Goto Section: 76.5 | 76.7 | Table of Contents

FCC 76.6
Revised as of October 1, 2014
Goto Year:2013 | 2015
§ 76.6   General pleading requirements.

   (a) General pleading requirements. All written submissions, both
   substantive and procedural, must conform to the following standards:

   (1) A pleading must be clear, concise, and explicit. All matters
   concerning a claim, defense or requested remedy, should be pleaded
   fully and with specificity.

   (2) Pleadings must contain facts which, if true, are sufficient to
   warrant a grant of the relief requested.

   (3) Facts must be supported by relevant documentation or affidavit.

   (4) The original of all pleadings and submissions by any party shall be
   signed by that party, or by the party's attorney. Complaints must be
   signed by the complainant. The signing party shall state his or her
   address and telephone number and the date on which the document was
   signed. Copies should be conformed to the original. Each submission
   must contain a written verification that the signatory has read the
   submission and to the best of his or her knowledge, information and
   belief formed after reasonable inquiry, it is well grounded in fact and
   is warranted by existing law or a good faith argument for the
   extension, modification or reversal of existing law; and that it is not
   interposed for any improper purpose. If any pleading or other
   submission is signed in violation of this provision, the Commission
   shall upon motion or upon its own initiative impose appropriate

   (5) Legal arguments must be supported by appropriate judicial,
   Commission, or statutory authority. Opposing authorities must be
   distinguished. Copies must be provided of all non-Commission
   authorities relied upon which are not routinely available in national
   reporting systems, such as unpublished decisions or slip opinions of
   courts or administrative agencies.

   (6) Parties are responsible for the continuing accuracy and
   completeness of all information and supporting authority furnished in a
   pending complaint proceeding. Information submitted, as well as
   relevant legal authorities, must be current and updated as necessary
   and in a timely manner at any time before a decision is rendered on the
   merits of the complaint.

   (b) Copies to be Filed. Unless otherwise directed by specific
   regulation or the Commission, an original and two (2) copies of all
   pleadings shall be filed in accordance with § 0.401(a) of this chapter,
   except that petitions requiring fees as set forth at part 1, subpart G
   of this chapter must be filed in accordance with § 0.401(b) of this

   (c) Frivolous pleadings. It shall be unlawful for any party to file a
   frivolous pleading with the Commission. Any violation of this paragraph
   shall constitute an abuse of process subject to appropriate sanctions.

   [ 64 FR 6569 , Feb. 10, 1999]

   return arrow Back to Top

Goto Section: 76.5 | 76.7

Goto Year: 2013 | 2015
CiteFind - See documents on FCC website that cite this rule

Want to support this service?

Report errors in this rule. Since these rules are converted to HTML by machine, it's possible errors have been made. Please help us improve these rules by clicking the Report FCC Rule Errors link to report an error.
Helping make public information public