IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION
July 13, 2007
JESSICA RIZZO, PLAINTIFF,
KENNETH MATTLOB, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Milton I. Shadur Senior United States District Judge
Chicago Police Officer Kenneth Mattlob ("Mattlob") has filed his Answer to the 42 U.S.C. §1983 action filed against him and the City of Chicago ("City") by Jessica Rizzo. This memorandum order is issued sua sponte to send Mattlob's counsel back to the drawing board to cure a flaw in that responsive pleading.
Instead of actually responding to Complaint ¶¶15 through 18, as is required by the first sentence of Fed. R. Civ. P. 8(b), Mattlob's counsel has stated as to each paragraph:
Defendant Mattlob makes no answer to the allegations contained in paragraph -- as the allegations only pertain to defendant, City of Chicago.
It may well be true that those Complaint paragraphs are advanced to provide a predicate for a Monell claim against City, but the allegations themselves speak in terms of City's police officers such as Mattlob.*fn1 Accordingly Answer ¶¶15 through 18 are stricken, but with leave granted to file proper responses to the corresponding allegations of the Complaint on or before July 23, 2007, failing which those Complaint allegations will be deemed to have been admitted.