Do you know if an appellate court will review your issue de novo?
The de novo (plenary) standard of review permits an appellate court to answer legal questions without giving any deference to the lower court–the goal of an appellant. The following list provides ten examples of matters that are reviewed de novo on appeal:
- Failure to State a Claim. Huertas v. Galaxy Asset Management, No. 10-2532, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 7397 (3d Cir. April 11, 2011).
- Subject-Matter Jurisdiction. In re Caterbone, No. 07-2151, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 6782 (3d Cir. April 4, 2011).
- Standing. In re Global Industrial Technologies, No. 08-3650, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 9109 (3d Cir. May 4, 2011).
- Qualified Immunity. Burns v. Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, No. 09-2872, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 7999 (3d Cir. April 20, 2011).
- Summary Judgment. Burns v. Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, No. 09-2872, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 7999 (3d Cir. April 20, 2011).
- Choice of Law. Travelers Casualty and Surety Company v. Insurance Company of North America, 609 F.3d 143 (3d Cir. 2010).
- International Agreement Interpretation. Gross v. German Foundation Industrial Initiative, 549 F.3d 605 (3d Cir. 2008).
- United States Sentencing Guidelines Interpretation. United States v. West, No. 09-2860, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 8694 (3d Cir. April 29, 2011).
- Order Compelling Arbitration. Century Indemnity Company v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, 584 F.3d 513 (3d Cir. 2009).
- Directed Verdict/Judgment as a Matter of Law. Galena v. Leone, No. 10-1914, 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 7562 (3d Cir. April 13, 2011).
*This is not a complete list of matters subject to plenary review. For helpful tips on writing a statement of the standard of review, see my earlier post: How to Write a Statement of the Standard of Review in Five Simple Steps.