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Big Law on Notice after Judge Scolds Firms for Bad Writing

Mar.27.2015 — Law360

Edwin M. Baum, managing partner in Crowell & Moring’s New York office and member of the firm's Litigation Group, speaks with Law360 about a New York federal judge’s recent rebuke of two Big Law firms over pleadings the judge found overly long and redundant, which experts say can lead to risking an entire case by not keeping pleadings short and sweet. Baum points out that not only are gargantuan filings burdensome for all involved, but having more pages also means more opportunities for an attorney to make a mistake. "One risk in unduly lengthy pleadings that include extraneous matters is that there is a greater chance the lawyer will get something wrong, or include something they may have thought was an accurate statement but is not," said Baum.

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