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May 08, 2012


A Facebook User

This is a win-win for Wilmer Cutler. The firm gets to charge Apple for all the hours spent putting together the obviously excessive 3000 page submission, and then it gets to charge Apple for all the hours spent putting together the chart when the 3000 page submission is rejected. Ka-ching!

Kay Sieverding

As a pro se litigant, I have had huge problems with being accused of writing documents that are too long. This is partially because I had a fact intensive case to begin with which became more fact intensive because there were all sorts of due process violations so then I had to try to explain what should have happened and what did happen. Since so far I never got as far as discovery, and I am always alleging fraud, I tended to add detail in the pleadings. In Apple's case they probably assume that the judge won't read it; I've never heard of even a pro se litigant filing something that long.

My magistrate's report and recommendation was 59 pages and I found that very difficult to follow and use.

So my suggestion is that ECF should be set up so that litigants file summary documents and that then these could link to supplemental documents. ECF could create an outline format with section headings that would be easy for everyone to follow.

Also, I think that all documents should have page lengths so everyone knows. For complaints it could be based on the number of defendants or the number of claims. I think these should all be separately entered and that the defendants and judge should separately respond to each one.

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