Syllabus for Civil Procedure
Fall 2017

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1) This syllabus is provisional only! Some changes may be made throughout the semester. Make sure that you are looking at the most current version of the syllabus (e.g. by refreshing your browser).

2) You should make use of the links to the specific Federal Rules and statutory and constitutional provisions that are provided in this syllabus (nad on the webpage for the course) when reading these materials for class, because these links give you an edited version that excludes unrelated and unassigned material.

The casebook for the course is Glannon, Perlman, Raven-Hasen (GPR), Civil Procedure: A Coursebook (3rd ed. 2017)

Mon. Aug. 21

Introduction to Civil Procedure

The Structure of the Federal and State Court Systems

Introduction to Subject Matter Jurisdiction

The Progress of a Civil Suit

The Sources of Procedural Law

GPR pp. 3-38

Wed. Aug. 23

Diversity Subject Matter Jurisdiction
GPR pp. 41-59

U.S. Const. Art. III, 2, cl. 1; 28 U.S.C. 1332

Thurs. Aug. 24

Diversity Subject Matter Jurisdiction Continued

GPR pp. 59-82

28 U.S.C. 1332(c)(1)


Mon. Aug. 28

Diversity Subject Matter Jurisdiction Continued

Federal Question Subject Matter Jurisdiction 

GPR pp. 82-102

U.S. Const. Art. III, 2, cl. 1; 28 U.S.C. 1331

Wed. Aug. 30

Federal Question Subject Matter Jurisdiction Continued

GPR 102-125

Thurs. Aug. 31


GPR 127-144

28 U.S.C. 1441(a)-(b), (f) 

28 U.S.C. 1446(c)(2)
28 U.S.C. 1446(a)-(d) 

Mon. Sept. 4

Personal Jurisdiction - Pennoyer Framework

GPR 147-164

 U.S. Const. Amend. XIV 1 and Art IV, 1; 28 U.S.C. 1738 

Wed. Sept. 6

Personal Jurisdiction - International Shoe

GPR 164-78

Thurs. Sept. 7

Specific Personal Jurisdiction

GPR 179-212

Mon. Sept. 11

Specific Personal Jurisdiction Continued

GPR 213-248

Wed. Sept. 13

General In Personam Jurisdiction

In Rem and Quasi in Rem Jurisdiction

GPR 249-86

Thurs. Sept. 14



Long-Arm Statutes

Personal Jurisdiction in Federal Court under FRCP 4(k)

GPR 286-325

Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(k)
U.S. Const. Amend. V 

Mon. Sept. 18

Notice and Service

GPR 327-363

 Fed. R. Civ. P. 3; 4(a)-(b); 4(c)(1); 4(c)(2); 4(e); 4(h); 4(l)-(m); 77(a)
 Form 3 (.pdf)

Wed. Sept. 20


GPR 367-384

28 U.S.C. 1391(a)-(d)

Thurs. Sept. 21

Challenges to Venue

History of Pleading

Notice Pleading

GPR 385-438

Fed. R. Civ. P. 1, 2, 8(a), 10(a)-(b)
Form 11 (.pdf)

Mon. Sept. 24

Notice Pleading

Pleading with Particularity

GPR 438-73

Fed. R. Civ. P. 9(b)

Wed. Sept. 26

Responding to a Complaint

GPR 475-524

Fed. R. Civ. P. 7; 8(b)-(d); 12(a)(1)-(2), (4); 12(b); 12(e)-(f); 55(a)    

Thurs. Sept. 27

Rule 11

GPR 525-558

Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(d), 11

Mon. Oct. 2

Amending Pleadings

GPR 559-603

Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a), 15(c), (d)

Wed. Oct. 4

Thurs. Oct. 5

Mon. Oct. 9

Wed. Oct. 11

Thurs. Oct. 12

Mon. Oct. 16 [break]

Wed. Oct. 18

Thurs. Oct. 19

Mon. Oct. 23

Wed. Oct. 25

Thurs. Oct. 26

Mon. Oct. 30

Wed. Nov. 1 [away for conference]

Thurs. Nov. 2 [away for conference]

Mon. Nov. 6

Wed. Nov. 8

Thurs. Nov. 9

Mon. Nov. 13

Wed. Nov. 15

Thurs. Nov. 16

Mon. Nov. 20 

Wed. Nov. 22 [break]

Thurs. Nov. 23 [break]

Mon. Nov. 27

Wed. Nov. 29 [day off]

Thurs. Nov. 30 [day off]

II. Initiating a Lawsuit
    1. Drafting a Complaint
        Field & Kaplan (F&K) 33-45 [do questions 2, 4-9; stop where "Statements of Claim in the Alternative" begins] 

        Twombly Complaint (just to pass your eyes over, do not read)

        Study Questions
    2. Pleading Fraud

        Study Questions
    3. Rule 11
        F&K 45-49 [do question 10-12]
        Study Questions
    4. Filing, Service
        Glannon Ch. 18 [EXCEPT pp. 351-55, that is, sections entitled "Relation of Service of Process to Personal Jurisdiction" and "Federal 'Long-Arm Statute' in Rule 4") [do Examples 1-10, 11a, 12a, 13a, & 14a in Ch. 18 of Glannon.]
        U.S. Const. Amend. V & U.S. Const. Amend. XIV 1
        F&K 659-61
        Study Questions

III. The Pleading Period
    1. Defenses: Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction
        a. Federal Question
           F&K 226-31 [do not read beyond question (6) on p. 231,
do not read footnote a on p. 227]  [do questions 1-4 and 6] 
           F&K 241-42 [Section (F) only] [do question 18]
           F&K 421-23 [do question 6]
           Recommended: Glannon 63-73
           Study Questions

        c. Removal

            F&K 239-41 [do all questions]
            F&K 461 [do questions 22 and 23 (on the next page)]
            Glannon Ch. 7 [do all Examples]

Study Questions
        d. Diversity: The Amount in Controversy.
            F&K 457-59 [do question 18]
            Glannon 96-99 [do Examples 12 and 13]

Study Questions
    2. Defenses: Lack of Personal Jurisdiction
        a. Personal Jurisdiction in State Court

            i. The Pennoyer Framework
                NOTE: We will not read Pennoyer - instead, I will have you read some sections of the First Restatement of the Conflict of Laws discussing the Pennoyer framework. Note that the First Restatement articulates what state law on personal jurisdiction generally was at the time of Pennoyer up to International Shoe. This may differ from what state courts may constitutionally do under the Pennoyer framework. The constitutional restrictions on state court under the Pennoyer will be further discussed in class. I have also included the Second Restatement's discussion of the distinction between in personam, in rem, and quasi in rem.

    First Restatement on Pennoyer

    Second Restatement on In Personam, In Rem and Quasi In Rem


    Study Questions
            ii. Elaborating the Pennoyer Framework
F&K 499
                F&K 503 [section entitled "Jurisdictional Amount" - do questions 6-8]
                F&K 503-06 [start at "Presence as Basis for Jurisdiction"; end right before "Grace v. MacArthur"] [do question 9]
                F&K 507-10  [Start at "Fraud and Force" don't do Hess] [do questions 11, 13, 14, 17-19]
                F&K 516-19 [ "Appearance as Defendant"; don't do Hess] [do not do questions]

    Study Questions
            iii. The International Shoe Framework
                F&K 520-531 (start at "Foreign Corporations: Background of the International Shoe Case") 

    Study Questions
            iv. General Jurisdiction
                F&K 533-37 
                Goodyear Dunlop Tires Operations, S.A. v. Brown, No. 1076 (June 27, 2011)

Study Questions

    Daimler AG v. Bauman, No. 11-965 (January 14, 2014)

    Study Questions on Daimler

v. Specific Jurisdiction
                F&K 537-540 [stop at Modern Jurisdictional Statutes] [do question 32] 

    Study Questions
            vi. Specific Jurisdiction: Products Moved by Consumers
                F&K 581-91 

Study Questions

 vii. Specific Jurisdiction: Stream-of-Commerce
                F&K 596-97

Study Questions

  Asahi Metal Industry Co. v. Superior Court of California, 480 U.S. 102 (1987)

  J. McIntyre Machinery, Ltd. v. Nicastro, No. 09-1343 (June 27, 2011)

  Study Questions
            viii. Specific Jurisdiction: Intentional Torts

Walden v. Fiore, No. 12-574 (February 25, 2014)

Study Questions

xi. Are Quasi-In-Rem Actions Still Viable?
                F&K 566-78 [do question 41] 

    Study Questions

x. Is Tagging Still Viable?
                F&K 598-600
                F&K 506-07 [Grace v. MacArthur only]

    Study Questions

 xi. Review of Personal Jurisdiction
                No other study questions
         b. Personal Jurisdiction in Federal Court
            Glannon 113-14; Glannon 352-55

Study Questions
    3. Defenses: Lack of Venue
       Recommended: Glannon Ch. 8 [all Examples]

Study Questions
    4. Distinguishing Personal Jurisdiction, Venue and Subject Matter Jurisdiction
         Glannon Ch. 9 [do all Examples]
         Recommended: Glannon 109-113 [and all Examples for Ch. 6]
         No study questions other than those in Glannon
    5. Answers, Pre-Answer Motions, Defenses, Waiver of Defenses
        F&K 49-51 [section entitled "Types of defenses and objections"] [do questions 14 & 16]
        F&K 60-61 [section entitled "Replying to Defenses"] [do questions 24-25]
        Glannon Ch. 19 [do all questions] 

Study Questions
    6. Amending
        F&K 67-74 [do question 34, 39 and 40]
        Glannon pp. 385-93 [do Examples 1-11]

Study Questions
     7. Joinder and Complex Litigation
        a. Compulsory Joinder of Actions/Claim Preclusion
    F&K 691-95 [do all questions]
Study Questions
                F&K 699-704 [do all questions, including questions (4)-(6)]
                F&K 714 [sections entitled "On the Merits" and "Restatement (Second) of Judgments"; do question 19]
                Recommended: Glannon Chs. 26-27

Study Questions
            b. Counterclaims
                Fed. R. Civ. P. 13(a)-(c)
                F&K 61-66 [do questions 26, 31-33]
                F&K 515 [Adam v. Saenger only] [do questions 25 and 26]

Study Questions
            c. Joinder of Parties and Claims
                Fed. R. Civ. P. 13(g)-(h); 14(a)-(b); 18(a); 20(a)
                Glannon Chs. 13 & 14 [do all Examples]
                Intersection of the Joinder Rules with Personal Jurisdiction and Venue

Study Questions
            d. Necessary Parties
                Fed. R. Civ. P. 19(a)-(b)
                Glannon 283-90 [do questions 1-6]

Study Questions
            e. Intervention
                Fed. R. Civ. P. 24(a)-(b)
                Glannon 290-95 [do questions 7-13]

Study Questions
            f. Pendent/Ancillary/Supplemental Jurisdiction
                U.S. Const. Art. III, 2, cl. 1
                Distinguishing Pendent and Ancillary Jurisdiction
                28 U.S.C. 1367
                Glannon  Ch. 16 [do all questions] [NOTE: The second paragraph in the answer to Question 8 in the new edition of Glannon (on p. 326) is wrong.]

Study Questions
            g. Removal and 1441(c)
28 USC 1441(c)

Study Questions
    8. Issue Preclusion
        a. Introduction to Issue Preclusion
            F&K 725-736 [do questions 2-3, 5-12, 16-17]
            Recommended: Glannon Ch. 28 

Study Questions
        b. Exceptions to Issue Preclusion
            F&K 738-39 [Moser case only]
            F&K 745 (2d Rest.) 

Study Questions
        c. Privity
            F&K 751-52 (don't do section on 2d Restatement)

Study Questions
        d. The Mutuality Requirement
            F&K 758-59 [do question 4] 

Study Questions
        e. Nonmutual Issue Preclusion - Bernhard
            F&K 760-65 [do questions 5-8, 10] 

Study Questions
        f. Nonmutual Issue Preclusion in the Federal Courts: Parklane Hosiery
            F&K 768-71
            Recommended: Glannon Ch. 29

Study Questions

IV. Discovery Period

    1. Disclosure/Discovery
        F&K 74-78 [stop at section entitled "Depositions upon oral examination"; do questions]
        Glannon 435-63 [do Examples 1-17]

Study Questions
    2. Limits on Discovery/Sanctions
        Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(b); 26(g)
        F&K 93-94 [section entitled "Sanctions for failure to make disclosures or to cooperate in discovery"] [don't do questions]
       Glannon Ch. 21 [do all questions]

Study Questions
     3. Terminating Litigation Early/Summary Judgment
       Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(c)-(d), 56
        F&K 125-28 [do questions 82-83, 85]

Study Questions

V. Trials, Judgments, Enforcement of Judgments

    1. Verdicts, Directed Verdicts and Judgments N.O.V.
        F&K 198-204 [do question 38-41]
        No study questions.
    2. Judgments, Enforcement of Judgments
        F&K 217-19 [do question 5 only]
        No study questions.

VI. The Erie Doctrine

    1. Swift v. Tyson & Erie Railroad v. Tompkins
  I will talk you through this. We will not have time to read Erie itself.

    2. Federal Courts' Determination of State Law
        Glannon 187-88 [do Examples 6-9] 

Study Questions
    3. Erie and "Procedure"
        U.S. Const. Art. I, 8, cls. 9 & 18; U.S. Const. Art. III, 1; 28 U.S.C. 2072
F&K 337 ["Burden of Proof in Diversity Actions"] 
        F&K 355-58, 364-376 [do questions 10-11] 

Study Questions
    4. Federal Procedural Common Law After Hanna
F&K 379-80 [Walker]; 803-06 [Semtek]
        Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b)   

Study Questions
    5. Horizontal (State-State) Choice of Law in Federal Court
F&K 337-39

Study Questions
    6. Shady Grove

Shady Grove Orthopedic Assoc. v. Allstate

Study Questions