Professor Perritt

(312) 906-5128

Office: Room 713

Tuesday & Thursday 6:00-8:25 P.M.

Course number: 258-051

Fall 2011

Room 510






Civil Procedure is a five-credit one semester course in the law of dispute resolution in federal and state courts.


·        Marcus, Redish, Sherman & Pfander, Civil Procedure: A Modern Approach (5th ed.2009)

·        Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (latest Educational Edition) to be read in conjunction with the Marcus, Redish, Sherman & Pfander text.

·        Supplementary materials available on the Website.




Assignment (pages in Marcus, Redish & Sherman)

23 Aug

Constitutional entitlement to civil procedure;

Enforcing judgments

"writ of attachment"

Taking a truck

Taking a car

Towing a car

Taking an alligator

Destroying pot

Police decision

Private seizure

78-82; Fed.R.Civ.P. 69, 65

Form for writ of execution

Judge Friendly's list of elements of procedural due process (will be used in class)

Optional: IL pre-judgment attachment, and post-judgment garnishment statutes

IL pre-judgment attachment statutes

IL post-judgment garnishment statutes


Optional: Recognition and enforcement statutes:

Uniform Recognition of Foreign Money Judgments Act

Uniform Enforcement of Foreign Judments Act

28 U.S.C. sec. 1963

Optional: Note on writs of attachment, including examples




25 Aug

The Traditional Formulation: The ‘Power” Theory of Jurisdiction,

Carson-Richter hypo (Word version)


Harris v. Balk diagram (MS Power Point)

Harris v. Balk diagram (jpeg)

Note on "paying twice" in Harris v. Balk


Blackstone on service of original process


30 Aug

The Shift to Minimum Contacts, and the States’ Response - Long Arm Statutes

Wood Industries v. KTA (basic facts)

Int'l Shoe mini-hypos

700-719; NY long arm statute (for hypothetical); KTA diagram (for hypothetical)


Note on limited v. special appearances

Answer to question on process servers in Illinois

1 Sep

Refining the Minimum Contacts Analysis


719-728 (omit Brennan dissent); 743-752 (omit Stevens dissent); 766-775;

J. McIntyre Manufacturing (Word) (.pdf)

Venn diagram illustrating analytical factors for PJ;

6 Sep

Presence of Defendant’s Property

Hypos for class (html) (Word version) (pdf)

U.S. Marshal procedures

Note on definition of "false conflict"


Note on assignment

Optional: Venn diagram (.html) (Word)

State v. Western Union (Word) (.pdf)

8 Sep

Personal Service Within the Jurisdiction


13 Sep

The General Jurisdiction Alternative


CaseSpeak relationships

Backed Up by Sovereignty ©2008 Henry H. Perritt, Jr.


Goodyear Dunlop (Word) (.pdf)

Diagram of Cat I Quasi in-rem

Optional: graph Darrin Halcomb improved graph


15 Sep

Consent, Jurisdictional “Ouster” by Consent - Forum Selection Clauses



optional: generalization of Carnival Cruise Lines to diversity cases--Jones v. Weibrecht

optional (for use in class):

Actual forum selection clauses (.html) (Word)

Hypothetical trial-by-combat forum selection clause (.html) (Word)

Ears cut off (.html) (Word)

re judicial enforcement of arbitration awards:

Federal Arbitration Act section 10

Uniform Arbitration Act section 12

New York Convention article V

optional, for, or after this class:

Construct a flowchart/decision tree of personal jurisdiction; email it to; be willing to have it displayed and discussed in class

Flow chart example - mailing a letter (JT

20 Sep

The Requirement of Notice

Notice hypos

825-830; Fed.R.Civ.P. 4 - pay particular attention to procedures for serving individuals and corporations within the U.S.

NY case approving service of process by email

Federal case approving service of process by email

for use in class:

Illinois service of process rule

Hypothetical file-sharing service of process rule

22 Sep

Venue and Discretionary Decline of Jurisdiction

Further hypos: (html) (Word) (.pdf)

830-849; 28 U.S.C. §1391, 1404

Hypo: Be prepared to argue either side of Part II of the amicus brief prepared for Wood Industries v. KTA (pertaining to forum non conveniens). If you need more facts, determine exactly what facts and how you would get them.


Venn diagram

The following illustrate state venue statutes.

Illinois venue statute

Illinois long-arm statute

Illinois corporation residence statute

Illinois local action venue statute

NY venue rule - general

NY venue rule - public authorities

27 Sep

Diversity of Citizenship,

Federal Question


Power point diagram of hypo

850-880 n.2; 28 U.S.C. § § 1331, 1332


Examples of grants of power to state trial courts (IL, MD, PA, VA)

Hohfeldian analysis

29 Sep

No class


4 Oct

The Penumbra of Federal Jurisdiction: Supplemental Jurisdiction

Hypo: We will start with the hypothetical lawsuit from 30 September, with the additional assumption that one or more ptfs has filed civil actions under the federal Wiretap Act and federal Stored Communications Act

888-910; 28 U.S.C. § 1367

[we will review the basic claim- and party-joinder rules, Fed.R.Civ.P. 18, 20, 24, 13, 14, in class; you may wish to peruse them beforehand, but you are not expected to know them well]

Hypothetical diagrams (Powerpoint)

Note on complete diversity requirement and supplemental jurisdiction


6 Oct


Submajur ©2008 Henry H. Perritt, Jr.

Solutions to Schnayer problem

914-923; 28 U.S.C. §§ 1441, 1446-1447

Hypothetical for discussion in class (.html) (Word)

new Hypothetical diagrams (Powerpoint)

Hypothetical diagrams (Powerpoint) (old-disregard)


HHP removal note

Judicial hieararchies (Powerpoint)

After class:

"All defendants must join"

Counterclaims as basis for jurisdiction: See Holmes Group Inc. v. Vornado Air Circulation Systems, Inc., 535 U.S. 826, 914-915 (2002) (holding that well-pleaded complaint rule requires that federal question jurisdiction exist or not based on original complaint; cannot be based on counterclaims, which are pleaded in the answer).


StubHub district court

StubHub court of appeals

11 Oct


Note on Erie and supplemental jurisdiction

Lex Locus Delicti ©2008 Henry H. Perritt, Jr.



Be prepared to apply Erie to recent complex hypotheticals

For review lecture: review notes and assignments preceding this class




13 Oct

The Historical Evolution of Pleading

Problems for class

Chronology of a civil action

Pizza complaint

Hale v. Semitch


114-125, Browse Fed.R.Civ.P. 2-12;

Common law pleading examples (declarations)

Stipp v. Jackson per Chitty on Pleading




Consider the adequacy of the three alternative complaints in Fratamico v. Nigrelli; and of the two claims in Stipp v. Jackson (Illinois is a fact pleading jurisdiction)

Elements of fraudulent misrepresentation

Elements of international interference with contractual relations

IL basic pleading rule

IL small claims pleading rule

IL pro-se small claims form

Contents of small claims form

(optional: Harry Emmanuel Scozzaro, Jr., Notice Pleading Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Following Sweirkiewicz v. Sorema, 26 Am. J. Trial Advoc. 385 (2002) (good summary of common law pleading and comparison with Fed.R.Civ.P.))

18 Oct

Describing and Testing the Plaintiffs Claim

Study group complaint

Rule 11 hypos

125-158; Fed.R.Civ.P. 8, 9, 11, 16

Summons in Civil Action form

Richter v. Perritt

Smith v. Aleisa

Rutherford v. Used Car Salesman

Rauchenberg dental complaint

Thariat: Sally v. Phillips

Berrios: Employee 1 v. Company A


McKinney v. Poulos complaint

Pup v. Butzer Collections complaint

Tale of Woe


Mortgage foreclosure documentation

20 Oct

Practical drafting exercise

42 U.S.C. sec. 1983

Transferred intent (you were right!) (.html) (Word), but the causation/substantial certainty issue remains with respect to the curb/ground contact

Second Circuit en banc on inadequately pleaded count

Watch client interview (Web video)

(You need RealPlayer on your computer for this to work. You can download RealPlayer from

(send each of the following documents to

Draft complaint (due today, before class)

Draft Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(a) disclosures (due 1 November)

Draft Initial Interrogatories under Fed.R.Civ.P. 33 (due 3 November)


Sample complaints from the real world: Viacom v. YouTube, ACLU, FCC, FOIA, NARM, SEC

25 Oct

Defendant’s Response, voluntary dismissal

How to present these defenses?

How answer these allegations?

Iuga complaint

Posner characterization of pleading

198-215; Fed.R.Civ.P. 12



Sample answers: Viacom v. Youtube, McConnell, CIA, Vitf

Motions to dismiss: e.g.1, e.g.2, e.g.3

27 Oct

Amendments to Pleading

Wrap up pleading

Late amendment story

Sad Tale ©2008 Henry H. Perritt, Jr.

222-237; Fed.R.Civ.P. 15; review earlier pleading material

Optional: IL rule for amending pleadings

Optional: Rule 15 flowchart (ppt) pdf version

1 Nov


Rule 26(a)(1) disclosures

Retrospective on transferred intent in Bennaza case: .html, Word, .pdf

344-368; skim Fed.R.Civ.P. 26-37, concentrating on Rules 26(a)-(g), 37

Complaint in hypothetical motorcycle-accident victim case: Christianson v. Bicycle Messengers 

Rule 26(a)(1) drafts due before class today; email to

You should should prepare Rule 26(a)(1) disclosures for the following party:

Christianson: Center, 3d row (Martinez through Aleisa)
Bicycle Messengers: Stage Right (Fox through Ourednik)
Yamahonda: Center, rows 1 and 2 (Marasso through Konstantopoulos)

Bennaza: Center and Stage Left, back row (Darragh through Barcelona)
Police Officer: Stage Left, 3d row (Edwards through Kidder)
Village of Kenilworth: Stage Left, rows 1 & 2 (Fister through Cheng)

Review Rule 26(a)(1)

Consider discovery strategies for your party in your case

3 Nov

Interrogatories, requests for production, requests for physical or mental examination and requests for production

Managing the Scope and Burden of Discovery

Note on privilege against self-incrimination and civil discovery


Note that the police officer's name is J. Ryan ("LawDogg") Lawlis. Draft interrogatories due before class today; email to (you do not need to write definitions; just write the questions)

Review Rule 33

(Same client assignments as for Rule 26(a)(1) disclosures); if you represent the plaintiff prepare interrogatories to be propounded to your respective defendants; if you represent a defendant, prepare interrogatories to be propounded to your respective plaintiff and, if you think appropriate, to your co-defendant.

Consider discovery strategies for your party in the respective case.

368-387; Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(b)(2)


Example of discovery plan

Judge Kimba Wood's model discovery plan

Good case on destruction/"spoilation" (html) (Microsoft Word)

8 Nov.

The Promise and Reality of Broad Discovery, The Discovery Devices

Kibbler deposition .mp3 file

Lawlis deposition part 1 .mp3 file

Lawlis deposition part 2 .mp3 file


Pix on Facebook:



357-360; Fed.R.Civ.P. 30, 32

Amended Bennaza complaint .html Word(use this for the deposition and subsequent proceedings).

Be prepared to participate in a mock deposition of (a) Officer J. Ryan ("LawDogg") Lawlis, assuming the deposition was noticed by Bennaza's's lawyer, and (b) a mock deposition of the Melanie Kibbler, the owner of Bicycle Messangers, Inc., Christianson's employer, Christianson v. Bicycle Messengers, noticed by the plaintiff's lawyer. Be prepared to conduct direct and cross examination, and to know the authority in the deposition rules for what you propose to do in the deposition and for what your opponent may try to do and you oppose.

Basic information on the ADA

Examples: Rule 26(a) disclosures, (alternative format), interrogatories, answers to interrogatories, request for production, request for admissions, notice of individual deposition, notice of multiple depositions, deposition transcript

Subpoena form

Counsel for depositions

Bennaza: Berrios/Olif

Officer Lawlis: Ferrell & Chappo

Kenilworth: Daniels & Fister

Christianson: Crump & Nevitt

Bicycle Messengers: Ourednik

Yamahonda: Marasso & St. Clair


Melanie Kibbler, owner of Bicycle Messengers

J. Ryan ("LawDogg") Lawlis, Kenilworth police officer


10 Nov

First hour:

Exemptions From Discovery

Compare Shelton v. American Motors Corp., 805 F.2d 1323, 1327 (8th Cir. 1986) (declining to hold that opposing counsel is absolutely immune from being deposted; suggesting three-part test; reversing district court and finding that work-product doctrine permitted attorney to refuse to answer deposition questions) with In re Subpoena Issued to Dennis Friedman, 350 F.3d 65, 71-72 (2d Cir.2003) (preferring more flexibility than Shelton provides).

Second hour:

Meet in your client clusters: choose a "lead discovery counsel'; determine what further discovery is appropriate after the deposition; discovery counsel must submit a report detailing further discovery to; Consider likely application of doctrine from assigned cases and notes and of Rule MRPC 4.2 and make sure your discovery counsel comments on it

Discovery counsel must clearly indicate all counsel in the cluster who participated


ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct 4.2

Hypothetical discovery requests to consider

15 Nov

Enforcing the Discovery Rules-Sanctions

Investigation-Fact Gathering Without Judicial Assistance; recap of major discovery events


Smoking Gun ©2008 Henry H. Perritt, Jr.

Bid on a role in the Chicago-Bar Association play "Giving Ground" on 14 December! Talk it up with everyone you know! Here's a promotional video:

A website provides more information:


422-429; Fed.R.Civ.P. 37 

review pp xi-xviii in Rules Pamphlet

Select (in class) lead counsel(s) for summary judgment argument on 22 November


Do your own timeline of events in a civil case between filing of the complaint and a motion for summary judgment; send it, if you wish, to

District of Maine ADA case docket sheet

District of Iowa ADA case docket sheet-jury

Eastern Districtof VA ADA case docket sheet

17 Nov

Pretrial management

Hypo for class (revised 17 Nov 2011)

471-476; Fed.R.Civ.P. 26(f), 16, Official Form 35

Example of Rule 16(b) scheduling order: Viacom v. YouTube

N.D. Ill. Local Rule - Standing Order on pretrial procedures

Sample pretrial orders: No. 1; No. 2


22 Nov

The Nature of the Summary Judgment Device: The Concept of Burden Shifting

430-434; 440-450; 451n.2; Fed.R.Civ.P. 56

"Standardized" Bennaza complaint .pdf Word .html

Bennaza affidavit

Christensen complaint

Christenson affidavit

Vroom (dealer salesman) affidavit

Drool (Yamahonda engineer) affidavit

Bicycle Messengers answers to Christianson interrogatories

Yamahonda answers to Christianson interrogatories

Christianson answers to Bicycle Messengers interrogatories

Christianson answers to Yamahonda interrogatories

Bennaza's Opposition to Summary Judgment

Consider depositions in Bennaza and Christianson cases (posted on ___ November entry)

Argue summary judgment motions before "Judge" Keck; only the defendants have filed motions for summary judgment


Bennaza: John Darragh

Lawlis: Lindsey Rauschenberg & Rodney Harris

Kenilworth: Ramsin Canon

Christianson: Michael Anderson & Cole Richter

Bicycle Messengers: Ryan Laurie

Yamahonda: James Konstantopoulos

"Judge" Keck's standing order (.html)


Example of summary judgment in ADA case, affirming and reversing on two different counts

24 Nov

No class (Thanksgiving)


29 Nov

(makeup day per Academic Calendar)

Appellate jurisdiction, procedure, and standards of review

Hypos for class


28 U.S.C. § 1291; Fed.R.App. P. 3

1016-1021; 1030-1033; 1048-1050 (discovery orders); 1068-1073 n.3; 1079-1080 (Supreme Court); 1081-1090

1 Dec

[Last class] REVIEW (Thursday classes meet per Academic Calendar)

Lecture (review all notes and assignments)

course evaluation questionnaires will be distributed a few minutes before the end of class



James, Hazard, Leubsdorf, Civil Procedure (5th ed. 2001).

Shreve & Raven-Hansen, Understanding Civil Procedure (3rd ed. 2001).

Wright & Kane, Law of Federal Courts (Hornbook Series) (2002).

Wright, Miller & Cooper, Federal Practice and Procedure (2008), kept up-to-date by cumulative pocket supplements.

Avoid Gilbert’s 


The final examination in this course will be given on Friday, 9 December 2011, at 6:00 PM and at no other time. It will be open book, open Internet, open computer, and last three hours.

In the final examination, you are responsible for all the materials discussed in class and in the assigned readings. Obviously, the examination cannot touch upon all that material, but anything we do in class, anything you see in your court visit, and anything in the assigned readings may be tested. You may bring any materials, whether commercially prepared or not, to the final exam, but successful performance on the exam will not require original research. Prepare for the exam as though it were “closed-book.”


Much of the material and most of the legal analysis in this course is not contained in the assigned readings. Consequently, class attendance is an indispensable part of the course. Failure to attend regularly will result in exclusion from the course and a grade of “E” Sporadic absences will result in a lowering of your grade, in the discretion of the instructor. The instructor reserves the discretion to determine what constitutes “regularly” and “sporadic.” The only safe course is to attend every class.


I strongly discourage tardiness and reserve the power to lower your grade for tardiness.


Do not wear hats in class.


Once you are present in the classroom, please stay there, unless you have a genuine emergency. If an emergency requires you to leave the classroom, do not return.


I teach “Socratically.” Every student is expected to be prepared in every class. Any student may be called on at any time. Volunteering is encouraged. There is no “right” answer; only cogent and persuasive arguments, backed up by legitimate legal authority.


Attending a federal hearing or trial in United States District Court is a mandatory requirement for credit in the course. You may do this at any time during the semester. After attending, you must send me an email, to, briefly describing what you observed and explaining how it relates to one or more specific subjects in the syllabus.


Your final grade will be determined by how well you do on the final exam, except that I reserve the power to decrease your final grade for unsatisfactory classroom participation, failure to complete the drafting exercises satisfactorily, failure to complete the court visit, or excessive absenteeism or tardiness. I also reserve the power to increase your final grade for outstanding classroom participation.


All songs are copyrighted 2008 by Henry H. Perritt, Jr. Modofac is a registered trademark. Permission is given to Chicago-Kent students to download, perform, and distribute the musical works and sound recordings to their classmates and friends. All other rights reserved. CDs are available from Professor Perritt


Michael L. Mason,, 3L, is the Teaching Assistant for the course. He will announce office hours after the semester begins.


I welcome interaction with students. I will be happy to make an appointment to see any of you individually or in groups. I do not have specific office hours. If you want to meet, please set up an appointment by emailing me at, calling me at (312) 906-5098, calling my assistant, Ms Patricia O’Neal at (312) 906-5128, or by seeing me before or after class.


The Website contains the syllabus, supplementary materials, old exams and model answers. Please check the Website regularly, particularly before you begin preparing for a particular class and again before coming to class. I will update it regularly. Note that course coverage probably was materially different in years for which exams and model exams are published.


I may communicate with you by e-mail at any time throughout the semester. Check your e-mail regularly. If you would like to communicate with me via e-mail, please feel free to do so.