A Welcome and Valuable Resource

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A Welcome and Valuable Resource


Arnold, Morris S., Judicature


A welcome and valuable resource Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, Third Edition, by Robert Haig ed., West/Thomson Reuters, 2011-13. 11 volumes. $1,351

In 1999, when I reviewed the first edition of this treatise in these pages, I called it "a significant contribution to the modern legal literature," and I remarked on the work's impressive scope. About ten years later, I reported that the second edition of the treatise was a greatly expanded and improved version of the first. The third edition has now appeared. It updates the previous edition to reflect changes in substantive law and federal procedure, revises the second edition's 96 chapters, and adds 34 new ones to boot. The new work effectively describes the growing complexity and rapid evolution of commercial litigation that has occurred over the past several years and is thus a welcome and valuable resource. Many products come with a warranty that they are new and improved, but this one truly is.

The editor of the treatise, Robert L. Haig, is a litigation partner at Kelley Drye & Warren in New York City. Mr. Haig, who has extensive experience in commercial litigation in federal and state courts and is himself a distinguished lawyer and legal writer, has brought together a remarkable group of contributors to write the treatise, including many of the country's top commercial litigation practitioners as well as 22 federal judges. Together, the contributors cover both substantive law and rules of procedure, as well as the relationship between the two, which allows the editor to present a holistic guide to commercial litigation, shepherding the practitioner- and judge- through the entirety of the commercial litigation process.

Although all of the chapters deserve notice, the confines of a book review do not allow an adequate summary of the wide-ranging subjects treated in the work. …

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