In Federal Court, When Is An Affidavit A Declaration Even if Not Notarized?

Time and again,  litigators experience hassles with a witness obtaining notarization of a signature. That sometimes leads to submission of affidavits that are technically not proper, and related angst. But is such an affidavit a declaration under penalty of perjury, if the “penalty of perjury” language is used?  Yes, said an Illinois federal court  See Snyder v. Wal-Mart Stores, No. 18 C 583 (April 2, 2018). Hat tip to Steven Garmisa for flagging the case in a July 16, 2018 article in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin (paywall).

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Since becoming a lawyer in 1983, Kirk’s over 30 years of practice have focused on advising a wide range of corporations, associations, and individuals (as both plaintiffs and defendants) on both tort and commercial law issues centered around “mass torts.”


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