Preserving Appellate Rights When Moving for Reconsideration

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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.


Originally published by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in 2010.

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