Monday, September 25, 2006
In a very recent case, the Seventh Circuit (specifically, Judge Easterbrook) does not take kindly to a party's attempt to evade brief length limitations by presenting some of its points as an "absurd" motion to strike portions of the opposing party's brief rather than address them in the reply brief. The sanction? Take the number of words in the problematic motion, double it, and subtract that from the permitted length of the reply brief wherein the points should have been made in the first place.
hat tip: Molly Lien, The John Marshall Law School - Chicago