California Debt Collection Laws

Statute of limitations for open accounts, written contracts, domestic and foreign judgments: Contract (in writing), 4 years Code of Civil Procedure § 337(1) Contract (oral or not in writing), 2 years Code of Civil Procedure § 339(1) Open Book Account, 4 years Code of Civil Procedure §§ 337(2), 337a Account Stated, 4 years Code of…

The Bluebook v. California Style Manual

For many years, the California Style Manual has served as the official guide for styling citations to legal materials in documents filed with state courts in California. Effective January 1, 2008, however, California Rule of Court, Rule 1.200 provides: Citations to cases and other authorities in all documents filed in the courts must be in…

Computing Deadlines in Federal Court

To compute deadlines in federal court: Determine what your triggering event is (e.g., the date your client was served with a complaint or the hearing date for a motion that you want to bring). Count the days forward (e.g., from service of the complaint) or backward (e.g., from the hearing date), as appropriate, to determine…

Computing Deadlines in State Court

To compute deadlines in state court: Determine what your triggering event is (e.g., the date your client was served with a complaint or the hearing date for a motion that you want to bring). Count the days forward (e.g., from service of the complaint) or backward (e.g., from the hearing date), as appropriate, to determine…