserts an admiralty or maritime claim under Rule 9(h). (4) Motion to Strike. 11 .Rule 14. a person who asserts a right under Supplemental Rule C(6)(a)(i) in the property arrested. a reference in this rule to the “summons” includes the warrant of arrest. or series of transactions or occurrences. or to try it separately. (B) must assert any counterclaim against the third-party plaintiff under Rule 13(a). as third-party plaintiff. as a thirdparty plaintiff. Any party may move to strike the third-party claim. A defending party may. When a claim is asserted against a plaintiff.

The third-party plaintiff may demand judgment in the plaintiff's favor against the third-party defendant. 12 .(2) Defending Against a Demand for Judgment for the Plaintiff. the third-party defendant must defend under Rule 12 against the plaintiff's claim as well as the thirdparty plaintiff's claim. and the action proceeds as if the plaintiff had sued both the third-party defendant and the third-party plaintiff. In that event.

(b) Joinder of Contingent Claims. crossclaim. without first obtaining a judgment for the money. or third-party claim may join. In particular. as many claims as it has against an opposing party. A party asserting a claim. a plaintiff may state a claim for money and a claim to set aside a conveyance that is fraudulent as to that plaintiff. but the court may grant relief only in accordance with the parties' relative substantive rights.Rule 18. as independent or alternative claims. counterclaim. A party may join two claims even though one of them is contingent on the disposition of the other. Joinder of Claims (a) In General. 13 .

or (C) other measures. multiple. if known. (2) Joinder by Court Order. or otherwise inconsistent obligations because of the interest. (b) When Joinder Is Not Feasible. Required Joinder of Parties (a) Persons Required to Be Joined if Feasible. in equity and good conscience. (d) Exception for Class Actions. This rule is subject to Rule 23. If a person has not been joined as required. (2) the extent to which any prejudice could be lessened or avoided by: (A) protective provisions in the judgment. in a proper case. A person who refuses to join as a plaintiff may be made either a defendant or. (3) whether a judgment rendered in the person's absence would be adequate. If a joined party objects to venue and the joinder would make venue improper. and (2) the reasons for not joining that person. and (4) whether the plaintiff would have an adequate remedy if the action were dismissed for nonjoinder. a party must state: (1) the name. The factors for the court to consider include: (1) the extent to which a judgment rendered in the person's absence might prejudice that person or the existing parties. the action should proceed among the existing parties or should be dismissed. or (B) that person claims an interest relating to the subject of the action and is so situated that disposing of the action in the person's absence may: (i) as a practical matter impair or impede the person's ability to protect the interest. If a person who is required to be joined if feasible cannot be joined. When asserting a claim for relief. the court must dismiss that party. A person who is subject to service of process and whose joinder will not deprive the court of subject-matter jurisdiction must be joined as a party if: (A) in that person's absence. of any person who is required to be joined if feasible but is not joined. or (ii) leave an existing party subject to a substantial risk of incurring double. the court cannot accord complete relief among existing parties. the court must order that the person be made a party. (c) Pleading the Reasons for Nonjoinder. 14 . (1) Required Party. the court must determine whether.Rule 19. an involuntary plaintiff. (B) shaping the relief. (3) Venue.

The court may grant judgment to one or more plaintiffs according to their rights. and against one or more defendants according to their liabilities. The court may issue orders--including an order for separate trials--to protect a party against embarrassment. delay. (1) Plaintiffs. (2) Defendants. expense. occurrence.Rule 20. occurrence. Persons--as well as a vessel. severally. cargo. (b) Protective Measures. 15 . Permissive Joinder of Parties (a) Persons Who May Join or Be Joined. Persons may join in one action as plaintiffs if: (A) they assert any right to relief jointly. or in the alternative with respect to or arising out of the same transaction. or other prejudice that arises from including a person against whom the party asserts no claim and who asserts no claim against the party. or series of transactions or occurrences. and (B) any question of law or fact common to all defendants will arise in the action. and (B) any question of law or fact common to all plaintiffs will arise in the action. (3) Extent of Relief. Neither a plaintiff nor a defendant need be interested in obtaining or defending against all the relief demanded. or series of transactions or occurrences. or other property subject to admiralty process in rem--may be joined in one action as defendants if: (A) any right to relief is asserted against them jointly. or in the alternative with respect to or arising out of the same transaction. severally.

Electronically Stored Information. The request: (A) must describe with reasonable particularity each item or category of items to be inspected. (E) Producing the Documents or Electronically Stored Information. test. if necessary. images. for Inspection and Other Purposes (a) In General. these procedures apply to producing documents or electronically stored information: (i) A party must produce documents as they are kept in the usual course of business or must organize and label them to correspond to the categories in the request. or (B) any designated tangible things. sound recordings. or (2) to permit entry onto designated land or other property possessed or controlled by the responding party. survey. (ii) If a request does not specify a form for producing electronically stored information. after translation by the responding party into a reasonably usable form. (B) Responding to Each Item. (D) Responding to a Request for Production of Electronically Stored Information. Unless otherwise stipulated or ordered by the court. An objection to part of a request must specify the part and permit inspection of the rest. charts. graphs. (A) Time to Respond. measure. and Tangible Things. (b) Procedure. photograph. For each item or category. (1) Contents of the Request. and 16 . photographs. A shorter or longer time may be stipulated to under Rule 29 or be ordered by the court. place.Rule 34. (2) Responses and Objections. test. (B) must specify a reasonable time. the response must either state that inspection and related activities will be permitted as requested or state an objection to the request. and other data or data compilations--stored in any medium from which information can be obtained either directly or. so that the requesting party may inspect. Producing Documents. and (C) may specify the form or forms in which electronically stored information is to be produced. drawings. The party to whom the request is directed must respond in writing within 30 days after being served. A party may serve on any other party a request within the scope of Rule 26(b): (1) to produce and permit the requesting party or its representative to inspect. or sample the property or any designated object or operation on it. copy. or control: (A) any designated documents or electronically stored information--including writings. and manner for the inspection and for performing the related acts. The response may state an objection to a requested form for producing electronically stored information. or sample the following items in the responding party's possession. (C) Objections. custody. If the responding party objects to a requested form--or if no form was specified in the request--the party must state the form or forms it intends to use. including the reasons. or Entering onto Land. a party must produce it in a form or forms in which it is ordinarily maintained or in a reasonably usable form or forms.

(iii) A party need not produce the same electronically stored information in more than one form. (c) Nonparties. As provided in Rule 45, a nonparty may be compelled to produce documents and tangible things or to permit an inspection.

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Rule 42. Consolidation; Separate Trials
(a) Consolidation. If actions before the court involve a common question of law or fact, the court may: (1) join for hearing or trial any or all matters at issue in the actions; (2) consolidate the actions; or (3) issue any other orders to avoid unnecessary cost or delay. (b) Separate Trials. For convenience, to avoid prejudice, or to expedite and economize, the court may order a separate trial of one or more separate issues, claims, crossclaims, counterclaims, or third-party claims. When ordering a separate trial, the court must preserve any federal right to a jury trial.

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Rule 54. Judgment; Costs
(a) Definition; Form. “Judgment” as used in these rules includes a decree and any order from which an appeal lies. A judgment should not include recitals of pleadings, a master's report, or a record of prior proceedings. (b) Judgment on Multiple Claims or Involving Multiple Parties. When an action presents more than one claim for relief--whether as a claim, counterclaim, crossclaim, or third-party claim--or when multiple parties are involved, the court may direct entry of a final judgment as to one or more, but fewer than all, claims or parties only if the court expressly determines that there is no just reason for delay. Otherwise, any order or other decision, however designated, that adjudicates fewer than all the claims or the rights and liabilities of fewer than all the parties does not end the action as to any of the claims or parties and may be revised at any time before the entry of a judgment adjudicating all the claims and all the parties' rights and liabilities. (c) Demand for Judgment; Relief to Be Granted. A default judgment must not differ in kind from, or exceed in amount, what is demanded in the pleadings. Every other final judgment should grant the relief to which each party is entitled, even if the party has not demanded that relief in its pleadings. (d) Costs; Attorney's Fees. (1) Costs Other Than Attorney's Fees. Unless a federal statute, these rules, or a court order provides otherwise, costs--other than attorney's fees--should be allowed to the prevailing party. But costs against the United States, its officers, and its agencies may be imposed only to the extent allowed by law. The clerk may tax costs on 14 days' notice. On motion served within the next 7 days, the court may review the clerk's action. (2) Attorney's Fees. (A) Claim to Be by Motion. A claim for attorney's fees and related nontaxable expenses must be made by motion unless the substantive law requires those fees to be proved at trial as an element of damages. (B) Timing and Contents of the Motion. Unless a statute or a court order provides otherwise, the motion must: (i) be filed no later than 14 days after the entry of judgment; (ii) specify the judgment and the statute, rule, or other grounds entitling the movant to the award; (iii) state the amount sought or provide a fair estimate of it; and (iv) disclose, if the court so orders, the terms of any agreement about fees for the services for which the claim is made. (C) Proceedings. Subject to Rule 23(h), the court must, on a party's request, give an opportunity for adversary submissions on the motion in accordance with Rule 43(c) or 78. The court may decide issues of liability for fees before receiving submissions on the value of services. The court must find the facts and state its conclusions of law as provided in Rule 52(a).

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Also. § 1927. 20 .(D) Special Procedures by Local Rule. Reference to a Master or a Magistrate Judge.S. and may refer a motion for attorney's fees to a magistrate judge under Rule 72(b) as if it were a dispositive pretrial matter. the court may establish special procedures to resolve fee-related issues without extensive evidentiary hearings. Subparagraphs (A)-(D) do not apply to claims for fees and expenses as sanctions for violating these rules or as sanctions under 28 U.C. (E) Exceptions. the court may refer issues concerning the value of services to a special master under Rule 53 without regard to the limitations of Rule 53(a)(1). By local rule.

Jurisdiction and Venue Unaffected These rules do not extend or limit the jurisdiction of the district courts or the venue of actions in those courts. 21 . An admiralty or maritime claim under Rule 9(h) is not a civil action for purposes of 28 U.S.C. §§ 1391-1392.Rule 82.

right. certiorari (a) Final judgments or decrees rendered by the highest court of a State in which a decision could be had. treaties. privilege. the term “highest court of a State” includes the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. 22 . § 1257 § 1257.United States Code 28 U. or any commission held or authority exercised under. may be reviewed by the Supreme Court by writ of certiorari where the validity of a treaty or statute of the United States is drawn in question or where the validity of a statute of any State is drawn in question on the ground of its being repugnant to the Constitution. the United States.A. State courts. (b) For the purposes of this section. or immunity is specially set up or claimed under the Constitution or the treaties or statutes of. or laws of the United States.C.S. or where any title.

23 .A.28 U.S. except where a direct review may be had in the Supreme Court. The jurisdiction of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit shall be limited to the jurisdiction described in sections 1292(c) and (d) and 1295 of this title. the United States District Court for the District of the Canal Zone. and the District Court of the Virgin Islands. the District Court of Guam. § 1291 § 1291.C. Final decisions of district courts The courts of appeals (other than the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit) shall have jurisdiction of appeals from all final decisions of the district courts of the United States.

the District Court of Guam. That application for an appeal hereunder shall not stay proceedings in the district court unless the district judge or the Court of Appeals or a judge thereof shall so order. the District Court of the Virgin Islands.A. in its discretion. shall be of the opinion that such order involves a controlling question of law as to which there is substantial ground for difference of opinion and that an immediate appeal from the order may materially advance the ultimate termination of the litigation. or the District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands. includes in the order a statement that a controlling question of law is involved with respect to which there is a substantial ground for difference of opinion and that an immediate appeal from that order may materially advance the ultimate termination of the litigation. unless a stay is ordered by a judge of the Court of International Trade or of the Court of Federal Claims or by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit or a judge of that court. continuing. in issuing an interlocutory order. or when any judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims. if application is made to that Court within ten days after the entry of such order. however. or when any judge of the Court of International Trade.28 U. The Court of Appeals which would have jurisdiction of an appeal of such action may thereupon. if application is made to it within ten days after the entry of the order: Provided. the United States District Court for the District of the Canal Zone. (4)(A) The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit shall have exclusive jurisdiction of an appeal from an interlocutory order of a district court of the United States. the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit may. in issuing any other interlocutory order. or refusing orders to wind up receiverships or to take steps to accomplish the purposes thereof. granting 24 . (c) The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit shall have exclusive jurisdiction-(1) of an appeal from an interlocutory order or decree described in subsection (a) or (b) of this section in any case over which the court would have jurisdiction of an appeal under section 1295 of this title. the courts of appeals shall have jurisdiction of appeals from: (1) Interlocutory orders of the district courts of the United States. permit an appeal to be taken from such order. (b) When a district judge. the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit may. § 1292 § 1292. Interlocutory decisions (a) Except as provided in subsections (c) and (d) of this section. refusing or dissolving injunctions. in making in a civil action an order not otherwise appealable under this section.S. or refusing to dissolve or modify injunctions. (3) Neither the application for nor the granting of an appeal under this subsection shall stay proceedings in the Court of International Trade or in the Court of Federal Claims. in its discretion. (d)(1) When the chief judge of the Court of International Trade issues an order under the provisions of section 256(b) of this title. (3) Interlocutory decrees of such district courts or the judges thereof determining the rights and liabilities of the parties to admiralty cases in which appeals from final decrees are allowed. and (2) of an appeal from a judgment in a civil action for patent infringement which would otherwise be appealable to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and is final except for an accounting. and the District Court of the Virgin Islands. except where a direct review may be had in the Supreme Court. granting. (2) Interlocutory orders appointing receivers. permit an appeal to be taken from such order. or of the judges thereof. if application is made to that Court within ten days after the entry of such order. the District Court of Guam. he shall so state in writing in such order. permit an appeal to be taken from such order. modifying. (2) When the chief judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims issues an order under section 798(b) of this title.C. such as directing sales or other disposals of property. as the case may be. in its discretion. includes in the order a statement that a controlling question of law is involved with respect to which there is a substantial ground for difference of opinion and that an immediate appeal from that order may materially advance the ultimate termination of the litigation.

(c). (B) When a motion to transfer an action to the Court of Federal Claims is filed in a district court. proceedings shall be further stayed until the appeal has been decided by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. to provide for an appeal of an interlocutory decision to the courts of appeals that is not otherwise provided for under subsection (a). no further proceedings shall be taken in the district court until 60 days after the court has ruled upon the motion. The stay of proceedings in the district court shall not bar the granting of preliminary or injunctive relief. in accordance with section 2072 of this title. during the period in which proceedings are stayed as provided in this subparagraph. a motion to transfer an action to the United States Court of Federal Claims under section 1631 of this title. or (d). (b). in whole or in part. (e) The Supreme Court may prescribe rules. where appropriate and where expedition is reasonably necessary. 25 .or denying. If an appeal is taken from the district court's grant or denial of the motion. However. no transfer to the Court of Federal Claims pursuant to the motion shall be carried out.

28 U. 26 .A.C. or treaties of the United States. § 1331 § 1331.S. laws. Federal question The district courts shall have original jurisdiction of all civil actions arising under the Constitution.

28 USC § 1332 § 1331. Diversity in Citizenship. except that the district courts shall not have original jurisdiction under this subsection of an action between citizens of a State and citizens or subjects of a foreign state who are lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States and are domiciled in the same State. such insurer shall be deemed a citizen of-(A) every State and foreign state of which the insured is a citizen. computed without regard to any setoff or counterclaim to which the defendant may be adjudged to be entitled. Costs (a) The district courts shall have original jurisdiction of all civil actions where the matter in controversy exceeds the sum or value of $75. and (2) the legal representative of the estate of a decedent shall be deemed to be a citizen only of the same State as the decedent. and is between-(1) citizens of different States. (B) the term “class action” means any civil action filed under rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure or similar State statute or rule of judicial procedure authorizing an action to be brought by 1 or more representative persons as a class action. (c) For the purposes of this section and section 1441 of this title-(1) a corporation shall be deemed to be a citizen of every State and foreign state by which it has been incorporated and of the State or foreign state where it has its principal place of business. and the legal representative of an infant or incompetent shall be deemed to be a citizen only of the same State as the infant or incompetent. and (C) the State or foreign state where the insurer has its principal place of business. exclusive of interest and costs. as plaintiff and citizens of a State or of different States. Amount in Controversy. and exclusive of interest and costs. may impose costs on the plaintiff. where the plaintiff who files the case originally in the Federal courts is finally adjudged to be entitled to recover less than the sum or value of $75. (C) the term “class certification order” means an order issued by a court approving the treatment of some or all aspects of a civil action as a class action. (B) every State and foreign state by which the insurer has been incorporated. and (4) a foreign state. (2) citizens of a State and citizens or subjects of a foreign state.000.000. in addition. whether incorporated or unincorporated. except that in any direct action against the insurer of a policy or contract of liability insurance. (3) citizens of different States and in which citizens or subjects of a foreign state are additional parties. (d) (1) In this subsection-(A) the term “class” means all of the class members in a class action. the district court may deny costs to the plaintiff and. and (D) the term “class members” means the persons (named or unnamed) who fall within the definition of the proposed or certified class in a class action. (b) Except when express provision therefor is otherwise made in a statute of the United States. 27 . defined in section 1603(a) of this title. to which action the insured is not joined as a partydefendant.

1 or more other class actions asserting the same or similar claims on behalf of the same or other persons have been filed. State officials. are citizens of the State in which the action was originally filed. (II) at least 1 defendant is a defendant-(aa) from whom significant relief is sought by members of the plaintiff class. (3) A district court may. and the primary defendants. (D) whether the action was brought in a forum with a distinct nexus with the class members. exclusive of interest and costs. and (cc) who is a citizen of the State in which the action was originally filed. (B) whether the claims asserted will be governed by laws of the State in which the action was originally filed or by the laws of other States. and is a class action in which-(A) any member of a class of plaintiffs is a citizen of a State different from any defendant. (5) Paragraphs (2) through (4) shall not apply to any class action in which-(A) the primary defendants are States. the alleged harm. and the citizenship of the other members of the proposed class is dispersed among a substantial number of States. or the defendants. and (ii) during the 3-year period preceding the filing of that class action. or (B) two-thirds or more of the members of all proposed plaintiff classes in the aggregate. decline to exercise jurisdiction under paragraph (2) over a class action in which greater than onethird but less than two-thirds of the members of all proposed plaintiff classes in the aggregate and the primary defendants are citizens of the State in which the action was originally filed based on consideration of-(A) whether the claims asserted involve matters of national or interstate interest. in the interests of justice and looking at the totality of the circumstances. (4) A district court shall decline to exercise jurisdiction under paragraph (2)-(A)(i) over a class action in which-(I) greater than two-thirds of the members of all proposed plaintiff classes in the aggregate are citizens of the State in which the action was originally filed. or (C) any member of a class of plaintiffs is a citizen of a State and any defendant is a foreign state or a citizen or subject of a foreign state. (bb) whose alleged conduct forms a significant basis for the claims asserted by the proposed plaintiff class. no other class action has been filed asserting the same or similar factual allegations against any of the defendants on behalf of the same or other persons. and (III) principal injuries resulting from the alleged conduct or any related conduct of each defendant were incurred in the State in which the action was originally filed. during the 3-year period preceding the filing of that class action.000.(2) The district courts shall have original jurisdiction of any civil action in which the matter in controversy exceeds the sum or value of $5. (B) any member of a class of plaintiffs is a foreign state or a citizen or subject of a foreign state and any defendant is a citizen of a State. and (F) whether. or other governmental entities against whom the district court may be foreclosed from ordering relief. (E) whether the number of citizens of the State in which the action was originally filed in all proposed plaintiff classes in the aggregate is substantially larger than the number of citizens from any other State.000. (C) whether the class action has been pleaded in a manner that seeks to avoid Federal jurisdiction. or 28 .

or (IV) the claims have been consolidated or coordinated solely for pretrial proceedings. motion. (B)(i) As used in subparagraph (A). the term “mass action” shall not include any civil action in which-(I) all of the claims in the action arise from an event or occurrence in the State in which the action was filed. or. (B) that relates to the internal affairs or governance of a corporation or other form of business enterprise and that arises under or by virtue of the laws of the State in which such corporation or business enterprise is incorporated or organized. the term “mass action” means any civil action (except a civil action within the scope of section 1711(2)) in which monetary relief claims of 100 or more persons are proposed to be tried jointly on the ground that the plaintiffs' claims involve common questions of law or fact.C. as of the date of service by plaintiffs of an amended pleading. 77b(a)(1)) and the regulations issued thereunder). if the case stated by the initial pleading is not subject to Federal jurisdiction.(B) the number of members of all proposed plaintiff classes in the aggregate is less than 100.C.C.000. (9) Paragraph (2) shall not apply to any class action that solely involves a claim-(A) concerning a covered security as defined under 16(f)(3)1 of the Securities Act of 1933 (15 U. exclusive of interest and costs. and obligations relating to or created by or pursuant to any security (as defined under section 2(a)(1) of the Securities Act of 1933 (15 U. (10) For purposes of this subsection and section 1453. 78bb(f)(5)(E)). an unincorporated association shall be deemed to be a citizen of the State where it has its principal place of business and the State under whose laws it is organized.S. indicating the existence of Federal jurisdiction. 29 . and that allegedly resulted in injuries in that State or in States contiguous to that State. (6) In any class action. 78p(f)(3)2) and section 28(f)(5)(E) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U. the claims of the individual class members shall be aggregated to determine whether the matter in controversy exceeds the sum or value of $5. (III) all of the claims in the action are asserted on behalf of the general public (and not on behalf of individual claimants or members of a purported class) pursuant to a State statute specifically authorizing such action. (11)(A) For purposes of this subsection and section 1453. or (C) that relates to the rights. (7) Citizenship of the members of the proposed plaintiff classes shall be determined for purposes of paragraphs (2) through (6) as of the date of filing of the complaint or amended complaint. or other paper. (ii) As used in subparagraph (A).S. (II) the claims are joined upon motion of a defendant. a mass action shall be deemed to be a class action removable under paragraphs (2) through (10) if it otherwise meets the provisions of those paragraphs.000. except that jurisdiction shall exist only over those plaintiffs whose claims in a mass action satisfy the jurisdictional amount requirements under subsection (a). (8) This subsection shall apply to any class action before or after the entry of a class certification order by the court with respect to that action. duties (including fiduciary duties).S.

includes the Territories. (D) The limitations periods on any claims asserted in a mass action that is removed to Federal court pursuant to this subsection shall be deemed tolled during the period that the action is pending in Federal court. or (II) if plaintiffs propose that the action proceed as a class action pursuant to rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. (ii) This subparagraph will not apply-(I) to cases certified pursuant to rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. as used in this section. 30 . unless a majority of the plaintiffs in the action request transfer pursuant to section 1407. or the rules promulgated thereunder. the District of Columbia. and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. (e) The word “States”.(C)(i) Any action(s) removed to Federal court pursuant to this subsection shall not thereafter be transferred to any other court pursuant to section 1407.

or seeking to intervene as plaintiffs under Rule 24 of such rules. the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. or (4) in exceptional circumstances. and for any other claim in the same action that is voluntarily dismissed at the same time as or after the dismissal of the claim under subsection (a). shall be tolled while the claim is pending and for a period of 30 days after it is dismissed unless State law provides for a longer tolling period. in any civil action of which the district courts have original jurisdiction. 31 . there are other compelling reasons for declining jurisdiction.Supplemental Jurisdiction (a) Except as provided in subsections (b) and (c) or as expressly provided otherwise by Federal statute. the district courts shall have supplemental jurisdiction over all other claims that are so related to claims in the action within such original jurisdiction that they form part of the same case or controversy under Article III of the United States Constitution. the term “State” includes the District of Columbia. (d) The period of limitations for any claim asserted under subsection (a). 20. 19. (e) As used in this section. or over claims by persons proposed to be joined as plaintiffs under Rule 19 of such rules.28 USC § 1367 § 1367 . Such supplemental jurisdiction shall include claims that involve the joinder or intervention of additional parties. (c) The district courts may decline to exercise supplemental jurisdiction over a claim under subsection (a) if-(1) the claim raises a novel or complex issue of State law. the district courts shall not have supplemental jurisdiction under subsection (a) over claims by plaintiffs against persons made parties under Rule 14. (3) the district court has dismissed all claims over which it has original jurisdiction. (b) In any civil action of which the district courts have original jurisdiction founded solely on section 1332 of this title. when exercising supplemental jurisdiction over such claims would be inconsistent with the jurisdictional requirements of section 1332. and any territory or possession of the United States. or 24 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. (2) the claim substantially predominates over the claim or claims over which the district court has original jurisdiction.

in any judicial district in which such defendant is subject to the court's personal jurisdiction with respect to the civil action in question and. (b) Venue in general. and. (2) a judicial district in which a substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred. if all defendants are residents of the State in which the district is located. shall be deemed to reside in the judicial district in which that person is domiciled. any judicial district in which any defendant is subject to the court's personal jurisdiction with respect to such action.--For purposes of venue under this chapter. (d) Residency of corporations in States with multiple districts. such corporation shall be 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. shall be deemed to reside. (c) Residency. (e) Actions where defendant is officer or employee of the United States-(1) In general. in a State which has more than one judicial district and in which a defendant that is a corporation is subject to personal jurisdiction at the time an action is commenced.--Except as otherwise provided by law-(1) this section shall govern the venue of all civil actions brought in district courts of the United States. may. or an agency of the United States.28 USC §1391 § 1391 . (2) an entity with the capacity to sue and be sued in its common name under applicable law. and (3) a defendant not resident in the United States may be sued in any judicial district. Additional persons may be joined as parties to any such action in accordance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and with such other venue requirements as would be applicable if the United States or one of its officers. or a substantial part of property that is the subject of the action is situated. or (C) the plaintiff resides if no real property is involved in the action. and (2) the proper venue for a civil action shall be determined without regard to whether the action is local or transitory in nature. (B) a substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred. 32 . or agencies were not a party. employees. if there is no such district. be brought in any judicial district in which (A) a defendant in the action resides. or the United States.--The summons and complaint in such an action shall be served as provided by the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure except that the delivery of the summons and complaint to the officer or agency as required by the rules may be made by certified mail beyond the territorial limits of the district in which the action is brought. the corporation shall be deemed to reside in the district within which it has the most significant contacts. or a substantial part of property that is the subject of the action is situated. (2) Service.--For all venue purposes-(1) a natural person. except as otherwise provided by law.--A civil action in which a defendant is an officer or employee of the United States or any agency thereof acting in his official capacity or under color of legal authority. whether or not incorporated. or (3) if there is no district in which an action may otherwise be brought as provided in this section. and the joinder of such a defendant shall be disregarded in determining where the action may be brought with respect to other defendants. if a defendant. including an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States. only in the judicial district in which it maintains its principal place of business. if a plaintiff.--A civil action may be brought in-(1) a judicial district in which any defendant resides.Venue Generally (a) Applicability of section.

(2) in any judicial district in which the vessel or cargo of a foreign state is situated. or (4) in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia if the action is brought against a foreign state or political subdivision thereof. if the action is brought against an agency or instrumentality of a foreign state as defined in section 1603(b) of this title. 33 . (g) Multiparty. or a substantial part of property that is the subject of the action is situated.(f) Civil actions against a foreign state--A civil action against a foreign state as defined in section 1603(a) of this title may be brought-(1) in any judicial district in which a substantial part of the events or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred. if the claim is asserted under section 1605(b) of this title. multiforum litigation--A civil action in which jurisdiction of the district court is based upon section 1369 of this title may be brought in any district in which any defendant resides or in which a substantial part of the accident giving rise to the action took place. (3) in any judicial district in which the agency or instrumentality is licensed to do business or is doing business.

in the discretion of the court. Transfer of proceedings in rem brought by or on behalf of the United States may be transferred under this section without the consent of the United States where all other parties request transfer. As otherwise used in this section. (d) Transfers from a district court of the United States to the District Court of Guam. suit or proceeding of a civil nature or any motion or hearing thereof. the District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands. and the term “district” includes the territorial jurisdiction of each such court. (c) A district court may order any civil action to be tried at any place within the division in which it is pending. and the District Court of the Virgin Islands. any action. 34 .Change of Venue (a) For the convenience of parties and witnesses. the term “district court” includes the District Court of Guam. (b) Upon motion. consent or stipulation of all parties. may be transferred. or the District Court of the Virgin Islands shall not be permitted under this section.28 USC §1404 § 1404 . from the division in which pending to any other division in the same district. the District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands. in the interest of justice. a district court may transfer any civil action to any other district or division where it might have been brought or to any district or division to which all parties have consented.

and the term “district” includes the territorial jurisdiction of each such court.Cure of Waiver or Defects (a) The district court of a district in which is filed a case laying venue in the wrong division or district shall dismiss. the term “district court” includes the District Court of Guam.28 USC §1406 § 1406 . the District Court for the Northern Mariana Islands. or if it be in the interest of justice. 35 . and the District Court of the Virgin Islands. transfer such case to any district or division in which it could have been brought. (b) Nothing in this chapter shall impair the jurisdiction of a district court of any matter involving a party who does not interpose timely and sufficient objection to the venue. (c) As used in this section.

may be removed by the defendant or the defendants. (2) A civil action otherwise removable solely on the basis of the jurisdiction under section 1332(a) of this title may not be removed if any of the parties in interest properly joined and served as defendants is a citizen of the State in which such action is brought. (e) Multiparty. and (B) a claim not within the original or supplemental jurisdiction of the district court or a claim that has been made nonremovable by statute. Where removal is based upon this subsection. (c) Joinder of Federal law claims and State law claims. any civil action brought in a State court of which the district courts of the United States have original jurisdiction. (d) Actions against foreign States. multiforum jurisdiction. or (B) the defendant is a party to an action which is or could have been brought. under section 1369 in a United States district court and arises from the same accident as the action in State court. The removal of an action under this subsection shall be made in accordance with section 1446 of this title.28 USC 1441 § 1441 . to the district court of the United States for the district and division embracing the place where such action is pending. (2) Upon removal of an action described in paragraph (1). or treaties of the United States (within the meaning of section 1331 of this title). a defendant in a civil action in a State court may remove the action to the district court of the United States for the district and division embracing the place where the action is pending if-(A) the action could have been brought in a United States district court under section 1369 of this title. the district court shall sever from the action all claims described in paragraph (1)(B) and shall remand the severed claims to the State court from which the action was removed. Upon removal the action shall be tried by the court without jury.— (1) In determining whether a civil action is removable on the basis of the jurisdiction under section 1332(a) of this title.--(1) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (b) of this section. the citizenship of defendants sued under fictitious names shall be disregarded. the time limitations of section 1446(b) of this chapter may be enlarged at any time for cause shown. even if the action to be removed could not have been brought in a district court as an original matter.Removal of Civil Actions (a) Generally. in whole or in part.--Any civil action brought in a State court against a foreign state as defined in section 1603(a) of this title may be removed by the foreign state to the district court of the United States for the district and division embracing the place where such action is pending.--Except as otherwise expressly provided by Act of Congress. except that a notice of removal may also be filed before trial of the action in State court within 30 days after the date on which the defendant first becomes a party to an action under 36 . (b) Removal based on diversity of citizenship. the entire action may be removed if the action would be removable without the inclusion of the claim described in subparagraph (B). laws. Only defendants against whom a claim described in paragraph (1)(A) has been asserted are required to join in or consent to the removal under paragraph (1).--(1) If a civil action includes-(A) a claim arising under the Constitution.

(2) Whenever an action is removed under this subsection and the district court to which it is removed or transferred under section 1407(j) has made a liability determination requiring further proceedings as to damages. (3) Any remand under paragraph (2) shall not be effective until 60 days after the district court has issued an order determining liability and has certified its intention to remand the removed action for the determination of damages. 37 .--The court to which a civil action is removed under this section is not precluded from hearing and determining any claim in such civil action because the State court from which such civil action is removed did not have jurisdiction over that claim. (f) Derivative removal jurisdiction. and 1785 of this title. An appeal with respect to the liability determination of the district court may be taken during that 60-day period to the court of appeals with appellate jurisdiction over the district court. the liability determination shall not be subject to further review by appeal or otherwise. for the convenience of parties and witnesses and in the interest of justice. 1697. the action should be retained for the determination of damages. unless the court finds that. Once the remand has become effective. (4) Any decision under this subsection concerning remand for the determination of damages shall not be reviewable by appeal or otherwise. In the event a party files such an appeal. (6) Nothing in this subsection shall restrict the authority of the district court to transfer or dismiss an action on the ground of inconvenient forum.section 1369 in a United States district court that arises from the same accident as the action in State court. the remand shall not be effective until the appeal has been finally disposed of. or at a later time with leave of the district court. (5) An action removed under this subsection shall be deemed to be an action under section 1369 and an action in which jurisdiction is based on section 1369 of this title for purposes of this section and sections 1407. the district court shall remand the action to the State court from which it had been removed for the determination of damages.

or for refusing to do any act on the ground that it would be inconsistent with such law. commenced in a State court may be removed by the defendant to the district court of the United States for the district and division embracing the place wherein it is pending: (1) Against any person who is denied or cannot enforce in the courts of such State a right under any law providing for the equal civil rights of citizens of the United States. 38 . (2) For any act under color of authority derived from any law providing for equal rights. or of all persons within the jurisdiction thereof.Civil Rights Cases Any of the following civil actions or criminal prosecutions.28 USC 1443 §1443 .

whichever period is shorter. and (B) removal of the action is proper on the basis of an amount in controversy asserted under subparagraph (A) if the district court finds. (2)(A) When a civil action is removed solely under section 1441(a). of a copy of an amended pleading. motion. or (ii) a money judgment. generally. by the preponderance of the evidence. (b) Requirements. and orders served upon such defendant or defendants in such action. and a later-served defendant files a notice of removal. (3)(A) If the case stated by the initial pleading is not removable solely because the amount in controversy does not exceed the amount specified in section 1332(a). that the amount in controversy exceeds the amount specified in section 1332(a). through service or otherwise. any earlier-served defendant may consent to the removal even though that earlierserved defendant did not previously initiate or consent to removal.28 USC 1446 § 1446 . the sum demanded in good faith in the initial pleading shall be deemed to be the amount in controversy. unless the district court finds that the plaintiff has acted in bad faith in order to prevent a defendant from removing the action. 39 . (2) If removal of a civil action is sought on the basis of the jurisdiction conferred by section 1332(a). of a copy of the initial pleading setting forth the claim for relief upon which such action or proceeding is based. or in responses to discovery. except that-(A) the notice of removal may assert the amount in controversy if the initial pleading seeks-(i) nonmonetary relief. a notice of removal may be filed within 30 days after receipt by the defendant.--A defendant or defendants desiring to remove any civil action from a State court shall file in the district court of the United States for the district and division within which such action is pending a notice of removal signed pursuant to Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and containing a short and plain statement of the grounds for removal. but the State practice either does not permit demand for a specific sum or permits recovery of damages in excess of the amount demanded. through service or otherwise. if the case stated by the initial pleading is not removable. or within 30 days after the service of summons upon the defendant if such initial pleading has then been filed in court and is not required to be served on the defendant.Procedure for Removal of Civil Actions (a) Generally. removal based on diversity of citizenship (1) A case may not be removed under subsection (b)(3) on the basis of jurisdiction conferred by section 1332 more than 1 year after commencement of the action. (C) If defendants are served at different times. order or other paper from which it may first be ascertained that the case is one which is or has become removable. (B) Each defendant shall have 30 days after receipt by or service on that defendant of the initial pleading or summons described in paragraph (1) to file the notice of removal. together with a copy of all process. shall be treated as an „other paper‟ under subsection (b)(3). (3) Except as provided in subsection (c). (c) Requirements. information relating to the amount in controversy in the record of the State proceeding. (1) The notice of removal of a civil action or proceeding shall be filed within 30 days after the receipt by the defendant. all defendants who have been properly joined and served must join in or consent to the removal of the action. pleadings.

(e) Counterclaim in 337 proceeding. the 30-day requirement of subsection (b) of this section and paragraph (1) of section 1455(b) is satisfied if the person or entity desiring to remove the proceeding files the notice of removal not later than 30 days after receiving. except that the payment of a filing fee shall not be required in such cases and the counterclaim shall relate back to the date of the original complaint in the proceeding before the International Trade Commission under section 337 of that Act.--With respect to any counterclaim removed to a district court pursuant to section 337(c) of the Tariff Act of 1930. (d) Notice to adverse parties and State court. [(f) Redesignated (e)] (g) Where the civil action or criminal prosecution that is removable under section 1442(a) is a proceeding in which a judicial order for testimony or documents is sought or issued or sought to be enforced. which shall effect the removal and the State court shall proceed no further unless and until the case is remanded. notice of any such proceeding. the district court shall resolve such counterclaim in the same manner as an original complaint under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.(B) If the notice of removal is filed more than 1 year after commencement of the action and the district court finds that the plaintiff deliberately failed to disclose the actual amount in controversy to prevent removal. through service. 40 .--Promptly after the filing of such notice of removal of a civil action the defendant or defendants shall give written notice thereof to all adverse parties and shall file a copy of the notice with the clerk of such State court. that finding shall be deemed bad faith under paragraph (1).

An order remanding the case may require payment of just costs and any actual expenses. (e) If after removal the plaintiff seeks to join additional defendants whose joinder would destroy subject matter jurisdiction. 41 . or permit joinder and remand the action to the State court. incurred as a result of the removal.28 USC 1447 § 1447 . the court may deny joinder. including attorney fees. The State court may thereupon proceed with such case. If at any time before final judgment it appears that the district court lacks subject matter jurisdiction.Procedure After Removal Generally (a) In any case removed from a State court. (d) An order remanding a case to the State court from which it was removed is not reviewable on appeal or otherwise. the district court may issue all necessary orders and process to bring before it all proper parties whether served by process issued by the State court or otherwise. the case shall be remanded. A certified copy of the order of remand shall be mailed by the clerk to the clerk of the State court. (c) A motion to remand the case on the basis of any defect other than lack of subject matter jurisdiction must be made within 30 days after the filing of the notice of removal under section 1446(a). (b) It may require the removing party to file with its clerk copies of all records and proceedings in such State court or may cause the same to be brought before it by writ of certiorari issued to such State court. except that an order remanding a case to the State court from which it was removed pursuant to section 1442 or 1443 of this title shall be reviewable by appeal or otherwise.

the court shall. if it is in the interest of justice. and the action or appeal shall proceed as if it had been filed in or noticed for the court to which it is transferred on the date upon which it was actually filed in or noticed for the court from which it is transferred. is noticed for or filed with such a court and that court finds that there is a want of jurisdiction. transfer such action or appeal to any other such court in which the action or appeal could have been brought at the time it was filed or noticed. including a petition for review of administrative action.28 USC 1631 – Transfer to Cure Want of Jurisdiction Whenever a civil action is filed in a court as defined in section 610 of this title or an appeal. 42 .

Territory or Possession thereto.28 USC 1738 . shall be proved or admitted in other courts within the United States and its Territories and Possessions by the attestation of the clerk and seal of the court annexed. shall have the same full faith and credit in every court within the United States and its Territories and Possessions as they have by law or usage in the courts of such State.§ 1738. The records and judicial proceedings of any court of any such State. or copies thereof.State and Territorial statutes and judicial proceedings. or Possession of the United States. full faith and credit The Acts of the legislature of any State. Such Acts. or copies thereof. records and judicial proceedings or copies thereof. 43 . so authenticated. if a seal exists. Territory or Possession. Territory. together with a certificate of a judge of the court that the said attestation is in proper form. § 1738 . Territory or Possession from which they are taken. shall be authenticated by affixing the seal of such State.

S. if the fact of injury is not reasonably ascertainable until some time after the initial act. the causes of action listed in subsection (a) shall not be deemed to have accrued until the act giving rise to the cause of action first causes substantial injury. (3) An action for relief on the ground of fraud. if the fact of injury is not reasonably ascertainable until some time after the initial act.A. (4) An action for injury to the rights of another. but in no event shall an action be commenced more than 10 years beyond the time of the act giving rise to the cause of action. not arising on contract. (7) An action arising out of the rendering of or failure to render professional services by a health care provider. detaining or injuring personal property. and not herein enumerated. including actions for the specific recovery thereof. and amendments thereto. unless the fact of injury is not reasonably ascertainable until some time after the initial act. but in no event shall such an action be commenced more than 10 years beyond the time of the act giving rise to the cause of action. but in no event shall such an action be commenced more than four years beyond the time of the act giving rise to the cause of action. Actions limited to two years (Statute of limitations) (a) The following actions shall be brought within two years: (1) An action for trespass upon real property. or. not arising on contract.Kansas Statutes K. All other causes of action by a corporation or association against an officer or director of the corporation or association shall not be deemed to have accrued until the act giving rise to the cause of action first causes substantial injury and there exists a disinterested majority of nonculpable directors of the corporation or association. or. 60-513 .A. then the period of limitation shall not commence until the fact of injury becomes reasonably ascertainable and there exists a disinterested majority of nonculpable directors of the corporation or association. (2) An action for taking. if the fact of injury is not reasonably ascertainable until some time after the initial act. 60-513b and 60-513c. but the cause of action shall not be deemed to have accrued until the fraud is discovered. then the period of limitation shall not commence until the fact of injury becomes reasonably ascertainable to the injured party. then the period of limitation shall not commence until the fact of injury becomes reasonably ascertainable to the injured party. 60-513a. the term 44 . then the period of limitation shall not commence until the fact of injury becomes reasonably ascertainable to the injured party. or. (c) A cause of action arising out of the rendering of or the failure to render professional services by a health care provider shall be deemed to have accrued at the time of the occurrence of the act giving rise to the cause of action. For purposes of this subsection. (d) A negligence cause of action by a corporation or association against an officer or director of the corporation or association shall not be deemed to have accrued until the act giving rise to the cause of action first causes substantial injury.S. (6) An action to recover for an ionizing radiation injury as provided in K. but in no event shall such an action be commenced more than five years beyond the time of the act giving rise to the cause of action. (b) Except as provided in subsections (c) and (d). (5) An action for wrongful death.60-513.

Stat.S. 17-6410. civil or criminal. KS 22-4212 22-4212. Kan. 17-6423. 17-6424 or 17-6603 and amendments thereto. § 22-4212 (West) 45 . until he has been convicted in the criminal proceedings. or after waiver of. he shall not while in this state pursuant to the order be subject to arrest or the service of process. for acts or omissions not in good faith or which involve intentional misconduct or a knowing violation of law.S.“negligence cause of action” shall not include a cause of action seeking monetary damages for any breach of the officer's or director's duty of loyalty to the corporation or association. Immunity from service of process in civil actions A person brought into this state by. Ann. extradition based on a criminal charge shall not be subject to service of personal process in civil actions arising out of the same facts as the criminal proceedings to answer which he is being or has been returned. 1996. 22-2725 22-2725. or for any transaction from which the officer or director derived an improper personal benefit. or.A. shall continue in force and effect for a period of two years from that date with respect to any act giving rise to a cause of action occurring prior to that date. 17-5812. until he has had reasonable opportunity to return to the state from which he was extradited. for liability under K. Immunity of witness from arrest or service of process in this state for prior act If a witness from another state comes into or passes through this state under an order directing him to attend and testify in this or another state. because of any act committed prior to his arrival in this state under the order. K. if acquitted. (e) The provisions of this section as it was constituted prior to July 1.

The filing of an entry of appearance has the same effect as service. the party served was made aware that an action or proceeding was pending in a specified court that might affect the party or the party's status or property. Commencement of action (a) Time of commencement. notwithstanding some irregularity or omission.KS 60-203(b) 60-203.S. § 501 et seq. is not an entry of appearance. the action is considered to have been commenced at the applicable time under subsection (a) if valid service is obtained or first publication is made within 90 days after that adjudication. As used in this section. if service of process is obtained or the first publication is made for service by publication within 90 days after the petition is filed. Process. except that the court may extend that time an additional 30 days upon a showing of good cause by the plaintiff. or (2) service of process or first publication. if service of process or first publication is not made within the time specified by paragraph (1). but are alternatives to and do not restrict different methods specifically provided by law. 46 .). If service of process or first publication purports to have been made but is later adjudicated to have been invalid due to an irregularity in form or procedure or a defect in making service. Substantial compliance with any method of serving process effects valid service of process if the court finds that. except that the court may extend that time an additional 30 days upon a showing of good cause by the plaintiff. (c) Entry of appearance. A civil action is commenced at the time of: (1) Filing a petition with the court.C. (d) Electronic filing. (b) Curing invalid service. KS 60-204 60-204. filing a petition with the court includes receipt by the court of a petition by electronic means complying with supreme court rules. generally The methods of serving process set out in article 3 of this chapter constitute sufficient service of process in all civil actions and proceedings. Written contact with the court by a defendant. and amendments thereto. or an attorney for the defendant invoking protection for the defendant under the servicemembers civil relief act (50 U.

Except as otherwise provided in this chapter. But a pleading that asserts a new claim for relief against such a party must be served on that party in the manner provided for service of summons in article 3 of chapter 60 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated. (2) If a party fails to appear. unless the court orders otherwise. demand. (E) sending it by telefacsimile communication.A. in which event service is complete upon mailing. at the person's dwelling or usual place of abode with someone of suitable age and discretion who resides there. or (ii) if the person has no office or the office is closed. service under this section must be made on the attorney unless the court orders service on the party. (d) Filing. Service and filing of pleadings and other papers (a) Service. avoidance or affirmative defense in those pleadings and replies to them will be treated as denied or avoided by all other parties. certificate of service. in a conspicuous place in the office. (D) a written motion. the court may on motion. or (F) serving it by electronic means when authorized by supreme court rule or a local rule. (C) a discovery paper required to be served on a party. (1) Serving an attorney. (b) Service. 60-227. which must not be filed until they are used in the proceeding or the court orders filing: (A) Depositions other than those taken under K. if no one is in charge. (D) leaving it with the court clerk if the person has no known address. (2) Service in general. when required. and amendments thereto. and the following discovery requests and responses. unless the court orders otherwise under subsection (c) because there are numerous defendants. Any paper after the petition that is required to be served.A.KS 60-205 60-205. must be filed within a reasonable time after service.S. No service is required on a party who is in default for failing to appear. (B) interrogatories. A paper is served under this section by: (A) Handing it to the person. how made. counterclaim. (C) mailing it to the person's last known address. order that: (A) Defendants' pleadings and replies to them need not be served on other defendants. (B) a pleading filed after the original petition. except one that may be heard ex parte. 60-226. (2) Notifying parties. in which event service is complete upon receipt of a confirmation generated by the transmitting machine. (B) any crossclaim. and (C) filing any such pleading and serving it on the plaintiff constitutes notice of the pleading to all parties. offer of judgment or any similar paper. together with a certificate of service. If a party is represented by an attorney. (B) leaving it: (i) At the person's office with a clerk or other person in charge. S. (1) Required filings. and amendments thereto. (1) In general. or on its own. A copy of every order must be served on the parties as the court directs. (1) In general. appearance. 47 . or. (c) Serving numerous defendants. and (E) a written notice. If an action involves an unusually large number of defendants. each of the following papers must be served on every party: (A) An order stating that service is required. Only a certificate of service must be filed for expert disclosures under K.

in general. but they are alternatives to and do not restrict different methods specifically provided by law. Ann. or to permit entry onto land. Kan. (e) Section not exclusive. Stat. signed or verified by electronic means.(C) requests for documents or tangible things. signing or verification. 60-271. (3) Electronic filing. and who must then note the filing date and the time on the paper and promptly send it to the clerk. and supreme court rules. and amendments thereto.S. In accordance with K. A paper is filed by delivering it: (A) To the clerk.A. (2) How filing is made. or (B) to a judge who agrees to accept it for filing. § 60-205 (West) 48 . and (D) requests for admission. The methods of serving and filing pleadings and other papers provided in this section constitute sufficient service and filing. pleadings and other papers may be filed.

However.S. (ii) the death of the person. or (B) the opposing party sued on its claim by attachment or other process that did not establish personal jurisdiction over the pleader on that claim. The court may permit a party to file a supplemental pleading asserting a counterclaim that matured or was acquired by the party after serving an earlier pleading. (h) Joining additional parties. (g) Permissive crossclaim against a co-party. the pleader has against an opposing party if the claim: (A) Arises out of the transaction or occurrence that is the subject matter of the opposing party's claim. Counterclaims and cross-claims (a) Compulsory counterclaims. a party must state as a crossclaim any claim that party has against any co-party. if the claim arises out of the transaction or occurrence that is the subject matter of the claim governed by K. If a party's claim arises out of the contract or transaction that is the basis of an opposing party's claim or is connected with the subject of the action and it could have been asserted as a counterclaim or crossclaim against a person if the person had asserted a claim against the party previously. A counterclaim need not diminish or defeat the recovery sought by the opposing party. K. or (iii) the expiration of the statute of limitations.A. (d) Effect of death or limitations. and amendments thereto.A.S. A pleading must state as a counterclaim any claim that. (2) Exceptions. the party's claim may be asserted in these circumstances only to the extent that it does not exceed the amount awarded to the opposing party. govern the addition of a person as a party to a counterclaim or crossclaim. and amendments thereto.KS 60-213 60-213. or if the claim relates to any property that is the subject matter of the original action. The crossclaim may include a claim that the co-party is or may be liable to the crossclaimant for all or part of a claim asserted in the action against the crossclaimant.A. A pleading may state as a counterclaim against an opposing party any claim that is not compulsory. the claim was the subject of another pending action. 60-258a. 49 . at the time of its service.S. (b) Permissive counterclaims. (e) Counterclaim maturing or acquired after pleading. (f) Compulsory crossclaim against a co-party. and the pleader does not assert any counterclaim under this section. and amendments thereto. the party's claim is not extinguished by: (i) An assignment by the person. A pleading may state as a crossclaim any claim by one party against a co-party. It may request relief that exceeds in amount or differs in kind from the relief sought by the opposing party. and (B) does not require adding another party over whom the court cannot acquire jurisdiction. 60-258a. (1) In general. The pleader need not state the claim if: (A) When the action was commenced. (c) Relief sought in a counterclaim. When a claim is governed by K. 60-219 and 60-220. if the claim arises out of the transaction or occurrence that is the subject matter of the original action or of a counterclaim.

the date of delivery.A. It must include a copy of the return receipt evidencing delivery. except service by publication as provided in K. Kan.A. or such other time as the court allows. either personally or through an attorney.A.(i) Separate trials. which is effected by certified mail. commercial courier service. and amendments thereto. (b) Who serves process. Other counterclaims and crossclaims are permitted as provided in this chapter. any counterclaim or crossclaim made compulsory by subsection (a) or (f) must be stated in an amended pleading within 21 days after service of the order of transfer or notice of appeal. Stat. A. the address where delivered and the person or entity effecting delivery. 60-242. addressed to the person to be served in accordance with K. and amendments thereto.A.A. priority mail.A. notifies the clerk that the party elects to undertake responsibility for service. Ann. or as otherwise provided by law.S. separate judgments. 60-254. (5) If the sealed envelope is returned with an endorsement showing refusal to accept delivery. even if the opposing party's claims have been dismissed or otherwise resolved. party or party's attorney must give to the person or entity effecting delivery a copy of the process and petition or other document in a sealed envelope. overnight delivery service or other reliable personal delivery service to the party addressed. 60-307. the address where delivered and the person or entity effecting delivery. are described in this section. and amendments thereto. with postage or other delivery fees prepaid. (4) After service and return of the return receipt. Methods of service of process (a) In general. 60-304. and amendments thereto. 61-2910. party or the party's attorney may send a copy of the process and petition or other document by first-class mail. Methods of out-of-state service of process are described in K. § 60-213 (West) KS 60-303 60-303. postage prepaid.S. and amendments thereto.S.S. the date of delivery.S. If mailed. or an action heard by a district magistrate judge is appealed. If the court orders separate trials under subsection (b) of K. and amendments thereto. service is considered to be obtained three days after the mailing. or may elect other methods of service. When an action filed pursuant to chapter 61 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated is transferred as provided in K. the sheriff. and amendments thereto. to whom delivered. (c) Service by return receipt delivery. the sheriff. The sheriff of the county in which the action is filed must serve any process by any method authorized by this section. in each instance evidenced by a written or electronic receipt showing to whom delivered. unless a party. 60-203. (2) The sheriff. (1) Service of process may be made by return receipt delivery. (j) Appealed and removed actions. addressed to the party to be served. (3) Service of process is obtained under K. when it has jurisdiction to do so. it may enter judgment on a counterclaim or crossclaim under subsection (b) of K. upon the delivery of the sealed envelope. The return of service must state the nature of the process.S.S. Mailing must be 50 . party or party's attorney must execute and file a return of service. Methods of service of process within this state. 60-308.

and amendments thereto. to a person appointed to serve process or to the requesting party's attorney. for residence service. by the sheriff's deputy. a person serving a garnishment process may serve the process by any of the following methods: (1) First-class mail. A subpoena may also be served by any other person who is not a party and is at least 18 years of age. (C) If personal or residence service cannot be made on an individual.A. if requested. The voluntary appearance by a party is equivalent to service on the date of appearance. (1) A party may file with the clerk a written request for personal service or.S. The envelope used for service must be addressed to the person in accordance with K.S. the offer of the duly authorized process server to deliver the process. An acknowledgment of service on the summons is equivalent to service. levy or execute process is considered an “officer” as that term is used in K. (f) Other service methods for garnishments.S. and the refusal. an authorized attorney or a licensed private detective may make the service anywhere in or outside this state and must be allowed the fees prescribed for the sheriff in K. A person authorized under this subsection to serve. 60-304. If the unopened envelope sent by first-class mail is returned as undelivered for any reason. and amendments thereto. 28-110. other than a minor or a disabled person. or by a person appointed as a process server by a judge or clerk of the district court. (3) Service.S. Service by first-class mail is complete when the envelope is placed in the mail unless it is returned undelivered. and must contain adequate postage. a notice that the copy has been left at the individual's dwelling or usual place of abode. by an attorney admitted to the practice of law in Kansas.A. replevin orders. The court may allow other fees and costs. at the person's last known address. (4) In all cases when the person to be served. but not limited to. party or party's attorney must file an amended certificate with the clerk indicating nondelivery. service is effected by leaving a copy of the process and petition or other document at the individual's dwelling or usual place of abode and mailing to the individual by first-class mail. 60-706 and 60-2401. levy and execution of all process under this subsection. refuses to receive the process. In addition to other methods listed in this section. in the case of service on an individual. (e) Acknowledgment or appearance.A. The envelope must be sealed and placed in the United States mail. and amendments thereto. writs of execution. (d) Personal and residence service. including. is sufficient service of process. service is not obtained and the sheriff. by a person licensed as a private detective pursuant to K. (2) When process is to be served under this subsection. An appointed process server. and amendments thereto. 60-304. must be made by a sheriff within the sheriff's county. (B) Residence service on an individual is effected by leaving a copy of the process and petition or other document at the individual's dwelling or usual place of abode with someone of suitable age and discretion who resides there. Process may be sent to a person by first-class mail by placing a copy of the process and petition or other document to be served in an envelope addressed to the person to be served in accordance with K. or an agent authorized by the person to accept service of process.A. orders for delivery. and amendments thereto.evidenced by a certificate filed with the clerk. 51 . the clerk must deliver sufficient copies of the process and petition or other document to the sheriff or the county where the process is to be served or. Mere failure to claim the sealed envelope sent by return receipt delivery is not refusal of service within the meaning of this subsection. orders of attachment. (A) Personal service is effected by delivering or offering to deliver a copy of the process and petition or other document to the person to be served. postage prepaid. writs of restitution and writs of assistance.A.. Process servers should be appointed freely and may be authorized either to serve process in a single case or in cases generally during a fixed period of time. 75-7b01 et seq.S.

addressed to the individual at the individual's business address. by serving: (1) The minor. (B) the minor's father. (c) Disabled person. by serving the individual or by serving an agent authorized by appointment or by law to receive service of process. and amendments thereto. party or party's attorney may complete service by return receipt delivery. Stat. 60303. If the agent is one designated by statute to receive service. “serving” means making service by any of the methods described in K. Service is complete upon receipt of a confirmation generated by the transmitting machine. unless a specific method of making service is prescribed in this section. Process may be sent to a garnishee by telefacsimile communication at a telefacsimile number designated by the garnishee. 77-201. Except for service by publication under K. 60-307. as provided by order of the court. 52 . § 60-303 (West) KS 60-304 60-304. such further notice as the statute requires must be given. Service is complete upon receipt of an electronic confirmation of delivery. conservator or a competent adult member of the person's family with whom the person resides.A. serving the disabled person. Process may be sent to a garnishee by internet electronic mail at an internet electronic mail address designated by the garnishee and as provided by supreme court rules. (B) if the person resides in an institution. Kan. mother or other person having the minor's care or control or with whom the minor resides. (3) Internet electronic mail.A. On a minor. the director or chief executive officer of the institution. by: (1) Serving: (A) The person's guardian.(2) Telefacsimile communication.A. and amendments thereto. Service by return receipt delivery must be addressed to an individual at the individual's dwelling or usual place of abode and to an authorized agent at the agent's usual or designated address. and (2) unless the court otherwise orders. service of process under this article must be made as follows: (a) Individual.S. the sheriff. Ann.S. If the sheriff. Service by return receipt delivery must be addressed to an individual at the individual's dwelling or usual place of abode and to a corporate guardian or conservator at the guardian's or conservator's usual place of business. as defined in K. On an individual other than a minor or a disabled person. and (2) either: (A) The minor's guardian or conservator. On a disabled person. if the minor has one within this state. (b) Minor. party or party's attorney files a return of service stating that the return receipt delivery to the individual at the individual's dwelling or usual place of abode was refused or unclaimed and that a business address is known for the individual. or (C) if service cannot be made as specified in paragraphs (A) or (B). and amendments thereto.S. on whom made As used in this section. as provided by order of the court. Service of process. or (C) if service cannot be made as specified in paragraphs (A) or (B).

limited liability company or limited partnership in the state of its incorporation or formation. by serving the clerk or a trustee. notice or demand. Service by return receipt delivery on an officer. and (5) the state or any governmental agency of the state. when: (1) It fails to appoint or maintain in this state a resident agent on whom service may be had. Service by return receipt delivery must be addressed to the appropriate official at the official's governmental office. or (2) its resident agent cannot with reasonable diligence be found at the registered office in this state. or at the registered or principal office of the corporation. the original and two copies of the process and two copies of the petition. domestic or foreign limited liability company. (3) a city. foreign limited liability company or foreign limited partnership irrevocably authorizes the secretary of state as its agent to accept on its behalf service of process.A. (2) a township. except the secretary of state 53 . When any process. director or manager thereof. A domestic corporation. when subject to suit. notice or demand must be made by delivering to the secretary of state. domestic or foreign limited liability companies. On a domestic or foreign corporation. On: (1) A county. domestic or foreign limited partnerships. by also mailing a copy to the defendant. The secretary of state must keep a record of all processes. to cover the cost of serving process. limited liability company. domestic or foreign limited partnership. by serving one of the county commissioners. district or authority. (d) Governmental bodies. (e) Corporations. notices and demands served on the secretary under this subsection. limited liability company or limited partnership at its principal office as it appears in the records of the secretary of state. by: (1) Serving an officer. notice or demand is served on the secretary of state. (2) leaving a copy of the summons and petition or other document at any of its business offices with the person having charge thereof.S. or (3) serving any agent authorized by appointment or by law to receive service of process. and to a corporate guardian or conservator at the guardian's or conservator's usual place of business. a foreign corporation. any officer. Income withholding orders for support and orders of garnishment of earnings of state officers and employees must be served on the state or governmental agency of the state in the manner provided by K. by serving the clerk or the mayor. body politic. to any other individual at the individual's dwelling or usual place of abode. A fee of $40 must be paid to the secretary of state by the party requesting the service of process. domestic limited liability company or domestic limited partnership. if it is authorized to transact business or transacts business without authority in this state. and. managing or general agent. and must record the time of the service and the action taken by the secretary. the secretary must promptly forward a copy of it by return receipt delivery. or any notice or demand required or permitted by law to be served on it. domestic or foreign limited liability partnership or a partnership or other unincorporated association that is subject to suit in a common name. manager. 60-723. by personal service or by return receipt delivery.Service by return receipt delivery must be addressed to the director or chief executive officer of an institution at the institution. if the clerk or secretary is not found. partner or a resident. limited partnership or limited liability partnership. and amendments thereto. partner or agent must be addressed to the person at the person's usual place of business. Service on the secretary of state of any process. (f) Resident agent for a corporation. addressed to the corporation. the county clerk or the county treasurer. by serving the clerk or secretary or. and if the agent is one authorized by statute to receive service and the statute so requires. (4) any other public corporation. by serving the attorney general or an assistant attorney general. domestic or foreign limited liability partnerships and partnerships.

partnership. water or petroleum products. and amendments thereto. which is subject to regulation by the state corporation commission. (h) Service on an employee. Service of summons or other process on any insurance company or association.A. The individual.may waive the fee for state agencies. association or corporation that fails to appoint a person to receive process. to make the person available to permit the sheriff or other duly authorized person to serve the summons or other process. Stat. 60-306. (g) Insurance companies or associations. partnership. 53-601. Ann. Process agents for public utilities Every individual.S. a resident of this state on whom process may be served. and is a nonresident or that the place of residence of the person is unknown. association or corporation engaged in the business of transmission of communications. managing or general agent or the individual having charge of the place at which the person to be served is employed.S. as required by this section.S. Stat. or the distribution of electricity. in accordance with K. § 60-304 (West) KS 60-305 60-305. organized under the laws of this state. may also be made by serving the commissioner of insurance in the same manner as provided for service on foreign insurance companies or associations. Kan. that to the best of the affiant's or declarant's knowledge and belief the person to be served is employed in this state. partner. § 60-305 (West) 54 . Ann. 60-306.S. and amendments thereto. The fee must not be included in or paid from any deposit as security for costs or the docket fee required by K. may be served under the other provisions of this article 3.A. and amendments thereto.A. the affiant or declarant may request that the sheriff or other duly authorized person direct an officer. Kan. gas. and amendments thereto. 60-2001 or 61-4001. An individual.A. partnership. and doing business in this state. A second or subsequent appointment must also state the name of the person who is being replaced by the appointment. association or corporation may revoke the appointment by appointing any other qualified person in accordance with K. If a party or a party's agent or attorney files an affidavit or a declaration pursuant to K. must appoint.

A. (d) Collection of fee. An individual. Kan. An appointment must be amended. and amendments thereto. (e) Effect of service on agent. partnership. partnership. the state of its formation. (c) Period of appointment. § 60-306 (West) 55 . When an individual. Upon receipt of each such remittance. the state treasurer shall deposit the entire amount in the state treasury to the credit of the information and services fee fund created in K. Ann. Process service agent (a) Generally. and (3) if an entity makes the appointment. The secretary of state shall remit all fees received pursuant to this section to the state treasurer in accordance with the provisions of K. association or corporation in any court may be served on the service agent. (b) Change of address. association or corporation may appoint a resident of this state as service agent and consent that process may be served on the service agent as the agent of the individual.S. process issued in any action or proceeding against the individual. partnership. association or corporation has appointed a service agent and the appointment remains unexpired and unrevoked. Service by publication is of no force or effect when an appointment of service agent made and filed under this section remains in effect unless process showing on its face the name and address of the service agent has been duly issued to the proper officer of the county of the service agent's address and the officer files a return stating that the officer cannot find the service agent in the county.S. amendment or revocation shall be $20. The fee for filing an appointment. 75-438. An instrument appointing the service agent must be acknowledged. and amendments thereto. 75-4215. partnership. and filed with the secretary of state whenever the name or address of the service agent changes.KS 60-306 60-306.A. must be filed with the office of the secretary of state and must include: (1) The name and address of the person or entity making the appointment. An appointment remains in effect for a period of three years from the date of its filing unless it is revoked in a writing that is executed in the same manner as the appointment and is filed with the office of the secretary of state. (2) the name and residence or office address of the service agent. in writing. association or corporation. Stat.

and amendments thereto. (2) the affiant or declarant has made a reasonable but unsuccessful effort to ascertain the names and residence of any defendants sought to be served as unknown parties under subsection (a)(5) and the specific efforts made to ascertain the names and residences. creditors and assigns of a person alleged to be deceased. (B) unknown spouse of a defendant. dissolved or dormant corporation. If a defendant served under this section does not appear. Service may be made by publication in any of the following cases: (1) In an action to obtain a divorce. creditor [creditors] and assigns of a defendant that is an existing.A. if known. or hides in the state or county with that intent. (c) Affidavit or declaration for service by publication. or in an action against a domestic corporation that has not been legally dissolved. and (4) the case is one of those mentioned in subsections (a)(1) through (a)(4). (B) in which the relief demanded consists wholly or partly in excluding the defendant from any interest in the property. in the property. and the names of all defendants whose residences are unknown after reasonable effort to ascertain them and the specific efforts made to ascertain the residence. The provisions of this section are separate and permissive methods of obtaining service. trustees. stating all of the following facts that apply: (1) The residences of all named defendants sought to be served. trustees. devisees. in which the defendant is a nonresident of this state or a foreign corporation or if the party with due diligence is unable to serve summons on the defendant in this state: (A) Which relates to or the subject of which is real or personal property in this state. successors and assigns of a defendant that is or was in partnership. and (5) in an action specified in this subsection. (3) in an action. (D) unknown executors. on any of the following who are made defendants: (A) Unknown heirs. (3) the party seeking service by publication is unable to obtain service of summons on the defendants in this state. Before service by publication under this section can be made. 56 .KS 60-307 60-307. or (D) for foreclosure of a lien. judgment may be rendered affecting the property.S. a party or the party's attorney must file an affidavit or a declaration pursuant to K. (b) Construction and effect. creditors. (4) in an action in which the defendant. devisees. if any defendant has or claims a lien or interest. being a resident of this state. administrators. administrators. res or status within the jurisdiction of the court as to the defendant. 53601. (C) for partition. and (E) unknown guardians. successors. executors. conservators and trustees of a defendant that is a minor or is under any legal disability. (C) unknown officers. vested or contingent. maintenance or an annulment of a marriage if the defendant resides outside this state or if the party with due diligence is unable to serve summons on the defendant within this state. but judgment may not be rendered against the defendant personally. Service by publication (a) When permissible. (2) in an action brought against a person who is a nonresident of this state or a foreign corporation having in this state property or debts owing to the person or foreign corporation sought to be taken by a provisional remedy or to be appropriated in any way. if the officers of the corporation have departed from this state or cannot be found. has departed from this state or from the county of the defendant's residence with the intent to delay or defraud creditors or to avoid the service of a summons. trustees.

The notice must name any defendant to be served and notify the defendant and all other persons who are or may be concerned that: (A) The defendant has been sued in a named court. The notice must be published once a week for three consecutive weeks in a newspaper published in the county where the petition is filed and that is authorized by law to publish legal notices. and (C) if the defendant does not answer or otherwise defend. Kan. contents and form of notice.The form of the affidavit or declaration is sufficient if in substantial compliance with the form set forth by the judicial council. The service must be proved under subsection (c) of K. approved by the court and filed. (e) Mailing copy of notice.A. Stat. When the affidavit or declaration is filed. service may proceed by publication. (1) Where to publish notice. (3) Form of notice. and judgment. (4) Property description. The party seeking service by publication must. and amendments thereto. the petition or other pleading will be taken as true. When the action affects property. (d) Publication. the nature of which must be stated. mail a copy of the publication notice to each defendant whose address is stated in the affidavit or declaration for service by publication. actions involving property. but the property may be identified by reference to the pleading. the notice need not expressly describe the property unless the description is otherwise required by law. If there is no newspaper published in the county. on or before a specified date not less than 41 days after the date the notice is first published. (f) When service complete. Ann. will be rendered accordingly. the notice may be published in a newspaper having general circulation in the county. Service by publication is complete when it has been made in the manner and for the time prescribed in subsections (d) and (e). (2) Contents of notice. (B) the defendant must answer the petition or other pleading or otherwise defend.S. The notice is sufficient if in substantial compliance with the form set forth by the judicial council. 60-312. § 60-307 (West) 57 . within seven days after the first publication. No judgment by default may be entered on the service until proof of service is made.

if: (i) The conception of the child results from the act. for all obligations arising for maintenance.S. whether by contract. and amendments thereto. who in person or through an agent or instrumentality does any of the following acts.A. operated or monitored in this state. or any other competent proof. Service outside state ** contains non-resident motorist statute ** (a) Proof and effect. (H) living in a marital relationship in this state notwithstanding subsequent departure from this state. A default judgment rendered on service outside this state may be set aside only on a showing that is timely and sufficient under subsection (b) of K. for a business or commercial user when the services supplied to the user are managed. (E) entering into an express or implied contract. (J) having sexual intercourse in this state. to set aside a default judgment. tariff or otherwise. and (ii) the other party to the act or the child continues to reside in this state.A.S. (1) Service of process may be made on any party outside this state. If on a party domiciled in this state or on a party that has submitted to the jurisdiction of the courts of this state. or (ii) products. with a corporation or partnership residing or doing business in this state under which the corporation or partnership has supplied transportation services or communication service or equipment. 53-601. (K) entering into an express or implied arrangement. and amendments thereto. (I) serving as insurer of a person at the time of an act by the person which is the subject of an action in a court of competent jurisdiction in this state which results in judgment being taken against the person. with a resident of this state to be performed in whole or in part by either party in this state. (1) Any person. at the time of the injury.S. such service provides personal jurisdiction over that party. materials or things processed. (G) causing to persons or property in this state an injury arising out of an act or omission outside this state by the defendant if. thereby submits the person and. if an individual. and amendments thereto.A. manager. manner and place of service. trustee or other officer of any corporation organized under the laws of or having a place of business in this state or as executor or administrator of any estate in this state. 60-260. if the other party to the marital relationship continues to reside in this state. (F) acting in this state as director.KSA 60-308 60-308. provided that the person is given reasonable notice 58 . stating the time. either: (i) The defendant was engaged in solicitation or service activities in this state. (D) contracting to insure any person. The court may consider the affidavit. including telephonic communication services. by mail or otherwise. using or possessing real estate located in this state. (B) committing a tortious act in this state. whether or not a citizen or resident of this state. No order of a court is required. by an officer authorized to serve process in this state or in the state where the party is served. (2) The service of process must be made: (A) In the same manner as service within this state. (3) No default may be entered until the expiration of at least 30 days after service. The server must file an affidavit or a declaration pursuant to K. or (B) by a party or the party's attorney pursuant to subsection (c) of K. declaration or any other competent proof in determining whether service has been properly made. (b) Submitting to jurisdiction. the individual's representative. to the jurisdiction of the courts of this state for any claim for relief arising from the act: (A) Transacting any business in this state. (C) owning. property or risk located in this state at the time of contracting. in an action seeking to adjudge the person to be a parent of a child and in an action to require the person to provide support for a child as provided by law. child support or property settlement under article 16 of this chapter. serviced or manufactured by the defendant anywhere were used or consumed in this state in the ordinary course of trade or use. 60-303. otherwise it provides in rem jurisdiction over specifically identified property that party has in this state.

that arranging or continuing the transportation services or communication services may result in jurisdiction under this section. or (L) having contact with this state which would support jurisdiction consistent with the constitutions of the United States and of this state. (c) Section not exclusive. (2) A person submits to the jurisdiction of the courts of this state for a claim for relief which did not arise in this state if substantial. 59 . Nothing in this section affects the right to serve process in any other manner provided by law. continuous and systematic contact with this state is established which would support jurisdiction consistent with the constitutions of the United States and of this state.

(3) the defendant is transacting business at the time of the filing of the petition.A. including. other than an action for which venue is otherwise specifically prescribed by law.KS 60-604 – Actions Against Corporations An action against a domestic corporation. in whole or in part.S. if the plaintiff is a resident of such county at the time the cause of action arose. (4) there is located tangible personal property which is the subject of an action for the possession thereof if immediate possession is sought in accordance with K. (2) the cause of action arose. or against a foreign corporation which is qualified to do business in this state. where the subject of such action relates to transportation services or communication services supplied or rendered. using such equipment or facilities. may be brought in the county in which: (1) Its registered office is located. or (5) equipment or facilities for use in the supply of transportation services. without limitation. are located. telephonic communication services. 60 . 60-1005 and amendments thereto at the time of the filing of the action. or communication services.