• A Motion by any Other Name...
  • December 31, 1969 | Author: Bruce P. Merenstein
  • Law Firm: Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP - Philadelphia Office
  • Courts often note that they should avoid exalting form over substance when interpreting laws. Similarly, in construing legal filings, courts typically eschew reliance on document titles in favor of examining their actual substance. Such was the path the Ninth Circuit took in a recent decision that led to the quick dismissal of an appeal as untimely.