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Actively read the textbook chapters and review the website and document linked into the Learning Resources.
Complete the worksheet answers by thoroughly answering all questions using full sentences unless the question asks for a list or a chart.
Cite to your sources after each answer using the Bluebook citation form or MLA/APA, including the page number (Ex. 16) where you found your answer.
• First time citing in an assignment: Sean Melvin, David Orozco, F.E. Guerre-Pujol, Business Law and Strategy 16 (McGraw Hill 2021).
• Then use the short form Melvin at 16.
Chapter 4: The American Judicial System, Jurisdiction, and Venue
1. Summarize the differences between state and federal courts.
2. Identify the party or parties bringing a lawsuit and defending a lawsuit.
3. Briefly describe the role of each level of the federal court system: (1) District Courts; (2) Courts of Appeal (United States Circuit Courts); and (3) the United States Supreme Court.
4. Research the current members of the United States Supreme Court identify the justices by name. (See link to the Supreme Court website in the module Learning Resources page).
5. Briefly describe the differences (at least two) between trial courts and appellate courts.
6. Explain the two main types of jurisdiction required before a court hears a case: (1) personal jurisdiction and (2) subject matter jurisdiction. (Note: See lecture for “in rem” jurisdiction)
7. Describe the two main avenues of federal jurisdiction under Article III of the United States Constitution: (1) Federal Diversity Jurisdiction; and (3) Federal Question Jurisdiction.
8. Explain how a state court has the authority to hear a case over an out-of-state defendant.
9. Briefly describe the “minimum contacts” application found in the court case of Zippo Manufacturing Company v. Zippo Dot Com, Inc., 952 F. Supp. 1119 (W.D. Pa. 1997).
Chapter 5: Resolving Disputes: Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution
10. Describe the importance of planning for civil litigation from a business perspective.
11. Identify and briefly describe the three requirements for a plaintiff to have standing to sue.
12. Briefly describe the roles of a “complaint” and an “answer” in civil litigation.
13. Identify one type of “motion” and briefly describe its purpose.
14. Identify and briefly describe the methods or tools of discovery.
15. Describe the three main methods of alternative dispute resolution.
16. Under the Federal Arbitration Act identify four grounds or scenarios that describe when courts may “set aside” an arbitrator’s award. What primary source of American law is this act?