Monday, May 7, 2012
In a move truly reminiscent of first-year legal writing classes, it looks like a grown-up lawyer decided to manipulate line spacing to fall under a court-ordered page limit. After being called out, it looks like he is relying on a literal interpretation of the term "double spaced." Check out the Wall Street Journal Law Blog's coverage here:
Lawyers, as good advocates, try to cram as many arguments as possible in their legal briefs, particularly when judges impose limits on how much they can say.
However, one side in a trademark dispute in Manhattan federal court involving The Gap Inc. says their adversary went a little too far.
Patterson Belknap lawyers said [the other side] used a computer program to determine that the line spacing on Fross Zelnick’s reply brief was “1.75″ instead of double spaced.
Fross Zelnick replied, “As is our usual practice, the brief employs 12 point Times New Roman font formatted in Microsoft Word with the line spacing set at exactly 24 points, i.e., double the line height.”
The judge granted Patterson Belknap’s request to file a 30-page, instead of 25-page, brief on Thursday.