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Drafting a Complaint

In this lesson, you are presented with a hypothetical defamation case and instructed to compose a complaint for a diversity action in federal court.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the lesson, the student will be able to:

  1. Write a complaint.
  2. Distinguish between sample paragraphs and select the best ones for the complaint.
  3. Compose a complaint which pleads grounds for jurisdiction.
  4. List the elements of the claim at the proper level of generality.
  5. Recall how to avoid superfluity or violation of Rule 11.
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