John Maley discusses proposed rule amendments and a study on 12(b)(6) motions.
As most litigators know, in Asahi Metal v. Superior Court of Cal., 480 U.S. 102 (1987), a plurality of the Supreme Court embraced the stream-of-commerce theory of personal jurisdiction, which generally holds that if a manufacturer or distributor has sufficient knowledge and control of its distribution system, it can be sued in a state in which its products cause injury. Since Asahi Metal, the theory has evolved somewhat in federal and state appellate courts but had not been revisited by the Supreme Court.
The Southern District of Indiana has amended its Uniform Case Management Plan to include new language regarding summary judgment motions.
As federal practitioners know, the 7th Circuit is particularly strict about protecting public access to federal court filings.
Effective Jan. 1, the Southern District of Indiana amended three local rules affecting civil practice, plus Local Criminal Rule 13.1 affecting criminal practice and sentencing (see the court’s website for the text of all rule changes).
As previewed in prior columns, effective Dec. 1 various amendments took effect to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (as well as appellate, criminal, and evidence rules).
Significant rule changes are occurring to various district rules and local rules next month.
In the Southern District of Indiana, settlement conferences are routinely held in most civil cases before the assigned magistrate judge.
For 2010, the Supreme Court approved a package of amendments in late April that will amend several appellate rules, bankruptcy rules, criminal rules, civil rules, and an evidence rule.
John Maley writes about how one recent discovery order is interesting and has potential broader significance beyond the dispute
between the parties.
As federal practitioners well know by now, sweeping changes to the federal rules took effect Dec. 1, with most of those changes
incorporating the “days are days” time computation amendments.
For diversity jurisdiction purposes, one area of uncertainty for many years has been how to determine the citizenship of a