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Introduction to Pleadings and Motions

An introduction to the complaint, the answer to the complaint, motions to dismiss, and motions for summary judgment. Includes the typical structure, contents, and strategic considerations of these filings.

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    The Complaint

    The complaint is the pleading that formally starts a lawsuit. This course provides an introduction to complaints, including the typical structure and content, pre-filing considerations, and ethical obligations when filing a complaint.

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    Answering a Complaint

    Answers respond to the allegations in a complaint. This course covers the main parts of an answer, how to respond to factual allegations, affirmative defenses, counterclaims, and cross-claims.

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    Motion to Dismiss

    An overview of motions to dismiss, including grounds for filing, the filing process, and how a motion to dismiss may affect the schedule of the litigation for different types of cases.