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An Interpleader Primer

As its name implies, this lesson is designed to give the student an introduction to the subject of interpleader. The lesson briefly describes the concept of interpleader and some of the historical limitations on the remedy, but its focus is on interpleader under the federal statute and Rule 22.

The lesson introduces the various procedural issues involved--such as subject matter jurisdiction, personal jurisdiction and venue--and highlights the differences between statutory and rule interpleader on these subjects. The lesson also contains a segment on the problem presented in State Farm v. Tashire--enjoining other pending actions. The lesson requires the student to use the relevant statutes and rules, which are included in the lesson.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Define interpleader.
  2. List the four "classic" limitations to interpleader prior to the advent of the federal statute.
  3. List the requirements of 28 U.S.C. § 1335.
  4. Analyze the interpleader statute's own provisions for personal jurisdiction and venue under 28 U.S.C. §§ 1397 and 2361.
  5. Explain the need and authority for injunctions.
  6. Apply State Farm v. Tashire.
  7. Distinguish statutory interpleader from interpleader under Rule 22.
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