Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Yet another attorney chastised by judge for "garbled" court filings

This time it was an attorney representing himself in front of the D.C. federal district court. The fact that the litigant was a Harvard Law grad appears to have contributed to the judge's ire as  noted in her decision:

Despite the fact that plaintiff is a 1989 graduate of Harvard Law School, his Amended Complaint is complex, garbled, and accompanied by hundreds of 'exhibits,' which appear to have been assembled in no particular order.

Here's more from the Blog of the Legal Times:

[On Friday, March 25, 2011], U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle dismissed a suit filed by New York attorney Brud Rossmann. Rossmann, who lives in Washington as well as New York, sued Chase Home Finance LLC in October in Washington federal court, claiming the lender misapplied payments he made toward a property he had bought in Virginia.

Noting that Rossmann graduated from Harvard Law School in 1989, Huvelle chastised him for filing a complaint that was “complex, garbled, and accompanied by hundreds of 'exhibits,' which appear to have been assembled in no particular order.” One of these filings included a bill for veterinary services for the Labrador, Huvelle wrote in a footnote.

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As a practicing attorney, Huvelle wrote, he is held to a higher standard in how he pursues a claim than other pro se applicants who are not attorneys.

You can read Judge Huvelle's decision here and more commentary from the Blog of the Legal Times here.

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