Commencing a Federal Lawsuit Toolkit

Resources to help counsel commence a lawsuit in federal court, including resources that explain the initial considerations of bringing a suit, how to draft the complaint and other case initiating documents, how to file the complaint with the court, when and how to serve process on a defendant within the US, and the options for serving a defendant outside the US, such as under the Hague Service Convention and Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory.

Practical Law Litigation

This Toolkit contains resources on bringing a lawsuit in federal court, including how to:

  • Determine whether a federal court has jurisdiction over the claims and parties.

  • Identify the key issues to consider before commencing the suit.

  • Draft the complaint and other case initiating documents.

  • File the complaint with the court.

  • Serve the complaint and other case initiating documents on a defendant in the US (also referred to as serving process ( www.practicallaw.com/3-518-5068) ).

  • Serve process on a defendant outside the US, including under:

 

Practice Notes

 

Standard Documents

 

Checklists

 
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