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