Monday, January 23, 2012

Curtail wordiness, judge says

        Recently, a federal judge in Indiana rebuked a lawyer for submitting verbose and irrelevant documents. On a summary judgment motion, instead of being helpful, the lawyer’s “Statement of Material Facts in Dispute” only complicated the court's job:

Rather than identifying potential factual disputes in a concise fashion, Plaintiff’s counsel unfurled an 18-page narrative that is replete with argument and a 154-page surreply that is no better as it contains a great deal of immaterial information.  

       The lawyer’s rambling documents largely failed to persuade the court. Most of his client’s claims were dismissed. Williams v. Lovchik.

 (jdf)

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