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O'Connor's California Practice * Civil Pretrial 2015

O'Connor's California Practice * Civil Pretrial 2015

By David I. Levine, Michol O'Connor, William R. Slomanson
Update frequency: Annually
Free update period: 60 days before next edition is released
Format: Softbound portable book
Dimensions: 7.5" x 10"
Page Count: 1505
ISBN: 978-1-59839-212-8
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For decades, California attorneys have been buying the same old pretrial procedure manuals thinking that’s all they ever need for their civil practice. Here’s a fact: those books haven’t changed much in style, form, or function since they were originally written, but the practice has. So it’s time for a fresh take on civil procedure—O’Connor’s California Practice * Civil Pretrial 2015.

With its detailed commentaries and unique chronological structure, this comprehensive yet portable book will guide you step by step through the maze of procedural rules and statutes. It will keep you off the computer and out of the library, saving you time and money. And best of all, it will make you feel smart. When’s the last time you felt that way after reading a procedure manual?

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  • Become a procedure expert. Over 1,100 pages of commentaries explain—in plain English—the procedural requirements for each phase of litigation, from pleadings and discovery to default, dismissal, and summary judgment. Plus, the book includes the entire Evidence Code, fully annotated with key cases. No other practice guide contains so much in one volume.
  • File with confidence. You’ll get detailed, accurate information on what you need to include in pleadings, motions, discovery requests, and more. You’ll also get clear explanations of when to file and serve your documents so you won’t miss any deadlines.
  • Find answers fast. The book is designed with handy tabs, bold headings, and organizational numbering so you won’t waste time flipping through pages to get what you need.
  • Practice what we preach. Highlighted practice tips help you read between the lines of the law so you can understand how it really works. And caution notes identify danger areas and help prevent embarrassing procedural errors—or worse.
  • Keep up to date. You can count on O’Connor’s for a clear yet comprehensive discussion of the latest developments in civil procedure—including e-discovery. And the entire book is the most up-to-date on the market, so you’ll stay on top of all the recent legislation, rule amendments, and court opinions.
Chapter 1: General Concepts
A. Introduction to California Civil Procedure
B. Papers, Forms, Declarations & Affidavits
C. Pleading Practice
D. Law & Motion Practice
E. Ex Parte Practice
F. Filing Documents
G. Serving Documents
H. Hearings
I.  Rulings & Orders

Chapter 2: Attorneys & Judges

A. Application to Appear Pro Hac Vice
B. Attorney’s Withdrawal or Removal
C. Motion to Disqualify Attorney
D. Motion & Statement to Disqualify Judge
E. Stipulation or Motion for Reference

Chapter 3: Plaintiff’s Lawsuit
A. Before Suit
B. Parties & Claims
C. Plaintiff’s Original Complaint
D. Interpleader
E. Choosing the Court—Subject-Matter Jurisdiction
F. Choosing the Court—Venue
G. Joining the Defendant—Personal Jurisdiction
H. Joining the Defendant—Service of Process

Chapter 4: Defendant’s Responses & Pleadings
A. Overview
B. Answer
C. Cross-Complaint
D. Challenging Subject-Matter Jurisdiction
E. Motion to Transfer or Change Venue
F. Forum Non Conveniens
G. Motion to Quash Service of Summons
H. Demurrer
I. Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings
J. Motion to Strike
K. Special Motion to Strike—Anti-SLAPP Motion
L. Special Motion to Strike—Anti-SLAPPback Motion

Chapter 5: Pretrial Motions
A.Civil Case Management
B. Motion for Preference
C. Intervention
D. Motion to Reclassify
E. Shortening Time
F. Extending Time
G. Motion for Reconsideration or Renewal
H. Relating, Consolidating & Coordinating Cases
I. Requests for Continuance or Stay
J. Request for Judicial Notice
K. Motion for Sanctions
L. Excluding Expert Testimony

Chapter 6: Discovery & Privileges
A. Scope of Discovery
B. Attorney-Related Privileges
C. Business-Related Privileges
D. Spousal Privileges
E. Medical Privileges
F. Personal Privileges
G. Journalist Privileges & Immunities
H. Government Privileges
I. Mediation Exemption

Chapter 7: Methods of Discovery
A. Rules for Conducting Discovery
B. Depositions
C. Interrogatories
D. Requests for Admissions
E. Demands to Produce
F. Medical Examinations
G. Motion to Discover Financial Information
H. Electronic Discovery
I. Expert Discovery
J. Presuit Discovery

Chapter 8: Subpoenas
A. General Subpoena Information
B. Deposition Subpoenas
C. Trial & Hearing Subpoenas
D. Subpoenas for Personal Records
E. Challenging & Enforcing Subpoenas

Chapter 9: Resolving Discovery Disputes
A. Discovery Sanctions
B. Motion for Protective Order
C. Motion to Quash Depositions
D. Motion to Compel Depositions
E. Motion to Compel Written Discovery
F. Motion to Compel Discovery of Medical Information
G. Motion to Enforce Deposition Subpoena for Personal Records
H. Motion for Relief from Waiver of Objections

Chapter 10: Disposition Without Trial
A. Default Judgment
B. Motion for Summary Judgment
C. Motion for Summary Adjudication
D. Voluntary Dismissal
E. Involuntary Dismissal—Delay on Prosecution
F. Involuntary Dismissal—Other Grounds

Evidence Code — fully annotated

Timetables — with key deadlines

Index
  • Updated commentaries including relevant case law from the past year as well as changes to the Code of Civil Procedure, Evidence Code, California Rules of Court, Judicial Council Forms, and more; for example, we updated and revised our discussions on the scope of general personal jurisdiction based on minimum contacts, requirements for motions to disqualify judges, objections to opposing party’s experts, the proper use of affidavits in lieu of direct testimony, confidential intent for purposes of the marital-communications privilege, and much more. 
  • New section on sanctions motions for bad-faith actions or tactics to reflect the extension of Code of Civil Procedure §128.5 beyond anti-SLAPP.
  • Updated Evidence Code including legislative changes marked with underline and strikethrough, plus new annotations—quotes from recent cases interpreting specific Evidence Code sections.
  • New timetables to help calculate deadlines for a defendant’s responses to a plaintiff’s complaint and a motion to transfer venue.