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T & B TUBE COMPANY v. PEGASUS TRANSPORTATION GROUP

United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division


April 4, 2003

T & B TUBE COMPANY, INC., AN ILLINOIS CORPORATION, PLAINTIFF,
v.
PEGASUS TRANSPORTATION GROUP, INC., A TEXAS CORPORATION, DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Milton I. Shadur, Senior United States District Judge.

MEMORANDUM ORDER

Pegasus Transportation Group, Inc. ("Pegasus") has filed its Answer to the Complaint brought against it by T & B Tube Company, Inc. ("T & B") under the purported auspices of the Carmack Amendment).*fn1 This memorandum order is issued sua sponte to address some problems posed by both Pegasus' Answer and T & B's Complaint.

As for Pegasus, its Answer ¶¶ 2, 3, 5 and 6 border on the absurd. Its counsel are in the habit of concluding each of those paragraphs with a statement that "All other allegations in Paragraph — of Plaintiff's Complaint are denied," even though what has gone before has dealt fully with the corresponding allegations in the Complaint. Accordingly that quoted sentence is stricken from each of the just-identified paragraphs.

As to T & B, it has mysteriously cited statutory provisions that have nothing to do with its claim. Thus Complaint ¶ 13 cites to Section 11707, when it appears instead that the statute that T & B really seeks to invoke is Section 14706(a)(1). Even more critically, Complaint ¶ 14 cites Section 10924(b) and (e) as the basis for extending Carmack Amendment liability to transportation brokers such as Pegasus, but this Court's U.S.C.A. volume (including the 2002 pocket part) contains no such section at all.

Because the viability of T & B's claim depends on such purported transportation broker liability, it is essential that T & B's counsel promptly provide an accurate identification of (and predicate for) the source of such claimed liability. T & B is ordered to file in this Court's chambers (with a copy of course being transmitted to Pegasus' counsel) an appropriate amendment to the Complaint on or before April 18, 2003, together with a brief memorandum citing (but not arguing) cases supporting its position,*fn2 failing which this Court will be constrained to dismiss this action for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.


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