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We're sorry to have to do this. We'll try to minimize your agony. But be warned: These are the two least interesting cases currently on the Supreme Court's docket, and the only two cases to come out of the Tenth Circuit (so far).

What are talking about? Sufficient fact pleading for removal of massive class action lawsuits to federal court and some barely comprehensible case involving the federal Tax Injunction Act and the ability of federal courts to hear non-taxpayers' complaints about a state reporting law that is a "secondary aspect of state tax administration."

Actually, on second thought, these are kind of interesting ... in a "law school casebook fodder/exam torture" sort of way.

Rule changes are never exciting. (Heck, I fell asleep four times reviewing these.) But rule changes are important. Why? Because if you file a printed addendum instead of an appendix, Chief Judge Mary Beck Briscoe will leave Lawrence, Kansas, get into her car, drive to your office, and kick you in your appendix. Or something like that.

The rule changes include Fed-wide changes to bankruptcy appeals, as well as tweaks to the local rules for appendices and other housecleaning.

The Supreme Court released its order list Monday, and two notable cases originating in the Tenth Circuit were on it.

One case deals with a procedural issue, and seeks clarification on the pleading requirements for seeking removal to federal court. In the other case, the Court was asked to weigh in on whether New Mexico's public accommodations statute violated the First Amendment's prohibition on compelling speech.

Here's a breakdown of the two cases:

3 Electronic Filing Tips for the Utah District Court

For new attorneys practicing in the Utah District Court, it's essential to have a good handle on using the electronic case filling (ECF) system.

If you've practiced in the Tenth Circuit, you're probably e-filed before, but each court has its own unique rules.

Here are three tips for using the CM/ECF system in the Utah District Court, according to the local rules:

3 Quick Tips For New 10th Circuit Attorneys

For the new batch of appellate attorneys being sworn in this year, here are a few quick tips for practicing in the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Moot court was enough to make some palms sweat, but appearing before the second-highest court level in the U.S. is a huge step up. When you get consumed by the bigger picture, like your argument or clients, it's easy to forget the little things.

These three tips on the little things might help you avoid that "doh!" moment.

I will be the first to admit that procedure is just not my thing. I like studying issues pertaining to Constitutional law and civil rights. Procedure? Meh. For example, when learning about res judicata in law school, I had to invoke "The Lion King" and sang res judicata to the tune of "Hakuna Matata" just to keep myself from falling asleep.

So, if at any point while reading this you feel the same urge, please feel free to join me in singing (or humming).

So why this case? Because it has the best opening line ever: "The trouble began when Javier and Jesus Carranza approached a dancer at a strip club and offered to pay her for sex." (Oh, and when your editor assigns you a post, you do it).

Colorado Federal Court Offers ECF System Training

The U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado is offering in-person and online training for its Electronic Case Files (ECF) system.

Like many other jurisdictions, e-filing your federal court documents is pretty much mandatory in Colorado unless there's an exceptional circumstance, according the district court's website.

The ECF training is open to attorneys and law firm staff members, including paralegals and law clerks.

The Rules, they are a changing. As of December 1, 2013, amendments to the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure took effect. Not only that, but changes to the Tenth Circuit's local rules of the Tenth Circuit take effect on January 1, 2014.

Mark your calendars, and note these changes...

Often times, it's pretty clear which set of procedural rules, state or federal, apply to a case. But, when it comes to habeas review, state and federal procedures do a little dance. The Tenth Circuit recently reviewed a case that brought the interplay of procedural rules to center stage, and cast federal habeas review in the leading role.

In July, the United States District Court for the District of Kansas was presented with a question -- the first of its kind in the 10th Circuit: Can Facebook be used as the sole method of substitute process pursuant to Rule 4 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure?

Interesting question since Facebook has over 1 billion users worldwide. From what we can see, only three opinions address this issue: two from the Southern District of New York and one from the District of Kansas. Let's see where they stand -- and where they will take us.