Rule 11 Hypos
You are a plaintiff's lawyer. (Different) clients come to you and tell you the following:
1. The client is a high-school football quarterback. After he threw five interceptions in the last quarter of the game against his school's greatest rival, his coach summoned him to his office, and then took him into the trainer's treatment room and waterboarded him for an hour. As a result, he quit football, thus passing up the potential for a career as a professional football player that would have earned him millions of dollars.
2. The client claims that the potential defendant raped her. She says that she consented to go out on a date and that "one thing led to another," after they spent a night drinking and ended up in her apartment. She says that she repeatedly told him to stop, but that he overpowered her.
3. The client says that he was riding his bicycle, obeying all traffic regulations, when the potential defendant illegally turned right on red and ran the plaintiff over. He suffered permanent injuries and $500K in medical expenses as a result.
4. The client is a production assistant on a movie. She says that the director screamed profanity and vulgarity at her for fifteen minutes in front of the entire crew because she brought him the wrong kind of coffee from Starbucks. She has taken to her bed as a result and is unable to function.
5. The client bought a ticket to the movie Social Network from the defendant movie theater. Because of a malfunction in the projection equipment, which was unattended, the movie stopped after 10 minutes and never restarted. Because the plaintiff has not seen the movie, she is unable to participate actively in discussions of it with her friends. As a result, they think of her as uncool and refuse to associate with her.
What, if anything, must you do before you file a complaint in federal court? Assume that the federal court has both personal jurisdiction over the defendant and subject matter jurisdiction over the claim.
Does it make any difference if the statute of limtiations runs two hours after your client leaves your office?