IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION
October 12, 2006
INTERNATIONAL STAR REGISTRY OF ILLINOIS, LTD., PLAINTIFF,
ABC RADIO NETWORK, INC., DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Milton I. Shadur Senior United States District Judge
ABC Radio Network, Inc. ("ABC") has filed its Answer and Counterclaim in this action brought against it by International Star Registry of Illinois, Ltd. This memorandum order is issued sua sponte to address one problematic aspect of that responsive pleading.
Although ABC is properly faithful to the form of disclaimer prescribed by the second sentence of Fed. R. Civ. P. ("Rule") 8(b) to allow a defendant to get the benefit of a deemed denial, in each instance ABC then goes on to say "and therefore denies the same" (Answer ¶¶9, 11, 13-15, 17 and 26). That of course is an oxymoron: If a party really lacks enough information even to form a belief as to the truth of an allegation, by definition the party is not in a position to deny that allegation in the objective good faith required by Rule 11. Accordingly the above-quoted phrase is stricken from each paragraph where it appears.
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