Judge Responds To 465-Page Lawsuit In Rhyme When a lawyer in Tacoma, Wash., filed a lawsuit 465 pages long — with an eight-page title — the judge had enough. Referring to a rule requiring "short and plain" allegations, Judge Ronald Leighton issued a short and plain limerick: "Plaintiff has a great deal to say, but it seems he skipped Rule 8-a. His complaint is too long, which renders it wrong. Please rewrite and refile today."
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Judge Responds To 465-Page Lawsuit In Rhyme

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Judge Responds To 465-Page Lawsuit In Rhyme

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When a lawyer in Tacoma, Wash., filed a lawsuit 465 pages long — with an eight-page title — the judge had enough. Referring to a rule requiring "short and plain" allegations, Judge Ronald Leighton issued a short and plain limerick: "Plaintiff has a great deal to say, but it seems he skipped Rule 8-a. His complaint is too long, which renders it wrong. Please rewrite and refile today."

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Good morning, I'm Renee Montagne. When a lawyer in Tacoma, Washington, filed a lawsuit 465 pages long with title running eight pages, the judge had enough. Referring to a rule requiring short and plain allegations, Judge Ronald Leighton issued a short and plain limerick: Plaintiff has a great deal to say, but it seems he skipped Rule 8-a. His complaint is too long, which renders it wrong. Please rewrite and refile today. It's MORNING EDITION.

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