Friday, January 14, 2005


New Civil Cover Sheet (form JS-44)

Please be advised that effective January 1, 2005, when you file a new civil case, the U.S. District Court will require the use of a new civil cover sheet (form JS-44). The civil cover sheet includes five new nature of suit categories: 196: Franchise - Civil complaints filed in connection with a dispute in a franchise agreement, filed under 15 USC 2805, 16 CFR Part 435, 42 USC 532, and 47 USC 542. 445: Americans with Disabilities - Employment - Discrimination against an employee with disabilities of any type in the work place, filed under 42 USC 12117. 446: Americans with Disabilities - Other - Discrimination against an individual with disabilities in areas other than employment, filed under 42 USC 12133 (exclusion or discrimination in provision of services, programs or activities of a public entity) or 42 USC 12188 (public accommodations). 480: Consumer Credit - Civil complaints filed under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, 15 USC 1681n or 15 USC 1681o, and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 USC 1692k. 490: Cable/Satellite TV - Civil complaints filed involving unauthorized reception of cable/satellite TV service under 47 USC 553 (unauthorized reception of cable/satellite TV) or 47 USC 605(e)(3) (unauthorized use or publication of a communication).

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