emarxnj wrote:What's the functional difference between summary judgment (R.56) and judgement as a matter of law (R.50)?
MSJ: Before Trial (e.g. after discovery)
JMOL: During Trial (e.g. after plaintiff's case)
Here's more if you want it:
Soonest: When opponent “has been fully heard with respect to an issue” (e.g. in negligence case, after P presents negligence case but before they go into damages)
Latests: party must move for JMOL before case goes to jury
Standard: must be “no legally sufficient evidentiary basis for a reasonable jury to find for” the nonmoving party