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Federal Civil Rules Handbook, 2021 ed.

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Brand: Thomson West
Copyright: 2020
ISBN: 9781731965103
Publication Frequency: Updated as changes in the law dictate
Update format: N/A

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Federal Civil Rules Handbook, 2021 ed.


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From inception, Federal Civil Rules Handbook has aimed to bridge the gap between a simple, austere reprinting of the rules and an exhaustive but costly multi-volume treatise that explores the rules in comprehensive depth.

This handbook occupies the middle ground between these two poles: it sets the text of each Federal Rule of Civil Procedure alongside our authors' practical explanation as to what the rule means and how it operates in a legal practice.

Published in an easily referenced, single-volume format, it offers an affordable guide that can be kept by the desk, consulted in the court room, or carried wherever today's practitioner may need a trusted resource.

This handbook begins with an introduction to general concepts in federal practice, addressing issues such as personal and subject-matter jurisdiction, removal and remand, venue, the Erie doctrine, and issue and claim preclusion. Then, each rule is discussed in turn, beginning with the current rule text, followed immediately by author commentary to that rule and its subparts.

This commentary distills each rule’s “Purpose and Scope,” summarizes the “Core Concept” of each rule’s various subsections, and culminates in a practical explanation of the rule’s subparts in “Applications” — including helpful citations from the Supreme Court, the Federal Courts of Appeals, and the District Courts.

This publication also includes:

  • More than 1,400 citations to new interpretive cases to save research time.
  • Expert discussion and practice tips, including practical applications, limitations, and traps to avoid.
  • The Advisory Committee notes to the civil rules, which illuminate their legislative history.
  • The most often-consulted sections of Title 28 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) of USCA®.
  • A primer on appellate procedure, including the text of the appellate rules and their associated forms.
  • The text of the Federal Rules of Evidence.
  • An overview of federal multidistrict litigation (MDL).


  • "I bought the book last year. Why do I need a new edition this year?" To keep current in light of the historic volume of recent amendments to the Rules and court activity on procedural issues, this edition contains 1,400 citations to new case authority. Among the cases cited are 4 new civil procedure decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court: Biestek v. Berryhill (expert disclosures); Lomax v. Ortiz-Marquez (preclusive effect of voluntary dismissals); Ritzen Grp, Inc. v. Jackson Masonry, LLC