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Federal Civil Procedure Litigation Manual
Copyright 2017, Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., a member of the LexisNexis Group.

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Rule 21. Misjoinder and Nonjoinder of parties.


Glen Weissenberger;; A.J. Stephani

Chapter Summary


This chapter of Federal Civil Procedure Litigation Manual (Matthew Bender) covers Rule 21 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

The chapter discusses the effect of misjoinder on existing parties, explains Rule 21's role in implementing Rules 18-20, and addresses whether misjoinder is a proper ground for the dismissal of an action in its entirety. The chapter also provides additional authority which examines the interpretation and application of Rule 21. The chapter concludes with references to leading cases covering such topics as the dismissal of parties, fraudulent joinders, and motions to sever claims or remove parties.

Federal Civil Procedure Litigation Manual (Matthew Bender) offers a practical guide to the intricacies of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. It contains the complete text of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Each rule is then individually annotated with insightful commentary, additional supporting authorities, and recent significant cases. The manual was specifically designed to aid both the legal practitioner and judge, and is updated annually to encompass changes in the Rules or supporting case law. Federal Civil Procedure Litigation Manual includes insightful commentary in clear prose to delineate the practical meanings of each Rule; additional authority with suggestions for additional research tools; a list of current judicial interpretations of each Rule; and Official Forms, relevant United States Code provisions, and Proposed Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.


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For treatment of the joinder of claims, see Chapter 18.

For coverage of the required joinder of parties, see Chapter 19.

For discussion of the permissive joinder of parties, see Chapter 20.


For fully annotated and practice-oriented coverage of every detail of procedure in federal civil cases which follows the sequence of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, see Moore's Federal Practice--Civil (Matthew Bender).

For answers to questions about federal pretrial practice and procedure, including forum selection, removal, parties, pleading, provisional remedies, discovery, and pretrial motions, see Moore's AnswerGuide: Federal Pretrial Civil Litigation (Matthew Bender).

For comprehensive and authoritative analysis on federal civil, criminal, appellate, and admiralty procedure, along with the full text of the federal rules and extensive commentary and analysis of the rules and cases interpreting the rules, see Moore's Federal Practice (Matthew Bender).

For thorough coverage of federal civil procedure from filing the complaint, to conducting discovery, through trial and appeal, see Federal Litigation Guide (Matthew Bender).

For all of the basic forms needed in the vast majority of cases litigated in federal courts in a resource organized chronologically in the order of tasks normally performed by attorneys handling litigation, covering jurisdiction, venue and transfer, pleadings, parties, preliminary motions, discovery, pretrial matters, trials, and appeals, see Manual of Federal Practice: Forms (Matthew Bender).
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