Rule 12. Defenses and Objections: When and How Presented; request for assessment of the petitions; consolidation requests; waiver of defense; pre-trial hearing (2023)

(a)It's time to file an answer pleading.

(1)Usually.Except as otherwise provided by this rule or federal law, the time limit for service of a Response Brief is as follows:

(A) A defendant must file an answer:

(i) within 21 days of service of the summons and complaint; either

(ii) if you have resigned from the service on timeRule 4(d), within 60 days of mailing the request for waiver, or within 90 days of mailing to the respondent outside a jurisdiction of the United States.

(B) A party must file a response to a counterclaim or counterclaim within 21 days of service of the writing containing the counterclaim or counterclaim.

(C) A party must deliver a response to a response within 21 days after service of a response order, unless the order specifies a different time frame.

(2)United States and its agencies, officers or employees who are sued in an official capacity.The United States, a United States agency, or an official or employee of the United States who is sued in an official capacity must serve as United States Counsel within 60 days of service of a response to any complaint, counterclaim or counterclaim.

(3)US officials or employees sued as individuals.A U.S. official or employee who is sued as an individual for an act or omission performed in connection with functions performed on behalf of the United States must respond to a complaint, counterclaim, within 60 days of notice to the officer or employee or file a counterclaim or service with the United States Attorney, whichever occurs later.

(4)effect of a movementUnless the court determines a different time limit, service of a request under this rule modifies those time limits as follows:

(A) If the court denies the motion or defers its decision pending trial, the answer brief must be served within 14 days after service of the complaint by the court; either

(B) if the court grants a request for more specific testimony, the response brief must be delivered within 14 days after the more specific testimony is delivered.

(b)How to present defenses.Any defense to a claim for relief in a Brief must be asserted in the Answer Brief, if necessary. However, a party may file the following objections upon request:

(1) lack of jurisdiction over the subject matter;

(2) lack of personal responsibility;

(3) inappropriate place;

(4) inadequate process;

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(5) insufficient process delivery;

(6) failure to assert a claim to which a claim may be granted; Y

(7) Not joining a partyrule 19.

A motion to assert any of these defenses must be filed prior to the guilty plea if an answer plea is upheld. If a brief establishes a claim for relief that does not require a counter-brief, the opposing party may assert any defense against that claim in court. No defense or objection shall be waived by joining it with one or more defenses or objections in an Answer or Motion.

(C)Request for assessment of the allegations.After the pleadings are closed, but soon enough not to delay the process, a party may request a judgment on the pleadings.

(d)Result of the presentation of matters unrelated to the writings.Yes, upon request belowRule 12(b)(6)o12(c), matters presented outside of the pleadings and not dismissed by the court, the motion should be treated as a motion for summary judgmentrule 56. All parties must have a reasonable opportunity to present all documentation relevant to the application.

(mi)request for a more detailed explanation.A party may request a Response Statement to which a Response Statement is admissible, but which is so vague or ambiguous that the party cannot reasonably prepare a Response. The request must be made prior to the filing of a counter-brief and must specify the defects claimed and the desired details. If the court orders more specific testimony and the order is not complied with within 14 days after the order is issued or such time as the court determines, the court may vacate the brief or issue another appropriate order.

(F)strike request.The court may subtract from an allegation an inadequate defense or a superfluous, irrelevant, brazen or scandalous matter. The court may act:

(1) alone; or

(2) at the request of a party, either before answering the brief or, if no response is granted, within 21 days of service of the brief.

(grams)membership applications.

(1)right of accession.A request under this rule can join any other request allowed under this rule.

(2)Restriction on other applications.Except as provided inRule 12(h)(2)o(3), a party making a request under this Rule shall not file another request under this Rule that presents a defense or objection that was available to the party but was omitted from its prior request.

(h)Give up and maintain certain defenses.

(1)If you do without some.A party waives any defense set forth in the rule12(b)(2)-(5 of:

(A) omit it from an application in the circumstances described inRule 12(g)(2); o

(B) in the absence of:

(i) do so upon request under this Rule; either

(ii) include it in a reply brief or in an amendment approved byRule 15(a)(1)that obvious


(2)When to educate others.Failure to file a lawsuit upon which relief may be granted to join a person required byRule 19(b), or to establish a legal defense against a claim, you can do:

(A) in any legal or required writingRule 7(a);

(B) through a request underRule 12(c); o

(C) in court.

(3)Lack of jurisdiction in the matter.If at any time the court finds that it lacks subject matter jurisdiction, the court must dismiss the claim.

(YO)Preliminary hearing.When a group moves like this, each defense is listed inRule 12(b)(1)-(7) - either in writing or by motion - and a motion underRule 12(c)it must be heard and decided before the main hearing, unless the court orders a stay until the main hearing.


(Version of December 27, 1946, effective March 19, 1948; January 21, 1963, effective July 1, 1963; February 28, 1966, effective July 1, 1966; March 2, 1987, effective 1 August 1, 1987; April 22, 1993, effective December 1, 1993; April 17, 2000, effective December 1, 2000; April 30, 2007, effective December 1, 2007; March 2007, 2009, effective December 1, 2009).

Rules Advisory Committee Notes - 1937

Note on subdivision (a). 1. Compare [old] fairness rules 12 (issuance of a summons - response time) and 31 (response - if necessary - if the cause is disputed); 4 Mont.Rev.Codes Ann. (1935) §§9107, 9158; N.Y.C.P.A. (1937) §263; N.Y.R.C.P. (1937) Rules 109-111.

2. 28 U.S.C. §763 [now 547] (Petition in Action v. United States; Notice; District Attorney Appearance) provides that the United States, as defendant, has 60 days to respond or defend itself. These and other laws that give the United States or any United States official or agency 60 days to respond or otherwise defend themselves are supported by this rule. To the extent that non-exempt laws in rule 81 provide a different defense time for a defendant, those laws will be modified. See 28 USC, [formerly] §45 (district courts; practice and procedure in certain cases under interstate commerce statutes) (30 days).

3. Compare the last sentence of [above] Rule of Justice 29 (Fenders - as illustrated) and N.Y.C.P.A. (1937) §283. See Rule 15(a) for the time within which an amended brief may be filed.

Note on subdivisions (b) and (d). 1. See, generally, [former] fairness rules 29 (Defence - as filed), 33 (Examination of adequacy of defense), 43 (Deficiency of party - resistance to an objection) and 44 (Deficiency de parte - late objection); N.Y.C.P.A. (1937) §§277-280; N.Y.R.C.P. (1937) Rules 106-112;English rules under the Judiciary Act(The Annual Practice, 1937) O. 25, r.r. 1–4; clark,code plea(1928) S. 371–381.

2. For provisions allowing defenses in response or rejoinder, seeEnglish rules under the Judiciary Act(The Annual Practice, 1937) O. 25, r.r. 1-4; 1 Miss Code Ann. (1930) §§378, 379. See [above] Equity Rule 29 (Defenses - as illustrated); U.S.C., Title 28, [formerly] §45 (District Courts; Practice and Procedure in Certain Cases Under Interstate Commerce Laws). U.S.C., Title 28, [old] §45, which substantially continues this rule, states: "The response need not be recited and challenged as to the sufficiency of the request or response because it does not establish cause of action or defense, it must be presented at the final hearing or by motion to dismiss the motion on these grounds, such motion may be filed at any time before an answer is filed.” See Calif.Code Civ.Proc.(Deering, 1937) §433; 4 Nevada Laws of Compensation (Hillyer, 1929) §8600 For provisions that the defendant can challenge and respond to at the same time, see Calif.Code Civ.Proc (Hirsch, 1937) §431;4 Laws of Nevada Compensation Nevada (Hillyer, 1929) §8598.

3. [Old] Equitable Rule 29 (Defenses - as illustrated) abolished objections and provided that objections on issues of law arising from the bill must be raised in a motion to dismiss or in reply, with a provision additionally, that each of these points of law, related to all or a substantial part of the reason or reasons mentioned, can be invoked and resolved "at the discretion of the court" before the final hearing. Also, many government practices have abolished the objection or retained it only to address substantive rather than formal deficiencies. See 6 Tennessee Code Ann. (Williams, 1934) §8784; Wing Code. Ann. (Michie, 1928) §9479; 2 Mass. Gen. Laws (Ter.Ed., 1932) ch. 231, §§15-18; Kansas Gen.Stat.Ann. (1935) §§60-705, 60-706.

Note on subdivision (c). Compare [old] Fairness Rule 33 (Defense Adequacy Test); N.Y.R.C.P. (1937) Rules 111 and 112.

Note on subdivisions (e)and (f). Compare [above] fairness rules 20 (A briefer and more detailed explanation may be required) and 21 (Scandal and insolence);English rules under the Judiciary Act(The Annual Practice, 1937) O. 19, r.r. 7, 7a, 7b, 8; 4 Mont.Rev.Codes Ann. (1935) §§9166, 9167; The N.Y.C.P.A. (1937) §247; The N.Y.R.C.P. (1937) Regulations 103, 115, 116, 117; Wyo.Rev.Stat.Ann. (Courtright, 1931) §§89–1033, 89–1034.

Note on subdivision (g). Vgl. Rules of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia (1937), Equity Rule 11; N.M. Rules of Pleading, Practice, and Procedure, 38 N.M.Rep. vii [105–408] (1934); Wash. Gen. Rules of the Superior Courts, 1 Wash. Rev. Stat. Ann. (Remington, 1932) p. 160, Rule VI (e) and (f).

Note on subdivision (h). Compare Calif.Code Civ.Proc. (Deering, 1937) §434; 2 min Est. (Maurer, 1927) §9252; N.Y.C.P.A. (1937) §§278 and 279; Wash. Gen. Superior Court Rules, 1 Wash. Rev. Stat. Ann. (Remington, 1932) p. 160, Rule VI(e). This rule continues Title 28, §80 [now 1359, 1447, 1919] USC (release or custody) (of claims over which the circuit court has no jurisdiction), while Title 28, §399 [now 1653 ] of the USC (Changes to Show Multiple Citizenship) continues through rule 15.

Rules Advisory Committee Notes - 1946 Amendment


subdivision (a). Made several minor language changes to improve the meaning of the rule. All references to master data have been removed in accordance with the changes in subsection (e).

subdivision (b). The addition of Defense (7), "do not join an essential group", fixes a loophole in the rules that says nothing about how such a flaw is applied. See comment,Method of objection to the non-adherence of an indispensable party(1940) 2 Fed. Rules Serv. 658 and (1942) 5 Fed. Rules Serv. 820. In one caseUnited States v. Metropolitan Life Ins. co. (EDPa. 1941) 36 F. Supp. 399, the lack of affiliation with an essential party was charged under rule 12(c).

Rule 12(b)(6), which allows a motion to dismiss when the complaint does not claim a right of remedy, is essentially the same as the old objection to fail to establish a cause of action. Some courts have held that because the rule in its terms refers to statements in the complaint, irrelevant matters cannot be introduced in affidavits, testimony, or otherwise in support or opposition of the motion. On the other hand, in many cases the district courts have allowed the introduction of said material. Where such cases have reached the appellate courts in situations where the irrelevant material so obtained shows that there is no serious doubt as to a material matter of fact as to the undisputed facts as disclosed in the affidavits or affidavits are legally entitled to one party or the other to a judgment, the district courts have been reluctant to decide the case solely on the basis of the brief and, in the interest of speedy settlement of the lawsuit, have ruled a final decision on the matter. In dealing with such situations, the Second Circuit has reasonably suggested that the motion, regardless of its original title or basis, may be treated as a motion for summary judgment and decided as such.Samara vs. the United States(C.C.A.2d, 1942) 129 F.(2d) 594, cert. Höhle. (1942) 317 US 686;Boro Hall Corporation. against General Motors Corp.. (C.C.A.2d, 1942) 124 F.(2d) 822, Cert. Cave. (1943) 317 US 695. See alsoKithcart contra Metropolitan Life Ins. co. (C.C.A.8th, 1945) 150 F.(2d) 997, aff'g 62 F.Supp. 93.

It has also been suggested that this practice may be justified by the fact that federal regulations allow "speaker" requests. The Committee is of the opinion that when a motion under Rule 12(b)(6) to dismiss the claim for lack of reasons, the trial court should have the power to allow the introduction of irrelevant matters, such as presented in a motion. for expedited sentencing, and if you do not rule out such a matter, the request must then be treated as a request for expedited sentencing and resolved in the manner and under the conditions specified in rule 56 in relation to expedited sentencing, and indeed in such a situation , the Court of Appeal must treat the application in the same way when the case is received by the Court of Appeal. However, the Committee believes that such a practice should be subject to the summary judgment rule. The term "speech gesture" is not mentioned in the rules, and if there is such a thing, its boundaries are not defined. When ancillary matters are received, courts have a clear basis in the rules for processing the application by linking the subsequent procedure to the urgent decision rule.

In particular, the Committee emphasizes the fact that the summary judgment rule does not allow a court to rule on affidavits that reveal a conflict of fact on a material matter of fact, and unless that practice is subject to the trial rule. summary, it would be uncertain to what extent a court would rule on the introduction of such an irrelevant fact can decide questions of fact on contradictory evidence.

Decisions dealing with this general situation can generally be grouped as follows: (1) cases dealing with the use of affidavits and other irrelevant material in applications; (2) Cases in which sentences are revoked to prevent a final decision based solely on mere allegations.

In group (1) are:Boro Hall Corporation. against General Motors Corp.. (C.C.A.2d, 1942) 124 F.(2d) 822, Zert. Höhle. (1943) 317 US 695;Gallup contra Caldwell(C.C.A.3d, 1941) 120 F.(2d) 90;Central Mexico Light & Power Co. vs. Munch(C.C.A.2d, 1940) 116 F.(2d) 85;National Labor Relations Board gegen Montgomery Ward & Co. (App.D.C. 1944) 144 F.(2d) 528, cert. Cueva. (1944) 65 S. Ct. 134;Urquhart contra American-La France Foamite Corp. (Appendix D.C. 1944) 144 F.(2d) 542;Samara vs. the United States(C.C.A.2d, 1942) 129 F.(2d) 594;Cohen contra American Window Glass Co.. (C.C.A.2d, 1942) 126 F.(2d) 111;Sperry Products Inc. v. Union of American Railroads(C.C.A.2d, 1942) 132 F.(2d) 408;Joint Council Dining Car Employees Local 370 gegen Delaware, Lackawanna und Western R. Co. (C.C.A.2d, 1946) 157 F.(2d) 417;Weeks vs. Bareco Oil Co.. (C.C.A.7th, 1941) 125 F.(2d) 84;Carroll contra Morrison Hotel Corp. (C.C.A.7th, 1945) 149 F.(2d) 404;Win against Manning(C.C.A.3rd, 1942) 128 F.(2d) 415;International Longshoremen's Association local #1470, #1469 and #1512 v Southern Pacific Co. (C.C.A.5th, 1942) 131 F.(2d) 605;Lucking contra Delano(C.C.A.6th, 1942) 129 F.(2d) 283;San Francisco Lodge No. 68 of the International Association of Machinists v. forrestal(N.D.Cal. 1944) 58 F.Supp. 466;Benson contra Export Equipment Corp.. (N. Mex. 1945) 164 P.2d 380 (under New Mexico Rule interpretation identical to Rule 12(b)(6);F. E. Myers & Bros. Co. gegen Gould Pumps, Inc.. (W.D.N.Y. 1946) 9 Fed.Rules Serv. 12b.33, Otoño 2, 5 F.R.D. 132. Vgl.Kohler v. Jacobs(C.C.A.5th, 1943) 138 F.(2d) 440;Cohen vs. the United States(CCA 8th, 1942) 129 F.(2d) 733.

In Group (2) are:Sparks vs Inglaterra(CCA 8th, 1940) 113 F.(2d) 579;Continental Collieries, Inc. gegen Shober(C.C.A.3d, 1942) 130 F.(2d) 631;Downey contra Palmer(C.C.A.2d 1940) 114 F.(2d) 116;DeLoach gegen Crowley's Inc. (C.C.A.5th, 1942) 128 F.(2d) 378;Leimer contra State Mutual Life Assurance Co. de Worcester, Massachusetts. (CCA 8th, 1940) 108 F.(2d) 302;Rossiter contra Vogel(C.C.A.2d, 1943) 134 F.(2d) 908, vgl. s. C. (C.C.A.2d, 1945) 148 F.(2d) 292;Karl Kiefer Machine Co. v Estados Unidos Bottlers Machinery Co.. (C.C.A.7th, 1940) 113 F.(2d) 356;Chicago Metallic Mfg. Co. contra Edward Katzinger Co.. (C.C.A.7th, 1941) 123 F.(2d) 518;Louisiana Farmers' Protective Union, Inc. gegen Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. of America, Inc.. (CCA 8th, 1942) 131 F.(2d) 419;advertising building realty corp. against Hannegan(CCA 8th, 1943) 139 F.(2d) 583;Dioguardi v. durante(C.C.A.2d, 1944) 139 F.(2d) 774;Package Closure Corp. gegen Sealright Co., Inc.. (C.C.A.2d, 1944) 141 F.(2d) 972;Tahir Erk v. Glenn L. Martin Co.. (C.C.A.4th, 1941) 116 F.(2d) 865;Bell gegen Preferred Life Assurance Society de Montgomery, Alabama. (1943) 320 US 238.

The addition at the end of subsection (b) clarifies that an application under Rule 12(b)(6) cannot deem material irrelevant if the court excludes it, but that if the court does not exclude such material, the Application is treated as a request for summary judgment and resolved pursuant to rule 56. It is also noted that when a request under Rule 12(b)(6) is converted to a request for summary judgment in this manner, the amendment guarantees that both parties will have a reasonable opportunity to provide affidavits and evidence from others to avoid surprises. the party converting the motion into a motion for summary judgment. In this way and to the extent that the modification governs the practice described above. Since courts already handle cases this way, the effect of this change is simply to carefully define the practice and apply the requirements of the summary judgment rule when downloading the application.

subdivision (c). The sentence added to subsection (c) fulfills the same function and is based on the same foundations as the corresponding sentence added in subsection (b).

subdivision (d). The change here was necessitated by the addition of defense (7) in subdivision (b).

Subdivision(s). References in this subsection to a list of materials have been removed and the intended request is limited to a more specific explanation, which can only be obtained in cases where the requester cannot reasonably be required to make a response or other presentation of response to the allegation in question Regarding the preparation of the process, the party is duly referred to the various means of investigation and investigation provided for in the Regulation.Slusher contra Jones(E.D.Ky. 1943) 7 Fed.Rules Serv. 12e.231, otoño 5, 3 F.R.D. 168;Best Foods, Inc. por General Mills, Inc.. (D.Del. 1943) 7 Fed.Rules Serv. 12e.231, otoño 7, 3 F.R.D. 275;Braden contra Callaway(E.D.Tenn. 1943) 8 Fed.Rules Serv. 12e.231, Case 1 (" . . most courts . . . conclude that the required degree of certainty is only such that the party is sufficient to file a to prepare a written response"). Consequently, there is also no reference to the 20-day period, as this provision is intended to specify a period for the presentation of the bill in preparation for the main hearing.

Rule 12(e), as originally written, has been the subject of more court decisions than any other part of the Rules and has been heavily criticized by commentators, judges, and members of the Bar Association. See general discussion and cases cited in 1Moores Bundespraxis(1938), Cum.Supplement §12.07, at "page 657"; also Holtzoff,New federal case and the courts(1940) 35-41. And compare the vote of the Conference of Circuit and Circuit Judges of the Second Circuit (June 1940) recommending the suppression of the registry of persons;Sun Valley Mfg. Co. contra Mylish(EDPa. 1944) 8 Fed. Rules Serv. 12e.231, Case 6 (“Our experience...has shown not only that 'the Office of Vital Records is rapidly becoming obsolete'...but that given the proper disclosure procedure required by the Rules is available, requests of lists of persons should be abolished entirely.");Walling gegen American Steamship Co.. (W.D.N.Y. 1945) 4 F.R.D. 355, 8 Fed. Rules Serv. 12e.244, Case 8 (" . . . adoption of the rule was ill-advised. It has led to confusion, duplication, and delay.") The tendency of some courts to voluntarily grant extended registration information served to neutralize any useful benefits that arises from rule 8, and ignored the intended application of the rules on deposits and discoveries. The words "or in preparation for the process" - which have been removed by the proposed amendment - have sometimes been taken as reasons for the mandatory disclosure of all the details that the applicant would need to do in the process. On the other hand, many courts have effectively removed these words from the rule. WatchMasonry vs. Alabama Pipe Co. (WDMo. 1942) 6 Fed.Rules Serv. 12e.244, Otoño 7;Fleming gegen Mason & Dixon Lines, Inc.. (E.D.Tenn. 1941) 42 F.Supp. 230;Kellogg Co. contra National Biscuit Co. (D.N.J. 1941) 38 F.Supp. 643;Brown v. H. L. Green Co. (SDNY 1943) 7 Fed.Rules Serv. 12e.231, Otoño 6;Pedersen contra Standard Accident Ins. co. (WDMo. 1945) 8 Fed.Rules Serv. 12e.231, Otoño 8;Bowles vs. Ohse(D.Neb. 1945) 4 F.R.D. 403, 9 Fed.Reglas Serv. 12e.231, otoño 1;lawsuit against Cohen(E.D.N.Y. 1945) 9 Fed.Rules Serv. 8a.25, Fall 4;Bowles contra Lawrence(D.Mass. 1945) 8 Fed.Rules Serv. 12e.231, otoño 19;McKinney Tool & Mfg. Co. gegen Hoyt(N.D.Ohio 1945) 9 Fed.Rules Serv. 12e.235, Otoño 1;Bowles vs. Jack(D.Minn. 1945) 5 F.R.D. 1, 9 Fed. Rules Serv. 12e.244, Case 9. And the court urged the removal of the sentence.poole against white(NDW Va. 1941). 5 Fed.Rules Serv. 12e.231, Case 4, 2 F.R.D. 40. See alsoBowles vs. Gabel(W.D.Mo. 1946) 9 Fed.Rules Serv. 12e.244, Case 10 ("Courts have never preferred that part of the Rules which undertook to justify a motion of this nature to help counsel prepare his case to support the process").

subdivision. This change provides a specific method for determining the inadequacy of a defense, an issue that has concerned some courts, even though attacks have been allowed in one form or another. WatchDysart gegen Remington-Rand, Inc.. (D.Conn. 1939) 31 F.Supp. 296;Eastman Kodak Company. gegen McAuley(SDNY 1941) 4 Fed.Rules Serv. 12f.21, otoño 8, 2 F.R.D. 21;Schenley Distillers Corp. v. White fish(EDSC 1940) 34 F.Supp. 678;Yale Transport Corp. genera Yellow Truck & Coach Mfg. Co. (SDNY 1944) 3 F.R.D. 440;United States v. Turner Milk Co.. (N.D.Ill. 1941) 4 Fed.Rules Serv. 12b.51, Otoño 3, 1 F.R.D. 643;Teiger versus Stephan Oderwald AG. (SDNY 1940) 31 F.Supp. 626;Teplitsky gegen Pensilvania R. Co. (N.D.Ill. 1941) 38 F.Supp. 535;Gallagher contra Carroll(EDNY 1939) 27 F.Supp. 568;United States vs. Palmer(SDNY 1939) 28 F.Supp. 936. And beholdCompensation Ins. North Co. American Airways, Inc.. . . . (SDNY 1944) 58 F.Supp. 338; commentary,Methods of attack Inadequate defense in response(1939) 1 Fed.Rules Serv. 669 (1940) 2 Fed.Rules Serv. 640.

subdivision (g). The title change corresponds to the provision attached in subsection (h).

The amendment to the “exception” clause requires that, unlike subparagraph (h), a party making a normally specified objection request must include in a single request all requests available to it. Under the original rule, objections that could be raised by motions were divided into two groups that could be the subject of two consecutive motions.

subdivision (h). It is necessary to add the sentence related to the indispensable parts.

Rules Advisory Committee Notes - 1963 Amendment

This change corresponds to the change to rule 4(e). See also Advisory Committee note on amended rule 4(b).


Rules Advisory Committee Notes - 1966 Amendment

Subdivision (b)(7). The terminology of this subdivision has been modified to be consistent with the amendment to Rule 19. See the Advisory Committee's note on the amended rule 19, particularly the third paragraph before the heading “Subdivision (c)”.

subdivision (g). Subdivision (g) has prohibited a defendant filing a preliminary motion under this rule from filing another motion that sets forth defenses or objections that were available to him at the time the first motion was filed and that could have included but not incorporated facts contained in the same. Thus, if the defendant requests the dismissal of the default action before the answer, he is precluded from filing a new submission raising the forum inadmissibility objection if that objection was available to him when he filed his original submission. Subsection (g) as amended has the same effect. This required consolidation of defenses and objections into a rule 12 application is healthy because it discourages piecemeal consideration of a case. For exceptions to the consolidation requirement, see the last section of subdivision (g) that relates to new subdivision (h)(2).

subdivision (h). The question has been raised as to whether a missed defense, which cannot be the basis of a second request, can nevertheless be asserted in the response. Subdivision (h) called for a waiver of “* * * defenses and objections that he [respondent] does not * * * raise * * * upon request * * * or, if he has not filed a request, in his response * * *.” If the 'if he has not made a request' clause was read verbatim, it appeared that the default defense had been overturned and could not be relied on in response. On the other hand, the clause could be read as adding nothing substantial to the preceding words; in this case, it appears that a defense was not waived because it was not in the application and could be made in the response. Decisions were divided. Beneficial resignation, cfKeefe contra Derounian, 6 F.R.D. 11 (N.D.Ill. 1946);Elbinger contra Precision Metal Workers Corp.., 18 F.R.D. 467 (E.D. Wis. 1956); See alsoRensing v Turner Aviation Corp., 166 F.Supl. 790 (N.D.Ill. 1958);P. Beiersdorf & Co. contra Duke Laboratories, Inc.., 10 F.R.D. 282 (SDNY 1950);Bear vs. Christensen, 92 F.Suppl. 78 (EDNY 1950). Opposite resignation, cfPhillips contra Baker, 121 F.2d 752 (9. Cir. 1941);Crum v. graham, 32 F.R.D. 173 (D.Mont. 1963) (following with regret the Phillips case); See alsoBirnbaum contra Birrell, 9 F.R.D. 72 (SDNY 1948);Johnson contra Joseph Schlitz Brewing Co.., 33 F. Supl. 176 (ED Tennessee 1940); cf.Carter gegen American Bus Lines, Inc.., 22 F.R.D. 323 (D. Neb. 1958).

Amended subsection (h)(1)(A) removes ambiguity and provides that it waives certain specific defenses that were available to a party when it filed a Request for Prior Response but that it omitted from the Request. The defenses advanced are lack of jurisdiction over the person, inappropriate forum, insufficient action and insufficient notice of action (see Rule 12(b)(2)-(5)). A party asking the court to request a threshold defense must present any specific defense that is available at the time and thus allow the court to do a reasonably complete job. The waiver reinforces subdivision (g) policy that prohibits consecutive applications.

Per amended subparagraph (h)(1)(B), established defenses, even if not overridden by the operation of (A), are overturned for failure to raise them through a rule 12 request or in the writ of response or a change thereto, to which the party is of course entitled. The objections raised are such that they should not be delayed and should be raised first by requesting the court to amend the counter statement.

Because the language of the divisions is clear, the party will be properly informed of the implications of its actions and omissions and can protect itself from an inadvertent waiver. It should be noted that while the defenses set forth in subsection (h)(1) are subject to the waiver provided therein, the more substantive defenses to not asserting a claim that is eligible for relief is to not join a party, subject to rule 19 and the lack of legal defense of a claim (see rule 12(b)(6),(7),(f)) and the lack of jurisdiction exception (see rule 12(b)(1) ), are expressly protected from waiver by amended subsection (h)(2) and (3).

Rules Advisory Committee Notes - 1987 Amendment

The changes are of a technical nature. No change in content is intended.

Rules Advisory Committee Notes - 1993 Amendment

Subdivision (a) is divided into paragraphs for clarity, and paragraph (1)(B) was added to reflect the changes to Rule 4. Pursuant to Rule 4(d)(3), a defendant who waives timely notification has 60 days from the date of sending the request for a response to the complaint, with an additional 30 days if the request is sent abroad. The notice will be timely waived if the waiver is returned with the paperwork within the time specified in the application (30 days after the application is sent or 60 days if sent abroad) and before it is formally delivered. Sometimes a plaintiff may try to serve a defendant and, at the same time, send the defendant a request for non-service; If the defendant executes the waiver of notification within the period indicated and before the notification of the proceedings, he must be granted the longest period to answer that the waiver of notification is granted.

The date the request was mailed must be indicated by the claimant on the face of the waiver request and on the waiver itself. This date is used to time the return date of the waiver form so that the claimant can know by a specific date if formal notice is required; It is also useful data for measuring response time when delivery is waived. The defendant who returns the waiver will have additional time to respond to ensure that they do not lose anything by waiving notice of the proceeding.

Committee Rules of Procedure Notes - 2000 Amendment

Rule 12(a)(3)(B) is added to supplement the addition of rule 4(i)(2)(B). The purposes underlying the requirement that the service be performed in the United States in a claim alleging the individual liability of a US officer or employee for acts committed in connection with the performance of duties on behalf of the States States also require this response period to be extended to 60 days. The United States is taking time to decide whether to represent the accused official or employee. If the United States assumes representation, the need for an extended response period is the same as for claims against the United States, a US agency, or a US official sued in an official capacity.

A claim brought against a former official or employee of the United States is covered by subsection (3)(B) in the same manner as a claim brought against a current official or employee. Termination of the Individual Respondent's relationship with the United States does not reduce the need for additional response time.

GAP message. No changes are recommended for published Rule 12.

Committee Rules of Procedure Notes - 2007 Amendment

The wording of Rule 12 has been changed as part of the overall reorganization of the Civil Code to make it easier to understand and to make style and terminology consistent across all Rules. These changes are meant to be stylistic only.

The old rule 12(a)(4)(A) referred to an order adjourning the processing of an application "until the main hearing." Rule 12(a)(4) now refers to suspending the order "pending trial." The new phrase avoids the ambiguity inherent in "main process", which can become confusing when there is a separate process related to a single problem or other event that is distinct from a single overall process.

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Changes after publication and comment.. See the note on Rule 1 above.

Committee Rules of Procedure Notes - 2009 Amendment

The times of 10 or 20 days given in the previous rule have been revised to 14 or 21 days. See note in Rule 6.


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