Friday, May 4, 2012

Another poorly-written complaint is dismissed

For another reminder of the importance of clear, succinct legal writing, check a recent opinion by Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of D.C.  In Chennareddy v. Dodaro, he dismissed the plaintiffs’ sixth amended complaint, which consisted of 39 pages accompanied by 238 pages of attachments. Judge Sullivan denounced the document’s “vague, narrative style, argumentative assertions about discovery violations, and voluminous evidentiary attachments,” some of which were incoherent, as failing to provide the “short and plain statement” required by Rule 8.


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