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April 6, 2018 3:48 PM | Posted by James Parker-Flynn and Sylvia Walbolt | Permalink

The United States Supreme Court recently clarified that cases consolidated under Rule 42(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure retain their independent identities “at least to the extent that a final decision in one is immediately appealable by the losing party.”

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March 23, 2018 10:43 AM | Posted by Joseph H. Lang, Jr. and Ben Stearns | Permalink

It’s a cardinal rule that to preserve an argument at trial, counsel must make a contemporaneous objection. Even cardinal rules, however, have their exceptions.

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March 6, 2018 10:11 AM | Posted by Richard Ovelmen and Rachel Oostendorp | Permalink

Appellate attorneys (hopefully!) understand the need to preserve arguments for appeal by raising them before the trial court and in their opening briefing. But what about the difference between waiver and forfeiture of arguments, and the impact it makes on an appellate court's review?

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February 6, 2018 1:50 PM | Posted by Sylvia H. Walbolt and Nicholas A. Brown | Permalink

Most attorneys know that failing to contemporaneously object to an adverse ruling can subject the issue to a more stringent standard of review on appeal. For example, failing to object below to a ruling of law means that, instead of applying de novo review, the appellate court will not reverse that ruling absent fundamental or clear error.

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January 3, 2018 2:45 PM | Posted by James E. Parker-Flynn | Permalink

You’ve identified a killer issue for appeal, no doubt a winner. Congratulations! You still lose. How can that be?

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November 14, 2017 1:59 PM | Posted by David L. Luck and Stephanie A. Fichera | Permalink

Counsel contemplating an appeal often depend on the “tolling” effect of authorized post-judgment motions, which can extend an otherwise-applicable appeal deadline. In particular, in most federal civil cases, the appellant has 30 days from the rendition of the applicable final order or judgment in which to file its notice of appeal.

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September 20, 2017 11:12 AM | Posted by Christine Davis Graves and Gabriella S. Paglieri | Permalink

One of the most important factors in preserving your appellate rights is knowing when the clock starts running on your deadline to appeal. While the answer may appear simple as a matter of course, that is not always the case. In Love v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 865 F.3d 1322 (11th Cir. 2017), the Eleventh Circuit dismissed an appeal as untimely because it was not filed within 30 days of a stipulation of voluntary dismissal under Rule 41. This decision reminds practitioners that, when in doubt, assume the earliest possible deadline for your appeal.

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July 31, 2017 3:04 PM | Posted by Rick Ovelmen and Alix Cohen | Permalink

Though Statements of Jurisdiction may seem like a simple part of an appellate brief, parties often make mistakes in drafting jurisdictional statements. In fact, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently wrote: “There is no reason why, month after month, year after year, the court should encounter jurisdictional statements with such obvious flaws.” Baez-Sanchez v. Sessions, 2017 WL 2927632, at *3 (7th Cir. July 10, 2017).

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July 7, 2017 3:55 PM | Posted by Sylvia H. Walbolt and Nicholas A. Brown | Permalink
Emails can create many problems for litigants and their lawyers, but a recent appellate decision in Florida demonstrates yet another peril: proper service, and thus preservation, of demands for sanctions. read more
May 25, 2017 4:42 PM | Posted by Dean A. Morande | Permalink
Challenging an adverse judgment on appeal is an uphill battle from the start. A major part of winning an appeal requires demonstrating that an error occurred and confirming that the error was properly raised in the trial court. But more may be required. If the judgment can be affirmed on a basis unaffected by the error, then an appellate court will not reverse. read more