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Anderson’s Ohio Pretrial Litigation Practice Manual is a complete step-by-step guide to handling a civil case prior to trial, from pre-filing investigation and planning through the final pretrial conference and settlement. The text explains the procedures governing initial and responsive pleadings, pretrial motion practice, and discovery. It also identifies potential problems, suggesting effective strategies for dealing with such matters as the argumentative deposition witness or fragmented testimony.

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• CHAPTER 1 INVESTIGATION AND PLANNING PRIOR TO COMMENCEMENT
OF ACTION

• I PROCEDURAL CONTEXT

• § 1.01 Scope

• § 1.02 Procedural Context–
The Litigator As Advocate And Fact Gatherer
II INVESTIGATION AND PLANNING PRIOR TO COMMENCEMENT OF ACTION

• § 1.03 Checklist For Investigation And Planning Prior To Commencement Of Action

• § 1.04 Investigation And Planning Prior To Commencement Of Action

• § 1.05 Best Alternative To Negotiate Agreement (BATNA): Pretrial Litigation As
Preparation For Settlement

• § 1.06 Initial Client Contact And Interview

• § 1.07 Legal Representation Agreements: Formalizing Relationships

• § 1.08 Duty To Investigate And Research Prior To Filing

• § 1.09 Identifying And Preserving Evidence

• § 1.10 Fact Witnesses

• § 1.11 Consultation With Expert Witnesses

• § 1.12 Depositions And Other Discovery Prior To Suit

• § 1.13 Conducting Initial Legal Research

• § 1.14 Developing Your Litigation Plan and Timetable

• § 1.15 Consideration Of Using Alternative Dispute Resolution

• § 1.16 Personal Jurisdiction

• § 1.17 Subject Matter Jurisdiction Of Specific Ohio Courts

• § 1.18 Venue

• § 1.19 Lis Pendens

• § 1.20 Statute Of Limitations
III FORMS

• § 1.21 Legal Representation Agreement
CHAPTER 2 THE COMPLAINT
I PROCEDURAL CONTEXT

• § 2.01 Scope

• § 2.02 Procedural Context–
The Complaint
II THE COMPLAINT

• § 2.03 Checklist For The Complaint

• § 2.04 Purposes Of The Complaint–
Procedural, Substantive And Tactical

• § 2.05 Rule Requirements

• § 2.06 Organizing Facts And Drafting The Complaint

• § 2.07 Pleading Alternative And Inconsistent Claims

• § 2.08 Form Of The Complaint–
Rule Requirements

• § 2.09 Substantive Language Of The Complaint

• § 2.10 The Jury Demand

• § 2.11 Verified Complaints

• § 2.12 Filing And Serving Of Summons And Complaint

• § 2.13 Amending The Complaint

• III FORMS

• § 2.14 Complaint

• CHAPTER 3 RESPONSIVE PLEADINGS

• I PROCEDURAL CONTEXT

• § 3.01 Scope

• § 3.02 Procedural Context–
Responsive Pleadings

• § 3.03 Checklist For Responsive Pleadings

• § 3.04 Purpose And Timing Of Responsive Pleadings

• § 3.05 Civil Rule 12(B) Motions

• § 3.06 Other Civil Rule 12 Motions

• § 3.07 Motion For Extension Of Time To Answer, Move Or Otherwise Plead

• § 3.08 Answer

• § 3.09 Affirmative Defenses Are Governed By Civil Rule 8(C)

• § 3.10 Cross-Claims

• § 3.11 Counterclaims

• § 3.12 Third-Party Practice–
Impleader

• § 3.13 Rule 22 Interpleader

• § 3.14 Intervention

• II AMENDING PLEADINGS

• § 3.15 Amendment Of Pleadings

• § 3.16 Chart For Drafting Responsive Pleading

• III FORMS

• § 3.17 Motion To Dismiss For Lack Of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

• § 3.18 Motion To Dismiss For Lack Of Personal Jurisdiction

• § 3.19 Motion To Transfer For Improper Venue

• § 3.20 Motion To Dismiss For Insufficiency Of Process

• § 3.21 Motion To Dismiss For Failure To State A Claim Upon Which Relief Can Be
Granted

• § 3.22 Motion To Dismiss For Failure To Join An Indispensable Party

• § 3.23 Motion For Judgment On The Pleadings

• § 3.24 Motion For A Definite Statement

• § 3.25 Defendant’s Motion To Strike

• § 3.26 Stipulation Extending Time For Defendant To Move, Answer Or Otherwise
Plead

• § 3.27 Request For An Extension Of Time

• § 3.28 Motion For Enlargement Of Time

• § 3.29 Answer

• § 3.30 Cross-Claim

• § 3.31 Answer And Counterclaim

• § 3.32 Third-Party Complaint

• § 3.33 Motion For Leave To Intervene As A Defendant

• § 3.34 Motion For Leave To Amend

• CHAPTER 4 SCOPE OF FORMAL DISCOVERY

• I PROCEDURAL CONTEXT

• § 4.01 Scope

• § 4.02 Procedural Context–
Scope Of Formal Discovery

• § 4.03 Checklist For Scope Of Formal Discovery

• § 4.04 Overview Of The Discovery Process

• § 4.05 Relevancy And Scope Of Discovery

• § 4.06 Insurance Agreements

• § 4.07 Discoverability Of Experts

• § 4.08 Privilege And Other Bars To Discovery
CHAPTER 5 INTERROGATORIES
I PROCEDURAL CONTEXT

• § 5.01 Scope

• § 5.02 Procedural Context–
Interrogatories

• II UNDERSTANDING PURPOSE, SCOPE, AND USE OF INTERROGATORIES

• § 5.03 Checklist For Using Interrogatories

• § 5.04 Purpose Of Interrogatories

• § 5.05 Scope And Use Of Interrogatories

• III TIMING AND COORDINATING WITH OTHER DISCOVERY METHODS

• § 5.06 Timing And Coordination With Other Discovery Methods

• IV DRAFTING AND RESPONDING TO INTERROGATORIES

• § 5.07 Drafting Interrogatories

• § 5.08 Responding To Interrogatories

• V CHALLENGING RESPONSES AND SUPPLEMENTING ANSWERS TO
INTERROGATORIES

• § 5.09 Challenging Responses To Interrogatories

• § 5.10 Supplementing Answers To Interrogatories

• VI MULTIPLE SETS OF INTERROGATORIES

• § 5.11 Multiple Sets Of Interrogatories

• VII FORMS

• § 5.12 Interrogatories

• CHAPTER 6 REQUEST FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS AND THINGS

• I PROCEDURAL CONTEXT

• § 6.01 Scope

• § 6.02 Procedural Context–
Request For Production Of Documents And Things

• II CIVIL RULE 34

• § 6.03 Checklist For Requests For Production Of Documents And Things

• § 6.04 Purpose And Scope Of Civil Rule 34

• III TIMING AND COORDINATION WITH OTHER DISCOVERY METHODS

• § 6.05 Timing And Coordination With Other Discovery Methods

• IV REQUESTING PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

• § 6.06 Investigation And Organization Prior To Serving Requests

• § 6.07 Drafting Requests For Production Of Documents

• V RESPONSES TO REQUESTS FOR PRODUCTION

• § 6.08 Responding To Requests For Production

• § 6.09 Reviewing And Challenging Responses To Requests For Production

• VI OBTAINING DOCUMENTS AND TANGIBLE THINGS FROM NON-PARTIES

• § 6.10 Obtaining Documents And Tangible Things From Non-Parties

• VII MULTIPLE REQUESTS FOR PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTS

• § 6.11 Multiple Sets Of Requests For Production Of Documents And Things

• VIII FORMS

• § 6.12 Request For Production Of Documents

• CHAPTER 7 REQUESTS FOR ADMISSION

• I PROCEDURAL CONTEXT

• § 7.01 Scope

• § 7.02 Procedural Context–
Requests For Admission

• II CIVIL RULE 36

• § 7.03 Checklist For Requests For Admission

• § 7.04 Purpose and Scope of Civil Rule 36 Is To Compel Admission Of Matters
Which Ought To Be Admitted

• III TIMING AND COORDINATION WITH OTHER DISCOVERY METHODS

• § 7.05 Timing And Coordination With Other Discovery Devices

• IV DRAFTING AND RESPONDING TO REQUESTS FOR ADMISSION

• § 7.06 Drafting Requests For Admission

• § 7.07 Responding To Requests For Admission

• V CONSEQUENCES OF DENYING OR ADMITTING REQUESTS FOR ADMISSION

• § 7.08 Consequences Of Denying Or Admitting Requests For Admission

• VI CHALLENGING, CHANGING, OR AMENDING RESPONSES TO REQUESTS FOR
ADMISSION

• § 7.09 Challenging Responses To Requests For Admission

• § 7.10 Changing Or Amending Responses To Requests For Admission

• VII MULTIPLE SETS OF REQUESTS FOR ADMISSION

• § 7.11 Multiple Sets Of Requests For Admission

• VIII FORMS

• § 7.12 Requests For Admission

• CHAPTER 8 PHYSICAL AND MENTAL EXAMINATION OF PERSONS

• I PROCEDURAL CONTEXT

• § 8.01 Scope

• § 8.02 Procedural Context–
Physical And Mental Examinations

• II CIVIL RULE 35

• § 8.03 Checklist For Physical And Mental Examinations

• § 8.04 Requirements And Scope Of Civil Rule 35

• III GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES FOR EXAMINATIONS

• § 8.05 Selecting Examiners

• § 8.06 Requesting Examinations

• § 8.07 Defending Against Motions For Examinations

• § 8.08 Persons Permitted To Be Present During Examinations

• IV EXCHANGING REPORTS

• § 8.09 Exchange Of Reports

• V MULTIPLE EXAMINATIONS

• § 8.10 Multiple Examinations

• VI FORMS

• § 8.11 Motion For Physical Examination

• CHAPTER 9 TAKING AND DEFENDING DEPOSITIONS

• I PROCEDURAL CONTEXT

• § 9.01 Scope

• § 9.02 Procedural Context–
Taking And Defending Depositions

• II PURPOSE AND SCOPE OF DEPOSITIONS

• § 9.03 Checklist For Taking And Defending Depositions

• § 9.04 Purpose And Scope Of Depositions

• III TIMING AND COORDINATION WITH OTHER DISCOVERY METHODS

• § 9.05 Timing And Coordination With Other Discovery Devices

• IV PRE-DEPOSITION FACTORS AND MECHANICS

• § 9.06 Factors In Deciding Whether To Take Depositions

• § 9.07 Mechanics Of Noticing And Scheduling Depositions

• V PREPARING TO TAKE A DEPOSITION

• § 9.08 Preparing To Take Depositions

• VI DEPOSITION SETTINGS

• § 9.09 Lawyer Demeanor At Depositions

• § 9.10 Room And Seating Arrangements

• VII INSTRUCTIONS, TESTIMONY, AND OBJECTIONS IN DEPOSITIONS

• § 9.11 Initial Instructions To the Deponent

• § 9.12 The Deposition as Document

• § 9.13 Consultation Between Deponent and Counsel

• § 9.14 Summarizing Contradictory And Disjointed Testimony

• § 9.15 Handling Verbose Or Argumentative Witnesses

• § 9.16 Speaking Objections And Other Interferences

• § 9.17 Tenacity And Gumption In Questioning

• § 9.18 Going Off The Record

• § 9.19 Instructions Not To Answer

• § 9.20 Substantive Objections At Depositions

• VIII DOCUMENTS IN DEPOSITIONS

• § 9.21 Documents And Other Exhibits

• IX PREPARING AND DEFENDING WITNESSES

• § 9.22 Preparing And Defending Witnesses At Depositions

• § 9.23 Examining Your Own Witness

• X ENDING DEPOSITIONS

• § 9.24 Conduct At The End Of Depositions

• XI TRANSCRIPTS

• § 9.25 Reading, Correcting and Signing Transcripts

• XII DEPOSITION BY WRITTEN INTERROGATORIES

• § 9.26 Deposition By Written Interrogatories

• XIII FORMS

• § 9.27 Notice Of Deposition

• CHAPTER 10 ELECTRONIC DISCOVERY

• I PROCEDURAL CONTEXT

• § 10.01 Scope

• § 10.02 Procedural Context–
Electronic Discovery

• § 10.03 Checklist For Conducting Electronic Discovery

• § 10.04 Civil Rules Governing Electronic Discovery

• § 10.05 The Case Law Governing Electronic Discovery In Ohio

• § 10.06 Developing Law Of Electronically Stored Information In Other Jurisdictions

• CHAPTER 11 JUDICIAL INTERVENTION IN THE DISCOVERY PROCESS

• I PROCEDURAL CONTEXT

• § 11.01 Scope

• § 11.02 Procedural Context–
Judicial Intervention In The Discovery Process

• § 11.03 Checklist For Judicial Intervention In The Discovery Process

• § 11.04 Discovery Abuse And Remedies

• § 11.05 Preference For Judicial Non-Intervention

• II PROTECTIVE ORDERS

• § 11.06 Protective Orders

• III COMPELLING AND ENFORCING DISCOVERY

• § 11.07 Compelling Discovery And Obtaining Sanctions

• § 11.08 Enforcing Discovery From Non-Parties

• IV FORMS

• § 11.09 Motion To Compel Discovery

• § 11.10 Motion for Sanctions

• CHAPTER 12 PRETRIAL MOTION PRACTICE

• I PROCEDURAL CONTEXT

• § 12.01 Scope

• § 12.02 Procedural Context–
Pretrial Motion Practice

• II OVERVIEW OF MOTION PRACTICE

• § 12.03 Checklist For Pretrial Motion Practice

• § 12.04 Overview Of Motion Practice

• § 12.05 Timing Of Pretrial Motions

• III PREPARING, DRAFTING, AND RESPONDING TO MOTIONS

• § 12.06 Preparation

• § 12.07 Mechanics And Form

• § 12.08 Drafting Motions

• § 12.09 Responding To Motions

• IV MOTIONS FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT

• § 12.10 Motions For Summary Judgment

• V ORAL ARGUMENTS

• § 12.11 Effective Oral Argument

• VI APPEALING RULINGS ON PRETRIAL LITIGATION

• § 12.12 Appeal Of Rulings On Pretrial Motions

• VII FORMS

• § 12.13 Motion For Summary Judgment

• § 12.14 Memorandum In Opposition To Motion For Summary Judgment

• CHAPTER 13 PRETRIAL CONFERENCES AND SETTLEMENT

• I PROCEDURAL CONTEXT

• § 13.01 Scope

• § 13.02 Procedural Context–
Pretrial Conferences and Settlement

• II THE REQUIREMENTS OF PRETRIAL CONFERENCES AND SETTLEMENT

• § 13.03 Checklist For Pretrial Conferences And Settlement

• § 13.04 Requirements Of Pretrial Conferences

• § 13.05 Pretrial Statements

• III JUDICIAL APPROACHES TO PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

• § 13.06 Judicial Approaches To Pretrial Conferences

• IV STRATEGIES, GOALS, AND OBJECTIVES AT FINAL PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

• § 13.07 Strategies, Goals and Objectives at the Final Pretrial Conference

• V EVALUATING THE CASE

• § 13.08 Evaluating Your Case

• VI EFFECTIVE SETTLEMENT NEGOTIATIONS

• § 13.09 Arm Twisting And Other Judicial Settlement Techniques

• § 13.10 Effective Settlement Negotiations

• VII DRAFTING AND ENFORCING SETTLEMENT AGREEMENTS AND RELATED
DOCUMENTS

• § 13.11 Drafting Settlement Agreements And Related Documents

• § 13.12 Enforcing Settlement Agreements

• VIII STRUCTURED SETTLEMENTS

• § 13.13 Structured Settlements

• IX FORMS

• § 13.14 Mandatory Pretrial Statement

• § 13.15 Settlement Agreement and Release

• § 13.16 Structured Settlement Agreement

• Ohio Rules of Civil Procedure

• Table of Cases