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Pennsylvania Motion Practice

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Steven E. Bizar


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Motion practice is a significant part of any litigation practice and can be dispositive of many or most issues. A winning motion can significantly reshape the trajectory of your case. Pennsylvania Motion Practice will give you a thorough understanding of the rules and procedures governing motion practice in Pennsylvania state courts. This book will guide you through the requirements for preliminary motions, preliminary objections, motions for judgment on the pleadings, motions for class certification, discovery motions, summary judgment motions, pre-trial motions, trial motions, motions for post-trial relief, and appellate motions.

Chapters Include:

1   What is a Motion?

2   Preliminary Motions

3   Preliminary Objections

4   Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings

5   Motion for Class Certification

6   Discovery Motions

7   Summary Judgment Motions

8   Pre-Trial Motions

9   Trial Motions

10 Motions for Post-Trial Relief

11 Appellate Motions


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  • Availability: Available
  • Brand: The Legal Intelligencer
  • Product Type: Books
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Page Count: 400
  • ISBN: 978-1-62881-180-3
  • Pub#/SKU#: PMP16
  • Pub Date: 09/30/2016

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  • Steven E. Bizar


Steven E. Bizar, Partner at Dechert LLP, has more than two decades of experience spanning a diverse range of antitrust and trade regulation, contracts and business torts, government investigations, insurance and reinsurance, securities and corporate governance matters. Mr. Bizar regularly represents multinational and domestic companies, partnerships, and individuals, including officers and directors, on issues arising across a broad spectrum of industries.  Mr. Bizar advises clients around the globe on complex business disputes and litigates high-profile trial and appellate matters in federal and state courts and before arbitral tribunals. He has appeared in courts across the United States handling a wide variety of litigation matters.  He is repeatedly ranked for antitrust (Band 1) and commercial litigation (Band 2) by Chambers USA.  He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American Bar Foundation.  Mr. Bizar is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Best Lawyers in Philadelphia and Global Competition Review’s Who’s Who for antitrust law and is regularly nominated for the Pennsylvania Super Lawyers and the Corporate Counsel Super Lawyers lists.






CHAPTER 1
WHAT IS A MOTION
1-1 MATTERS ADDRESSED BY PETITION, RATHER THAN MOTION
1-1:1 Form and Content of Petition
1-1:2 Rule to Show Cause
1-2 GENERAL RULES FOR MOTIONS
1-2:1 Form and Content
1-2:2 Briefs
1-2:3 Alternative Procedures
1-2:4 Initial consideration of motion
1-2:5 Procedure if facts are in dispute
1-2:6 Oral argument
1-3 RULES OF SELECTED JURISDICTIONS
1-3:1 Philadelphia County
1-3:1.1 General Rules
1-3:1.2 Motions
1-3:1.3 Non-Discovery Motions
1-3:1.4 Discovery Motions
1-3:1.5 Commerce Court Program
1-3:1.6 Mass Tort Program
1-3:1.7 Petitions
1-3:2 Allegheny County
1-3:2.1 Basic Requirements
1-3:2.2 Motion Procedure
1-3:2.3 Petitions
1-3:2.3a General Docket Cases - Opening a Default Judgment
1-3:2.3b General Docket Cases-Opening a Judgment of Non Pros
1-3:2.3c Arbitration Cases
1-3:3 Dauphin County
1-3:3.1 Basic Requirements
1-3:3.2 Motion Procedure
1-3:3.3 Uncontested Motions
1-3:3.4 Contested Motions
1-3:3.5 Discovery Motions
1-3:3.6 Emergency Motions
1-3:3.7 Briefs
1-3:3.8 Oral Argument
1-3:3.9 Petitions
1-3:4 Erie County
1-3:4.1 Motion Procedure
1-3:4.2 Oral Argument
1-3:4.3 Uncontested Motions
1-3:4.4 Briefs
1-3:4.5 Discovery Motions
1-3:4.6 Petitions

CHAPTER 2
PRELIMINARY MOTIONS
2-1 INTRODUCTION
2-2 DISCOVERY IN AID OF COMPLAINT 
2-3 MOTIONS FOR ALTERNATIVE SERVICE OF PROCESS
2-4 MOTION FOR RULE TO FILE A COMPLAINT (Pa. R. Civ. P. 1037(A))
2-5 PRELIMINARY RELIEF
2-5:1 Preliminary Injunction (Pa. R. Civ. P. 1531)
2-5:2 Ex-Parte Preliminary Injunction Without Notice (Pa. R. Civ. P. 1531)
2-5:3 Seizure of Property Before Judgment (Pa. R. Civ. P. 1075.1, 1075.2)

CHAPTER 3
PRELIMINARY OBJECTIONS
3-1 INTRODUCTION
3-2 RULE 1028: PRELIMINARY OBJECTIONS
3-3 OVERVIEW OF PROCEDURE
3-3:1 Timing
3-3:2 Waiver
3-3:3 Formal Requirements
3-3:4 Responding to Preliminary Objections
3-3:4.1 Amendment
3-3:4.2 Answer
3-3:4.3 Preliminary Objections to Preliminary Objections
3-3:5 Determination of Preliminary Objections
3-3:5.1 Preliminary Objections Sustained
3-3:5.2 Preliminary Objections Overruled
3-3:5.3 Determination of Fact Issues
3-4 PROPER APPLICATION OF AND GROUNDS FOR PRELIMINARY OBJECTIONS
3-4:1 Only in Response to Pleadings
3-4:2 Improper Grounds for Preliminary Objection
3-4:3 Proper Grounds for Preliminary Objection
3-4:3.1 Jurisdiction, Service, and Venue
3-4:3.1a Subject Matter Jurisdiction
3-4:3.1b Personal Jurisdiction
3-4:3.1c Improper Form of Service 
3-4:3.1d Improper Venue
3-4:3.2 Failure to Conform to Law or Rule of Court or the Inclusion of Scandalous or Impertinent Matter
3-4:3.3 Insufficient Specificity of Pleading
3-4:3.4 Legal Insufficiency of a Pleading (Demurrer)
3-4:3.5 Lack of Capacity to Sue
3-4:3.6 Nonjoinder of Necessary Party
3-4:3.7 Misjoinder of Cause of Action
3-4:3.8 Pendency of Prior Action or Agreement for Alternative Dispute Resolution
3-4:3.9 Existence of Adequate Non-Statutory Remedy at Law and Failure to Exercise or Exhaust Statutory Remedy
3-5 FORMS OF PRELIMINARY OBJECTIONS

CHAPTER 4
MOTION FOR JUDGMENT ON THE PLEADINGS
4-1 INTRODUCTION
4-2 RULE 1034: MOTION FOR JUDGMENT ON THE PLEADINGS
4-3 PROCEDURE
4-3:1 Local Rules
4-3:2 Timing
4-3:3 Substantive Requirements
4-3:4 Standard For Determining if Judgment on the Pleadings May Be Granted
4-3:5 Material Considered
4-3:6 Extrinsic Material
4-3:7 Preliminary Objections v. Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings
4-4 GROUNDS FOR MOVING FOR JUDGMENT ON THE PLEADINGS
4-4:1 Immunity
4-4:2 Statute of Frauds
4-4:3 Statute of Limitations
4-4:4 Laches 
4-4:5 Res Judicata; Collateral Estoppel
4-4:6 Non-Responsive Denials 
4-5 OPPOSING THE MOTION FOR JUDGMENT ON THE PLEADINGS
4-6 AVOIDING ADJUDICATION BY AMENDING THE PLEADINGS
4-7 ENTRY OF JUDGMENT
4-7:1 Partial Judgment on the Pleadings
4-7:2 Judgment Against Moving Party
4-7:3 Entry of Judgment on Court’s Own Motion Prohibited
4-7:4 Appeal of Judgment
4-8 FORMS

CHAPTER 5
MOTION FOR CLASS CERTIFICATION
5-1 INTRODUCTION
5-2 TIMING
5-3 FORM
5-4 HEARING

CHAPTER 6
DISCOVERY MOTIONS
6-1 MOTION FOR PROTECTIVE ORDER
6-1:1 Rule 4012: Protective Orders
6-1:2 Procedure
6-1:3 Good Cause
6-1:4 Depositions
6-1:5 Discovery Continues By Default
6-1:6 Local Rules
6-1:7 Format
6-2 MOTION TO QUASH
6-2:1 Rule 234.4. Subpoena. Notice to Attend. Notice to Produce. Relief from Compliance. Motion to Quash.
6-3 MOTION TO COMPEL
6-3:1 Rule 4019. Sanctions
6-3:2 Requests for Admission
6-3:2.1 Rule 4014(C): Request For Admission
6-3:3 Timing
6-3:4 Requirements
6-3:555 Pa. Code § 41.134. Discovery motions.
6-4 MOTION FOR SANCTIONS
6-4:1 Rule 4019. Sanctions
6-4:2 Types of Sanctions
6-4:3 Motions for Sanctions and Motions to Compel
6-4:4 The Sanction Must Be Appropriate

CHAPTER 7
SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTIONS
7-1 INTRODUCTION
7-2 RULES AND PROCEDURES APPLICABLE TO SUMMARY JUDGMENTMOTIONS
7-2:1 The Summary Judgment Motion
7-2:2 The Summary Judgment “Record”
7-2:3 The Nanty-Glo Rule
7-2:4 Briefing and Argument of Summary Judgment Motions
7-2:5 Responding to Summary Judgment Motions
7-2:6 Supplementing the Summary Judgment Record in Responding to the Motion
7-2:7 The Role of the Court

CHAPTER 8
PRE-TRIAL MOTIONS
8-1 MOTIONS IN LIMINE 
8-1:1 Uses for Motion in Limine 
8-1:2 Procedure for Motion in Limine 
8-1:3 Ruling on a Motion in Limine 
8-2 MOTION FOR A DISCONTINUANCE 
8-2:1 Discontinuance as to Less Than All Defendants
8-2:2 Motion to Strike Off a Discontinuance 
8-3 MOTION TO DISMISS FOR FAILURE TO PROSECUTE 
8-3:1 Requirements for Entry of Judgment of Non Pros 
8-3:1.1 Lack of Due Diligence in Failing to Timely Proceed With Case
8-3:1.2 Compelling Reason for Delay
8-3:1.3 Actual Prejudice 
8-3:2 Waiver of Plaintiff’s Failure to Prosecute 
8-3:3 Petition to Open or Strike Judgment of Non Pros
8-4 MOTION FOR CONTINUANCE 
8-4:1 Grounds for a Continuance 
8-4:1.1 Agreement of Parties
8-4:1.2 Illness of Counsel, Witness or Party
8-4:1.3 Inability to Subpoena or Take Testimony of Material Witness 
8-4:1.4 Special Ground as Allowed in Discretion of Court 
8-4:1.5 Counsel’s Participation in Disciplinary Proceedings
8-4:2 Special Considerations for Continuance Based on Absence of Subpoenaed Witness 
8-4:3 Number of Continuances 
8-4:4 Procedure for Requesting Continuance

CHAPTER 9
TRIAL MOTIONS
9-1 MOTIONS RELATED TO JURY SELECTION
9-1:1 Challenge to the Array
9-1:2 Motions to Grant Additional Peremptory Strikes
9-2 MOTIONS FOR NONSUIT 
9-2:1 Voluntary Nonsuit/Non Pros
9-2:2 Compulsory Nonsuit
9-2:3 Judgment Notwithstanding the Verdict
9-3 APPLICATION FOR VIEW OF THE PREMISES
9-4 MOTIONS FOR POST-TRIAL RELIEF
9-4:1 Motion for Post-Trial Relief (Pa. R. Civ P. 227.1)
9-4:2 Motion for a New Trial
9-4:3 Motion Directing Entry of Judgment
9-4:4 Motion to Remove a Nonsuit
9-4:5 Effect of Failure to File a Motion for Post-Trial Relief
9-5 MOTION FOR DELAY DAMAGES
9-5:1 Actions in Which Delay Damages are Recoverable
9-5:2 Calculation of Delay Damages
9-5:3 Answer to Motion for Delay Damages
9-5:4 Delay Damages in Compulsory Arbitration
9-5:5 Entry of Judgment and Appeal

CHAPTER 10
MOTIONS FOR POST-TRIAL RELIEF
10-1 INTRODUCTION
10-2 POST-TRIAL RELIEF – Pa. R. Civ. P. 227.1 
10-3 PURPOSE OF RULE
10-4 AVAILABLE RELIEF
10-4:1 Pa. R. Civ. P. 227.1 is Broad
10-4:2 Specific Remedies
10-4:2.1 Requests For New Trials – Pa. R. Civ. P. 227.1 (a)(1) 
10-4:2.2 Requests For Entry of Judgment in Favor of Any Party – Pa. R. Civ. P. 227.1(1)(2) 
10-4:2.3 Requests to Remove a Nonsuit – Pa. R. Civ. P. 227.1(a)(3) 
10-4:3 Situations Where Pa. R. Civ. P. 227.1 is Not Applicable
10-5 TIME OF FILING
10-5:1 Appropriate Time for Post-Trial Relief
10-5:2 Deadlines for Post-Trial Relief Motions
10-5:3 Trial Court’s Discretion in Considering Late Post-Trial Relief Motions
10-6 CONTENTS OF POST-TRIAL MOTIONS
10-7 POST-TRIAL RELIEF MOTIONS AND APPEALS
10-8 COURT EN BANC – Pa. R. Civ. P. 227:2 
10-9 TRANSCRIPT OF TESTIMONY – Pa. R. Civ. P. 227.3 
10-10 ENTRY OF JUDGMENT UPON PRAECIPE OF A PARTY – Pa. R. Civ. P. 227.4 
10-11 CONCLUSION

CHAPTER 11
APPELLATE MOTIONS
11-1 INTRODUCTION
11-2 GENERAL RULES
11-2:1 Filing and Service
11-2:2 Form and Copies
11-2:3 Applications for Relief
11-2:4 Briefs
11-3 PETITION FOR ALLOWANCE OF APPEAL (OF FINAL ORDER TO SUPREME COURT)
11-4 PETITION FOR PERMISSION TO APPEAL (INTERLOCUTORY ORDER TO APPELLATE COURT)
11-5 PETITION FOR REVIEW
11-6 MOTION TO ENLARGE TIME TO APPEAL
11-7 APPLICATION FOR STAY/INJUNCTION PENDING APPEAL
11-8 MOTION TO QUASH APPEAL
11-9 MISCELLANEOUS
11-9:1 Discontinuance – Rule 1973
11-9:2 Special and Summary Relief – Rule 1532
11-9:3 Application for Reargument – Rule 2542
11-9:4 Application for Costs

FORMS
Preliminary Objections Forms
Allegheny Preliminary Objections
Bucks County Preliminary Objections
Dauphin County Preliminary Objections
Philadelphia County Preliminary Objections
Pre-Trial Motions Forms