The federal rules provide a mechanism that enables tardy litigants to seek an extension of an expired deadline provided the delay was the result of "excusable neglect." The 4th Circuit analyzed the excusable neglect standard in the context of a notice of appeal from a district court judgment filed one day late as a result of a technical error by counsel's computer calendaring system.
4th Circuit Rules Computer Oversight Not 'Excusable Neglect'
The Legal Intelligencer
June 21, 2011
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