Civil Lawsuit Basics: How to Correct Mistakes and Defaults

Class recorded March 23, 2020.

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Mistakes happen in the course of a civil lawsuit. For example, a defendant may fail to respond to a lawsuit within the required time, resulting in a "default," which terminates the rights of the defendant to dispute the allegations. Or, a plaintiff may fail to respond to a defense motion, resulting in dismissal of the lawsuit. In this class, learn how to get back on track by asking a judge to "set aside" (or undo) defaults and other mistakes in California state courts.

Class covers:

  • California Code of Civil Procedure § 473: what it is, and why you need it
  • When and how a party may seek relief from his or her mistakes
  • What constitutes "default" and "dismissal," and what may be "set aside"
  • Preparing a motion to vacate default

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