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Litigation: Around the horn with the motion in limine

Motions in limine are like reliable infielders blocking opponents’ advances

When a trial date approaches, litigators have their own checklists to keep track of pretrial preparations. As they go through the checklist, they may feel a little like a baseball manager filling out a lineup card. They should always find a spot in the lineup for the motion in limine, a versatile, utility infielder on whom you can rely to keep unhelpful information from reaching a jury’s attention.

The most common purpose of a motion in limine is to prevent the admission into evidence of testimony or documents that may damage a party’s case, but that also may suffer from some evidentiary shortcoming. It is, as the 7th Circuit once has noted, “a request for guidance by the court regarding an evidentiary question.”

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Jim Steele

Jim Steele is a member at Carr Maloney. He counsels insurers on complex coverage matters and litigates insurance coverage disputes. He also defends clients in...

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