Fun With Pleadings

by Fat Daddy, Esq. on September 7, 2012

An attorney from Oklahoma alerted me to a recent paper scuffle that took place in the District Court in and for Tulsa County. Apparently a civil defense attorney took issue with the plaintiff’s attorney’s alleged habit of delay in mailing pleadings and filed with the court a “Notice of Failure to Timely Deliver Filed Pleadings” in which he decried the constant and persistent problem of late mailing.

Not to be outdone, the plaintiff’s attorney filed “Plaintiff’s Response to Mark Lyons’ Filing Titled ‘Notice of Failure to Timely Deliver Filed Pleadings’” which he thereinafter shortened to “Failure” for purposes of identification. Failure included four pictures, one of which depicts a crying baby. The Response, of course, contained a certificate of service setting forth the date the pleading was mailed complete with a footnote assuring all who read it “Really, I did.”

The judge in the case apparently did not find the pleadings nearly as amusing as I did, as she filed an Order Striking Pleadings,” cautioned the attorneys to conduct their legal affairs before the court “with great caution,” and proceeded to hold a Civility Conference with counsel for all parties in attendance.

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