For those who have struggled with the distinction between the statement of the case and the statement of facts, and what should go where, the federal appellate rules committee has made your life much easier. Effective December 1, the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure have been amended to get rid of that distinction, and instead require a single “statement of the case” that contains both the factual and procedural background. How Appealing has a post on the topic, including a primer from the Fifth Circuit explaining the new Rule 28. The Sixth Circuit has not issued any formal guidance on the new FRAP, nor have its rules been amended yet.