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Federal Litigation Guide: New York and Connecticut
Copyright 2017, Matthew Bender & Company, Inc., a member of the LexisNexis Group.

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Bringing Motions in Federal Court


Stuart A. Summit;; Victor T. Fuzak;; Lynne Fischman Uniman

Chapter Summary


This chapter from Federal Litigation Guide: New York and Connecticut discusses the general procedures of federal motions practice.

The chapter discusses the strategic importance of pretrial motions, particularly substantive motions for preliminary injunction or summary judgment. The importance of brevity, organization, and narrative are considered as well as the trend toward informal communications, such as letter briefs, that substitute for formal motions. The chapter's practice guide examines the federal rules governing motions practice, local rules for the New York and Connecticut federal district courts, papers required in support of and in opposition to motions, scheduling of motions, motions to obtain ex parte relief, motions to enlarge time, serving and filing motions, cross-motions and counter-motions, oral argument of motions, and orders. The chapter provides sample forms for an order to show cause and a notice of settlement of proposed order.

Federal Litigation Guide: New York and Connecticut (Matthew Bender) provides full coverage of civil litigation practice and procedure, from the filing of the lawsuit through judgment with emphasis on pretrial procedure. It includes local practice coverage, which ensures that the federal practitioner in New York or Connecticut is in compliance with all the local procedural rules of the court in which a case is pending, in addition to providing specific, complete analysis of the local rules of the federal district courts in New York and Connecticut. It also includes easily accessible text, which allows you to quickly find the information of specific subjects through either the chapter synopsis or the index. In addition, Federal Litigation Guide: New York and Connecticut includes strategic overviews, which provide important background on how the particular proceeding or motion fits into the overall goal of the litigation and highlights key considerations that the practitioner should keep in mind regarding the subject of that chapter. Further, this publication includes checklists, forms, and quick references to other sources for additional research.


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For a discussion of drafting pleadings, see Chapter 6, Drafting the Summons and Complaint.

For a discussion of pre-answer motions, see Chapter 10, Raising Defenses and Objections.

For a discussion of the pretrial conference, see Chapter 19, Effectively Using Pretrial Conferences.

For a discussion of summary judgment motions, see Chapter 41, Moving for Summary Judgment.


See Federal Civil Procedure Litigation Manual (Matthew Bender) for the complete text of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, along with insightful commentary on each rule, additional supporting authorities, and recent significant cases.

See Manual of Federal Practice: Forms (Matthew Bender) for all of the basic forms needed in the vast majority of cases litigated in federal courts. This resource is 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 Moore's Federal Practice--Civil (Matthew Bender) for fully annotated and practice-oriented coverage of every detail of procedure in federal civil cases, following the sequence of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

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

See Federal Evidence Practice Guide (Matthew Bender) for practical guidance on crucial evidentiary matters, including gathering evidence and pretrial procedures, demonstrative and documentary evidence, opening statements and closing arguments, expert witnesses, direct and cross-examination of witnesses, circumstantial evidence, competency and privileges, and making a record through effective objections.
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