oStatutory law- written law
•You want to know the law, you look it up !!
•Written law deciphered by just looking it up !!
•Legislators make the law, judges enforce it.
•Case law or precedent
oAdministrative Law (Agency regulations)
•Body of law that governs the activities of administrative agencies of government
•Note the interaction between law and facts
oLaw=judge ; Facts=jury (most of the time)
oCivil (money) vs. Criminal law (jail time)
•People can sue each other for money but can’t put each other in jail, only the state has the right too. •Civil law can include contracts and tort claims
•Claims in the U.S Legal System
oService of process (important)
•So the defendant knows everything and can respond well
•Procedure employed to give legal notice to a person (such as a defendant) of a court or adminstrative body’s excercise of its jurisdiction over that person so as to enable that person to respond to the proceeding before the court. oPreliminary motions
•Short concise statements
•One side brings evidence, other side brings their evidence and evaluate the evidence o Motions for summary judgment
oSelection of the jury
oPlaintiff’s case in-chief
oDefendant’s case in-chief
oPlaintiff’s case in rebuttal
oSummations (closing arguments)
oJudge’s charge to the jury-tells jury the law
oJury deliberations-determination of facts and how law applies •Questered- if its a high profile case
•Hung jury- jury unable to agree on verdict
oJudgment- loser can ask for jnov, new trail, remittitur (reduction in damages)
•State trial Courts
oState Appellate Courts
•State Supreme Court
•District Courts & Bankruptcy Courts
oCourts of Appeal
•United States Supreme Court
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
•Similar to litigation but less formal
•Can consist of
oArbitration (like a trial without the judge)
oOr Mediation (more caasual means to facilitate settlement) •ADR is often provided for in contracts
Key Considerations in Navigating the U.S Legal System
•Where’s the money ?
•What’s the role of insurance ?
•How comfortable are we with risk ?
Jurisdiction- Where and in what court will a case be heard ?
•Applies to both individuals and corporate entities
•Depends upon presence and activities
•State courts hear most cases
•Federal courts require federal question jurisdiction or diversity jurisdiction
oCitizens of different states AND
oMore that $75,000 at issue
•You need these requirements to get into Federal Court
oOr violation of federal law
Civil Rights Act of 1964
•Prior to 1964- discrimination, especially racial, was rampant •Terms to know
•Note : not gender, age, or seuxual orientation ; not covered by civil rights act of 1964 oCovered establishment
•lodging facilities for transients (except bed and breakfasts of 5 or fewer rooms and occupied by the proprietor) •dining facilities
•places of entertainment
•Note : don’t worry about interstate commerce requirement oUnitary Rule
•Where a covered facility is located within a noncovered business, both the covered and noncovered business are subject to the act oPrivate clubs
•Civil Rights Act does not apply to private clubs, but such clubs must bonafide and selective admission requirements oWhat is actionable ?
•The civil rights act pertains to dicrimination in places of public accommodation •Individuals are only guaranteed the right to enter a covered facility and receive service. Bad service isn’t covered. oRemedies
•The Civil Rights Act provides for injuctive relief and attorney’s fees •Injuctive...