Civil Procedure I


An answer is a formal written response to a complaint.

An answer can include:

  1. Defenses. Rule 8(b).
  2. Affirmative defenses. Rule 8(c).
  3. Motions to strike. Rule 12(f).
  4. Bring in a third-party defendant. Rule 14.

An answer is required within 21 days of service unless it is waived, in which case the defendant has 60 days.