California Pretrial Civil Procedure Practice Guide: The Wagstaffe Group

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California Pretrial Civil Procedure Practice Guide: The Wagstaffe Group has streamlined chapter organization, precise guidance, and cross-references to relevant content and forms in the Matthew Bender suite of publications. You get “in the litigation trenches” insights, tips, warnings, strategic points, checklists, and forms to save you time when accomplishing a specific California pretrial civil procedural task.

With each Practice Guide, task-oriented analyses are just the beginning. On top of the rich content and analysis you expect from LexisNexis, this guide provides:
•  Detailed, step-by-step checklists to help you make sure nothing gets missed
•  Practice tips providing spot-on insights into tasks and strategies
•  Examples and explanatory notes on procedural issues
•  Practice alerts and warnings to help you avoid pitfalls
•  Citations and cross-reference links to relevant California case law and statutes and trusted Matthew Bender® publications
•  Updates twice a year to capture mid-year updates, whereas the competition only updates annually

This practice guide gives you exhaustive coverage on all pretrial matters, including:
•  Client interview
•  Subject matter and personal jurisdiction
•  Anti-SLAPP motions
•  Pretrial injunctive relief
•  Oral depositions in California
•  Discovery motion procedure and sanctions
•  Summary judgment and summary adjudication
•  Settlement and release

The task-based format complements the thorough yet concise content and citable spot-on guidance for California practitioners.

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Table of contents


UNIT 1 Getting Started
Chapter 1 Litigation Milestone Checklists
Chapter 2 Client Interview
Chapter 3 Beginning and Terminating the Attorney-Client Relationship

UNIT 2 Choosing the Forum—Jurisdiction and Venue
Chapter 4 Choosing the Forum
Chapter 5 Analyzing Arbitration Requirements and ADR Options
Chapter 6 Analyzing Subject Matter Jurisdiction
Chapter 7 Analyzing Personal Jurisdiction
Chapter 8 Analyzing Venue
Chapter 9 Reclassification of Cases

UNIT 3 Framing the Case—Parties and Pleadings
Chapter 10 Determining Initial Parties to the Action
Chapter 11 Changing the Party Lineup (Compulsory Joinder Intervention and Substitution)
Chapter 12 Pleadings in General
Chapter 13 Complaints
Chapter 14 Jury Trial Demands
Chapter 15 Service of Summons
Chapter 16 Amended and Supplemental Pleadings
Chapter 17 Preparing the Answer
Chapter 18 Preparing a Cross-Complaint

UNIT 4 Initial Response to a Claim
Chapter 19 Initial Response to a Claim-Overview and Strategy
Chapter 20 Failure to Respond-Defaults
Chapter 21 Motions to Quash and Other Objections to Personal Jurisdiction
Chapter 22 Challenging Subject Matter Jurisdiction and Venue
Chapter 23 Challenging the Sufficiency of a Claim-Demurrers and Motions for Judgment on the Pleadings
Chapter 24 Moving to Strike
Chapter 25 Anti-SLAPP Motions
Chapter 26 Removal to Federal Court
Chapter 27 Disqualification of Judge
Chapter 28 Related Cases, Consolidation, Coordination, and Severance


UNIT 5 Case Management
Chapter 29 Case Management and Pretrial Conferences
Chapter 30 Judicial ADR-Arbitration and Mediation
Chapter 31 Reference
Chapter 32 Continuances

UNIT 6 Winning Out of the Box—Provisional Remedies
Chapter 33 Pretrial Injunctive Relief (Preliminary Injunctions and TROs)
Chapter 34 Attachment
Chapter 35 Claim and Delivery
Chapter 36 Lis Pendens

UNIT 7 Class Actions
Chapter 37 Class Actions

UNIT 8 Discovery
Chapter 38 Discovery Strategy & Planning
Chapter 39 Preservation of Evidence
Chapter 40 Scope of Discovery
Chapter 41 Interrogatories
Chapter 42 Inspection of Documents Tangible Things and Land
Chapter 43 Electronically Stored Information (ESI)
Chapter 44 Requests for Admission
Chapter 45 Oral Depositions in California
Chapter 46 Oral Depositions Outside of California
Chapter 47 Depositions on Written Questions
Chapter 48 Physical and Mental Examinations
Chapter 49 Exchanging Expert Witness Information
Chapter 50 Discovery Motion Procedure
Chapter 51 Discovery Sanctions


UNIT 9 Law and Motion Practice
Chapter 52 Law and Motion Practice
Chapter 53 Service of Papers
Chapter 54 Stipulations
Chapter 55 Motions to Reconsider and Renewed Motions

UNIT 10 Summary Judgment and Summary Adjudication
Chapter 56 Summary Judgment and Summary Adjudication

UNIT 11 Ending the Case by Settlment or Dismisal
Chapter 57 Settlement and Release
Chapter 58 Voluntary Dismissals
Chapter 59 Dismissal for Delay in Bringing Action to Trial

UNIT 12 Sanctions
Chapter 60 Sanctions

Appendix A List of Videos
Appendix B Forms
Table of Cases
Table of Statutes