Final Examination, Fall 1997
1. Carefully analyze the facts and grasp the issues in each question before beginning to write. Spend time reading the question slowly and carefully.
2. State the issues and answers to each question concisely. Lengthy answers are not necessary.
3. Do not repeat questions in your answers. Write neatly and legibly on BOTH SIDES of each page.
4. Number your answers to correspond with the question, e.g., "I-B."
5. If you feel it necessary to assume additional facts in any of the questions, give the facts that must be added and state why.
6. Do not write in the margin of the book.
7. All major questions are equally weighted unless otherwise indicated. Subparts are approximately equal but may be weighted slightly differently according to the number of issues involved in that subpart.
8. Write your personal identification number and the name and section number of the course on which you are being examined on the cover of each examination book.
9. If you use more than one book, indicate "Book One," "Book Two" and so forth on the cover of each book and write your PIN and the name and section number of the course on the cover of each examination book.
10. A GOOD ANSWER IS NOT NECESSARILY A LONG ANSWER.
Having graduated from Southern and having passed the bar, you're now in private practice in Zachary. You're shocked to read in the Baton Rouge Morning Advocette one day an article quoting a former classmate, Stan Broadmouth, as saying that you cheated your way through law school. Stan mentions you by name. You want to sue. You quickly (but in this case erroneously) perceive that "he who is his own lawyer has a fool for a client." So you hire Baton Rouge Attorney L.S. Yew to represent you and to file a defamation suit against Stan Broadmouth and the Morning Advocette.
Your lawyer writes a couple of demand letters, but does nothing more. Nearly a year passes, and you inquire of your lawyer. "I won't let prescription run," he assures you. A year and three days after the tort, you call L.S. Yew to request a copy of the petition. "I'm sorry, but we didn't get it filed," he tells you.
You quickly file some very unpleasant things against Mr. Yew, but you still want justice from Stan Broadmouth and the Morning Advocette. Your research shows that only one state - New Hampshire - has a three-year statute of limitations on defamation. Your phone calls to New Hampshire reveal that the Dartmouth University Library, the University of New Hampshire Library, and the Manchester Public Library all subscribe to the Baton Rouge Morning Advocette.
Discuss the following:
A. May you sue Stan Broadmouth and the Baton Rouge Morning Advocette, a Louisiana corporation, in the courts of New Hampshire? How if at all will you get jurisdiction as to each? Discuss.
B. If the suit proceeds to trial, will the New Hampshire court apply Louisiana's substantive law of defamation, or New Hampshire's substantive law of libel? Why? Discuss.
C. Will New Hampshire apply Louisiana's prescriptive period? If so, why? If not, why not? Discuss.
D. If the suit proceeds to trial, will you be able to recover in the courts of New Hampshire only those damages you sustained in New Hampshire? Or will you be able to prove and recover damages sustained in Louisiana and elsewhere? Discuss.
A. List each of the various ways in which a state may obtain in personam jurisdiction over a person.
B. Explain the doctrine of mutuality of estoppel. State the Louisiana position on mutuality of estoppel, i.e., whether Louisiana requires mutuality of estoppel for issue preclusion.
C. Define "home state of the child" and list the various tests for determining child custody jurisdiction between two competing states, indicating the order in which those tests will be applied.
D. Define "renvoi."
E. Define "dépeçage."
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