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A Tale Of Two Waivers: Waiver Of The Jury Waiver Defense Under The Federal Rules Of Civil Procedure, Jarod S. Gonzalez Jul 2008

A Tale Of Two Waivers: Waiver Of The Jury Waiver Defense Under The Federal Rules Of Civil Procedure, Jarod S. Gonzalez

Jarod S. Gonzalez

There is an extensive amount of academic commentary on the enforceability of pre-dispute contractual jury waivers. My article, entitled A Tale of Two Waivers: Waiver of the Jury Waiver Defense under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, considers a related topic that has not received much scholarly attention: the procedure for raising a jury waiver defense in federal civil litigation. Specifically, I advocate a novel approach that treats a contractual jury waiver defense as an affirmative defense under Rule 8 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The affirmative defense approach requires a party that desires to strike a jury ...