Monday, October 30, 2006

Writing poorly: help from the court

In a federal district court, a lawyer filed a wordy, repetitive complaint containing multiple allegations per paragraph, improperly pleaded evidence, and argumentative language. The court ordered the lawyer to re-plead the complaint, and offered this help:
    To assist plaintiff’s attorney, the court is enclosing a copy of a sample pleading in a negligence case taken from 2 James Wm. Moore, Moore's Manual--Federal Practice Forms, Form No. 10:86G (1998). The court also recommends that plaintiff's attorney study William Strunk, Jr. & E.B. White, The Elements of Style (3d ed. 1979).
Politico v. Promus Hotels, Inc., 184 F.R.D. 232, 234 (E.D.N.Y. 1999).

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