Long-time readers know we're process and procedure (and Local Rule) wonks, so this order from Chief Judge Moreno is like legal catnip:
ADJUDGED that Plaintiffs Response in Opposition to Defendant's Motion to Compel Arbitration is STRICKEN. Local Rule 7.1(c)(2) requires that responses to motions be no more than twenty (20) pages in length without prior Court approval. Plaintiff's Response brief exceeds this length without Court approval. Plaintiff, in a footnote, argues that ''although this memorandum reaches the 21st page, the initial caption and signature are not to be counted against the page limit." Simply stating that Plaintiff s brief complies with the local rules does not make it so; Local Rule 7.1(c)(2) provides Plaintiff with no cover for his error. The Court notes that, had Plaintiff exercised greater discretion over his liberal use of footnotes, the brief would likely have satisfied the local rules.Ok, so what have we learned?
1. Ask for more pages in advance of your filing.
2. Initial caption and signature blocks count against the page limit, whether you are in Monte Carlo, Beverly Hills, London, Paris, Rome, or Gstaad.
3. Footnotes are annoying.