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Cal. Litig. 2015, Volume 28, Number 2

Timing Posttrial Motions: Statutory Amendments Freshen the Bait in Traps for the Unwary

By Paul R. Johnson

Paul R. Johnson

What harm could possibly result from getting an extension of time? Plenty, if it keeps you from getting a timely favorable ruling on your postjudgment motion or leads you to miss your appeal deadline. So much is at stake in calculating the deadlines for postjudgment relief that this article is a "must-read" for every trial lawyer. Beware, however, that the discussion of these procedural snares is "like a bottle of fine California Chardonnay — very dry." (Pratt v. Vencor, Inc. (2003) 105 Cal.App. 4th 905, 907 (Pratt).)

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