The Compact Tenth Edition of this popular casebook is designed for a one-semester course in Civil Procedure of three- or four-credit hours. The shortening of the materials found in the larger Tenth Edition and the elimination of certain chapters reflect the authors' judgments concerning what should be the central themes of a Civil Procedure course. The authors continue to believe that the larger Tenth Edition will prove advantageous for many teachers who have shorter courses of even three hours because it provides the maximum flexibility in terms of coverage, depth, and emphasis. Like the larger Tenth Edition, the Compact Tenth Edition reflects the restyled Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, incorporates new Supreme Court cases that impact such topics as pleading, subject-matter jurisdiction, and joinder, and is designed to be accompanied by the authors' latest Civil Procedure Supplement. This 650 page book has 16 chapters that address: An overview of a civil action Territorial jurisdiction over the parties or their property Due process notice and participation rights Jurisdiction over the subject matter of the action Venue, transfer, and forum non conveniens Ascertaining the applicable law: the Erie doctrine, federal common law, and federal law in state-court actions Modern pleading Joinder of claims and parties Class actions Adjudication without trial, with an emphasis on the summary-judgment motion The right to a jury and other elements of trial Appellate review Alternative dispute resolution.