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January 1, 2013
Federal Judicial Center
The Center has prepared this manual to help judges organize opinions and improve their opinion writing. Prepared with the assistance of judges, law professors, and writers, the manual offers advice on writing tailored to the needs of the federal judiciary.
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July 8, 2012
Robert Timothy Reagan

Among the reasons that courts issue protective orders in both civil and criminal cases is to keep discovery confidential on a showing of good cause. Experience has proved confidentiality protective orders to grease the wheels of discovery in many cases. The protective orders discussed in this pocket guide are different from sealing orders that protect the courts' own records and protective orders that protect information from discovery. Among the topics addressed here are blanket orders, stipulated orders, and designating discovery for attorney eyes only.

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May 21, 2012
Barbara J. Rothstein, Ronald J. Hedges, Elizabeth C. Wiggins

This second-edition pocket guide helps federal judges manage the discovery of electronically stored information (ESI).

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January 1, 2012
Kristine Fox

This pocket guide provides a basic overview of the issues judges can expect to face when assigned a capital habeas case. It begins with appointment of counsel, budgeting concerns, and stays of execution. It then summarizes the primary procedural considerations that affect habeas cases - successive petitions, petition timeliness, state remedies exhaustion, procedural default, and amending a petition. The guide also addresses substantive considerations for case resolution, evidentiary development, and briefing procedures.

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January 1, 2011
Louise Decarl Adler

Increasing globalization and cross-border interdependence of business enterprises increase the likelihood that bankruptcy judges will see the occasional chapter 15 case filed in their jurisdiction. In this concise guide, Judge Louise DeCarl Adler (Bankr. S.D. Cal.) gives judges who may be unfamiliar with chapter 15 cases a quick understanding of the case-management issues that may arise and offers possible solutions. She includes a selected list of further resources where additional information and guidance can be found.

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January 1, 2011
Barbara J. Rothstein, Catherine R. Borden

This guide is intended to help judges who receive multidistrict litigation (MDL) products liability assignments to manage MDL cases and to introduce some of the procedures that transferee judges have developed over the years.

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January 1, 2011
Mallun Yen, Martha K. Gooding, Philip Johnson, William ("Bill") C. Rooklidge

A guide for trial judges to consult when deciding issues of compensatory damages in patent infringement cases, prepared by a national committee of experts from the bench, bar, in-house counsel, and academia formed at the request of the chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Superseded by Compensatory Damages Issues in Patent Infringement Cases, Second Edition (2017).

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December 15, 2010
Robert Timothy Reagan

Court case records and proceedings are presumptively public, but occasionally there are compelling reasons for keeping all or parts of them confidential, sometimes permanently but often only temporarily. This pocket guide summarizes the case law on sealing records and proceedings and presents a useful procedural checklist of seven principles to follow when denying public access.

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January 1, 2010
Barbara J. Rothstein, Thomas E. Willging

This pocket guide is designed to help federal judges manage the increased number of class action cases filed in or removed to federal courts as a result of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA). It includes a section on determining federal jurisdiction that incorporates case-management practices and judicial interpretations of CAFA. It also includes suggestions for judicial review and administration of class settlements, especially regarding the disclosure of claims rates and actual payments to class members.

January 1, 2009
Barbara J. Rothstein, Thomas E. Willging

This pocket guide is designed to help federal judges manage the increased number of class action cases filed in or removed to federal courts as a result of the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA). This second edition includes a new section on determining federal jurisdiction that incorporates case-management practices and judicial interpretations of CAFA.

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