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Stallings v. Black and Decker Manufacturing Co.

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS


July 25, 2006

RICHARD M. STALLINGS, ADMINISTRATOR FO THE ESTATE OF RICHARD R. STALLINGS, DECEASED, PLAINTIFF,
v.
THE BLACK AND DECKER MANUFACTURING COMPANY, AND BLACK AND DECKER (U.S.) INC., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: J. Phil Gilbert District Judge

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

This matter comes before the Court on review of plaintiff Richard M. Stallings's Second Amended Complaint (Doc. 15). The Court notes that the filing does not comply with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and/or Local Rules in the following way:

* new material in the amended pleading is not underlined as required by Local Rule 15.1.

The Court firmly believes that "procedural rules are important and that infractions of those rules should not be tolerated by the courts. Otherwise, the rules themselves will not be taken seriously, and eventually they may exist in name only, honored in the breach." Kovilic Constr. Co., Inc., v. Missbrenner, 106 F.3d 768, 770 (7th Cir. 1997). Accordingly, the Court hereby ORDERS that the Second Amended Complaint (Doc. 15) be STRICKEN for failure to comply with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and/or the Local Rules, as noted above. The Court further ORDERS that the plaintiff shall have up to and including August 4, 2006, to file an amended pleading that complies with all applicable rules.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

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