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Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56

Definition

The provision of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that prescribes the applicable standard of review, rules of practice, time constraints, evidentiary requirements, and other rules governing any motion for summary judgment filed in any district court of the United States. The purpose of the rule is to provide a mechanism for disposing of cases that lack any genuine dispute of material fact, without incurring the burden and expense of an unnecessary trial.

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