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LITIGATION 101: AN ASSOCIATE’S ANSWER CHECKLIST BY MICHAEL A. VERCHER1 You are given a complaint and asked to prepare an answer. Because no two complaints are ever exactly alike, the following is a basic guide to preparing an answer. Be sure to review the procedural rules applicable to the jurisdiction, including local rules. �� Calculate and calendar the deadline to file the answer. Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(a)(1)(A) requires service of an answer “within 20 days after being served with...

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