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 Complaint

 

 United States District Court
 District of Massachusetts

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 Pleading Rules

Statement of Jurisdiction

A pleading that states a claim for relief must contain a short and plain statement of the grounds more...   

Statement of Claim for Relief

Each claim for relief must contain a "short and plain" statement of the claim showing that the pleader more...

Each allegation must be simple, concise, and direct. No technical form is required. . more...

Statement of Claims and Defenses

Paragraphs, Separate Statements

A party must state its claims or defenses in numbered paragraphs, each limited as far as practicable to more...

Adoption By Reference, Exhibits

A statement in a pleading may be adopted by reference elsewhere in the same pleading or in any more...

Separate Counts

A party must state its claims or defenses in numbered paragraphs, each limited as far as practicable to more...

Alternative and Inconsistent Claims

Each allegation must be simple, concise, and direct. No technical form is required. more...

Alternative Statements of a Claim or Defense

A party may set out 2 or more statements of a claim or defense alternatively or hypothetically, either more...

Inconsistent Claims or Defenses

A party may state as many separate claims or defenses as it has, regardless of consistency. . more...

Construing Pleadings

Pleadings must be construed so as to do justice. . more...

Capacity and Authority

Except when required to show that the court has jurisdiction, a pleading need not allege: more...

A party s capacity to sue or be sued; more...

A party s authority to sue or be sued in a representative capacity; or more...

The legal existence of an organized association of persons that is made a party. . more...

Raising Those Issues

To raise any of those issues, a party must do so by a specific denial, which must state more...

Heightened Pleading Requirements

Rule 9 imposes heightened pleading requirements for, among other things, averments regarding fraud, conditions precedent, and special damages. more...

Actions Challenging The Constitutionality of a Statute

There are special notice and certification procedures for actions that challenge the constitutionality of a statute.(Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 5.1 implements 28 U.S.C. Section 2403 and replaces the former final three sentences more...

Prayer For Relief

A pleading that states a claim for relief must contain a demand for the relief sought, which may more...

Jury Demand

On any issue triable of right by a jury, a party may demand a jury trial by: more...

Serving the other parties with a written demand which may be included in a pleading no later more...

Filing the demand in accordance with Rule 5. . more...

District of Massachusetts SmartRules procedural guide: JURY DEMAND. more...

 Form and Format of Papers

Caption

Every pleading must have a caption with the court's name, a title, a file number, and a Rule more...

Request for Special Action

When a pleading or paper filed with the court includes a request for special process or relief, or more...

Signature

Every pleading, written motion, and other paper must be signed by at least one attorney of record in more...

Signature on Electronic Documents

The user log-in and password required to submit documents to the ECF system serve as the ECF user's more...

Multiple Signatures

If a document requires more than one signatory, it must contain each signatory's name with a "/s/" block more...

Additional Requirements

District of Massachusetts SmartRules Guide: GENERAL RULES AND FORMATTING REQUIREMENTS. more...

 Additional Documents

Summons

A summons must be served with a copy of the complaint. The plaintiff is responsible for having the more...

Civil Cover Sheet

A civil cover sheet must be filed with the initial pleading filed in a case. . A form of civil cover sheet for the District is available online at the following link: . more...

Disclosure Statement

File With First Appearance

A party must file a disclosure statement with its first appearance, pleading, petition, motion, response, or other request more...

Supplemental Filing

A party must promptly file a supplemental disclosure statement if any required information changes. . more...

Contents

A nongovernmental corporate party must file 2 copies of a disclosure statement that identifies any parent corporation and more...

Registration for ECF System

As of January 1, 2006, electronic filing is mandatory in the District and every attorney or party must register as a filing user of ECF. more...

A registration form for the District is available online at the following link: . more...

Other Documents

The court may supply additional documents that must be served with the Complaint. more...

 Filing & Service

Filing Initial Papers

All ECF filers registered in the District of Massachusetts must file civil case opening documents, such as a more...

Issuance of Summons

When the complaint (or third-party complaint) is filed, the plaintiff presents the summons to the clerk, the clerk more...

Fee Schedule

The District's schedule of statutory and miscellaneous fees is available online at . more...

Service

For traditional service rules and procedures, District of Massachusetts SmartRules procedural guide: SERVICE OF PROCESS. more...

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