Preserving Appellate Rights When Moving for Reconsideration
Filing post-trial motions complicates the appellate process. Certain motions toll the 30-day deadline to notice an appeal, which seems good since who doesn't want more time? But the extension comes with a cost. Those same motions void any notice of appeal filed before the motions are decided. That means that we forfeit the right to appeal unless we file a new notice.
Shaun B. Spencer, Preserving Appellate Rights When Moving for Reconsideration, MASS. LAW. WKLY, Aug. 30, 2010.