LexisNexis Practice Guide: Massachusetts Civil Pretrial Practice
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Containing over 60 checklists, 150 practice tips, and dozens of crucial forms, this portable, task-oriented guide to the technical and legal aspects of pretrial practice provides authoritative analysis and solutions in the following areas:
- Obtaining jurisdiction;
- Determining venue;
- Obtaining TRO or preliminary injunction;
- Attachments and trustee process;
- Lis Pendens;
- Drafting, filing and serving complaint and summons;
- Requesting or waiving jury trial;
- Responsive pleadings;
- Motions addressed to pleadings;
- Claims against third parties;
- Joinder, intervention and interpleaders;
- Anti-SLAPP statute;
- Single justice practice;
- Document requests;
- Discovery of facts known and opinions held by experts;
- Objecting to discovery requests;
- Protective orders;
- Discovery sanctions;
- Amended and supplemental pleadings;
- Requesting and using admissions;
- Summary judgment; and
- Consolidation, severance and separate trials.
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Table of contents
Chapter 1 Jurisdiction and Venue
Chapter 2 Preliminary Relief
Chapter 3 Complaint and Service
Chapter 4 Responding: Dismissal, Answers, Affirmative Defenses and Counterclaims
Chapter 5 Cross-Claims and Interpleader, Intervention and Third Party Practice
Chapter 6 Interlocutory Relief: Anti-Slapp and Single Justice Practice
Chapter 7 Interrogatories and Document Requests
Chapter 8 Depositions
Chapter 9 Scope of Discovery: Objections, Protective Orders and Sanctions
Chapter 10 Amended and Supplemental Pleadings, Requests for Admission
Chapter 11 Summary Judgments
Chapter 12 Completing Discovery and Preparing for Trial
Appendix A Massachusetts Superior Court Standing Order 1-88: Time Standards
Appendix B Superior Court Standing Order 1-09
Appendix C Timetable for Massachusetts Civil Practice
Table of Cases