Defendant shall serve an answer within 20 days after service of the summons upon that defendant unless the court directs otherwise pursuant to Rule. A party served with a pleading stating a cross-claim against that party shall serve an answer thereto within 20 days after the service upon that party. The plaintiff shall serve a reply to a counterclaim in the answer within 20 days after service of the answer or, if a reply is ordered by the court, within 20 days after service of the order, unless the order otherwise directs. The service of a motion permitted under this rule alters these periods of time as follows unless a different time is fixed by order of the court:
Minn. R. Civ. P. 12.01
Amended effective July 1, 2018.
Advisory Committee Comment-2018 Amendments Rule 12.01 establishes the time to respond to a complaint. In 2017 the Minnesota Legislature adopted a statute that extends the time to respond to certain actions relating to architectural barriers to public access to buildings. See Minn. Laws 2017, ch. 80, §§ 7 & 3, to be codified as Minn. Stat. § 363A.331, subds. 2 & 2a. The statute applies to actions brought on or after May 24, 2017.