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§ 6-1109. Pleading special matters.

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   (a) Capacity. It is not necessary to aver the capacity of a party to sue or be sued or the authority of a party to sue or be sued in a representative capacity or the legal existence of an organized association of persons that is made a party, except to the extent required to show the jurisdiction of the court. When a party desires to raise an issue as to the legal existence of any party or the capacity of any party to sue or be sued or the authority of a party to sue or be sued in a representative capacity, the party desiring to raise the issue shall do so by specific negative averment, which shall include such supporting particulars as are peculiarly within the pleader's knowledge.

   (b) Fraud, Mistake, Undue Influence, Condition of the Mind. In all averments of fraud, mistake, or undue influence, the circumstances constituting fraud, mistake, or undue influence shall be stated with particularity. Malice, intent, knowledge, and other condition of mind of a person may be averred generally.

   (c) Conditions Precedent. In pleading the performance or occurrence of conditions precedent, it is sufficient to aver generally that all conditions precedent have been performed or have occurred. A denial of performance or occurrence shall be made specifically and with particularity.

   (d) Official Document or Act. In pleading an official document or official act it is sufficient to aver that the document was issued or the act done in compliance with law.

   (e) Judgment. In pleading a judgment or decision of a domestic or foreign court, judicial or quasi‑judicial tribunal, or of a board or officer, it is sufficient to aver the judgment or decision without setting forth matter showing jurisdiction to render it.

   (f) Time and Place. For the purpose of testing the sufficiency of a pleading, averments of time and place are material and shall be considered like all other averments of material matter.

   (g) Special Damage. When items of special damage are claimed, they shall be specifically stated.

   (h) If, after consultation, the client consents in writing, an attorney may enter a “Limited Appearance” on behalf of an otherwise unrepresented party involved i n a court proceeding, and such appearance shall clearly define the scope of the lawyer’s limited representation. A copy shall be provided to the client and
opposing counsel or opposing party if unrepresented.

   (i) Upon completion of the limited representation, the lawyer shall within 10 days file a “Certificate of Completion of Limited Appearance” with the court. Copies shall be provided to the client and opposing counsel or opposing party if unrepresented. After such filing, the lawyer shall not have any continuing obligation to represent the client. The filing of such certificate shall be deemed to be the lawyer’s withdrawal of appearance which shall not require court approval.

COMMENT

 

   Neb. Ct. R. Pldg. §§ 6-1109(h) and (i) should be viewed in conjunction with Neb. Ct. R. of Prof. Cond. § 3-501.2 which specifically authorizes Limited Scope Representation in Nebraska. Neb. Ct. R. Pldg. §§ 6-1109(h) and (i) formalize the method by which lawyers enter a case for a limited purpose and how such representation is formally ended.

§ 6-1109(h) and (i) adopted September 3, 2008; Comment amended September 3, 2008.

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