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The Judicial Conference Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction and the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation ("JPML") asked the Federal Judicial Center to survey transferee judges in multidistrict litigation proceedings about their experiences in coordinating with state judges. The purpose of the survey was to provide the committee and the JPML with information to assist in the development of practical resources to facilitate coordination between federal and state parallel proceedings in complex litigation.

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The Center's report on research and education activities in 2007, submitted to the Judicial Conference of the United States as required by statute.

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Section 1983 Litigation, Section Edition analyzes the fundamental issues that arise in litigation under 42 U.S.C. - 1983, and the case law interpreting those issues. This edition contains new sections on jury instructions and the Rooker-Feldman Doctrine, new material on retaliatory prosecutions, and expanded coverage on jurisdiction. Research for this edition concluded with the October 2007 Supreme Court term and covers courts of appeals decisions reported through June 30, 2008.

Superseded by Section 1983 Litigation, Third Edition (2014).

In re NSA Telecommunication Records Litigation (N.D. Cal. 3:06-md-1791).

This document is among Selected Orders and Other Case Documents that, in turn, are among the Center's resources on National Security Cases.

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This monograph provides a concise overview of the law of copyright from its origins in the English common law through recent Supreme Court cases, designed to provide judges with a grounding in the essential concepts and statutory and case law in this specialized area. The monograph covers the duration and renewal of copyright, ownership of copyright, copyright formalities, as well as jurisdictional and procedural issues and the preemption of state law by federal copyright statutes. New material in this second edition includes updated case law, including Internet copying anLink to superseding edition added. MSd music downloading; the Digital Millennium Copyright Act; judicial interpretation of Copyright Office regulations, decisions, and practices; and expanded coverage of contributory and vicarious liability, increasingly invoked by plaintiffs in infringement cases. The monograph covers developments in case law through May 1, 2006.

The subsequent edition of this title was published by Thomson Reuters in 2012.

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This monograph consists of an overview of the law of redistricting, a summary of statistical techniques frequently used in redistricting litigation, and a discussion of some of the major case management challenges presented by such cases. The legal overview focuses on Voting Rights Act, Equal Protection Clause, and one person-one vote cases. The Center prepared this monograph as a resource for judges assigned cases challenging legislative redistricting plans developed in response to the 2000 census.

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This report was prepared at the request of the Committee on Appellate Rules as they consider proposing a uniform rule on en banc voting procedures for the courts of appeals.

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Form 26: Preliminary Report and Discovery Schedule

Form 27: Scheduling Order for Social Security Cases

Form 28: Order Setting Schedule for Social Security Cases

Form 29: Provisional Discovery Plan

Form 30: Memorandum and Order Regarding Discovery

Form 31: Items for Possible Inclusion in the Rule 16 Case Management Conference Notice

When Significant Electronic Discovery Is Anticipated

Form 32: Order for Settlement Conference

Form 33: Order Dismissing Case When Parties Have Not Timely Advised Court of the Outcome

of Settlement Efforts

Form 34: Order Dismissing Case When Parties Have Advised the Court That the Case Has


Form 35: Order Setting Pretrial Requirements Before Judge Charles R. Butler, Jr.

Form 36: Final Pre-trial Order, with Instructions

Form 37: Order for Pretrial Preparation

Form 38: Pretrial Order

Form 39: Order Setting Jury Trial, Final Pretrial Conference, and Requirements for the Proposed

Final Pretrial Order

Form 40: Order for Final Pretrial Conference

Form 41: Trial Order

Form 42: Jury Questionnaire

Form 43: Jury Questionnaire—Civil

Form 44: Stipulation and Order for Tailored Jury Trial

Form 45: Judge Paul A. Zoss’s Voir Dire

Form 46: Civil Jury Trial Checklist

Form 47: Guidelines for Preparation of Jury Instructions

Form 48: Expectations and Requirements for Trials

Form 49: Procedure for Presentation of Direct Testimony by Written Statement

Form 50: Standard Referral Order for Referring Matters to Magistrate Judges

Form 51: Order of General Reference to Magistrate Judges

Form 52: Notice, Consent, and Order of Reference: Exercise of Jurisdiction by a United States

Magistrate Judge

Form 53: Consent to Proceed Before a United States Magistrate Judge and Designation

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Form 1: Initial Case Management Scheduling Order

Form 2: Order for Rule 26(f) Planning Meeting and Rule 16(b) Scheduling Conference

Form 3: Initial Scheduling Order

Form 4: Guidelines for Discovery, Motion Practice and Trial

Form 5: Individual Practices of Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum

Form 6: Recommended Model for Individual Judge’s Practices

Form 7: Standing Order for Matters Before Judge Martin J. Jenkins

Form 8: Instructions Regarding Pretrial Proceedings

Form 9: Standing Pretrial Procedure Order and Forms

Form 10: Report of Parties’ Planning Meeting (Form 35, Fed. R. Civ. P.)

Form 11: Joint Case Management Statement and Proposed Order

Form 12: Order Setting Case Management Conference and Requiring Joint Case Management


Form 13: Order Regarding Initial Disclosures, Joint Status Report, and Early Settlement

Form 14: Report of Parties’ Planning Meeting Under Fed. R. Civ. P. 26(f) and L.R. 16.3(b)

Form 15: Order Setting Requirements for Rule 26 and Other Pretrial Matters

Form 16: Uniform Trial Practice and Procedures

Form 17: Jurisdictional Checklist

Form 18: Order Concerning Removal

Form 19: Civil RICO Actions

Form 20: Scheduling Order

Form 21: Case Management Order

Form 22: Rule 16(b) Scheduling Order

Form 23: Rule 16.1(A) Initial Order

Form 24: Pretrial Scheduling Order

Form 25: Pretrial Order – Jury Case


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