Author Archives: Charles Landrum

Guest Post @ Simple Justice


Will The ACLU Make “Dr. DRE” A Precedent In Georgia?

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Christmas Truce


Perhaps one of the most unusual events of World War I was the Christmas Truce of 1914. In the midst of all-out war between the Allies and the Germans, some individual soldiers dared to call out across the trenches and offer respite from the fighting:

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Just Say No?


Every time I read a post about an “officer-involved” shooting, I wonder if it always has been this way or if this is new. Are we merely hearing about it more because there is no such thing as “local” news anymore? Or are we merely seeing it more because everyone […]

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Mail Chauvinists


As I’ve written before, the days are numbered for the additional “3 days” that are afforded attorneys in responding to documents served electronically. Except in the Northern District of Georgia, where electronic filing via CM/ECF is “snail mail”. Wait, what?

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A Day Late…or Maybe 3


In five months, the “additional three days” will become an endangered species: (d) Additional Time After Certain Kinds of Service. When a party may or must act within a specified time after service and service is made under Rule 5(b)(2)(C), (D), (E), or (F), 3 days are added after the […]

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Proportional Response


On December 1, 2015, a number of changes will be made to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. I predict that the most important will be these five words added to Rule 26(b)(1): “proportional to the needs of the case” I am by no means the first to make this […]

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84 Gets 86’d


In two weeks, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 84 will be no more. Cited a mere 623 times by Federal Courts—and only once by the Supreme Court—Rule 84 has become obsolete, a relic of days gone by when lawyers could slap together complaints and file them just before the statute of […]

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A Motion to Seal (or a Motion for the Streisand Effect?)


In civil litigation, a well-crafted motion to seal can ensure that confidential information stays confidential. But a motion to seal is not an effective tool when a party attempts to use it in a manner akin to the EU’s recently imposed “right-to-be-forgotten” ruling, such as by asking a court to seal dispositive orders twelve […]

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The (Court) House Always Wins


Ours is a “nation of laws.” But seeking relief under those laws, one quickly finds that ours is a “nation of rules”. There are the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. The Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure. The Supplemental Rules for Certain Admiralty and Maritime […]

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