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Stevens v. Orland Park Motor Cars

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS EASTERN DIVISION


July 30, 2007

DANA STEVENS, PLAINTIFF,
v.
ORLAND PARK MOTOR CARS, INC., ETC., DEFENDANT.

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

MEMORANDUM ORDER

Although the misspelling of this Court's name by counsel for defendant Orland Park Motor Cars, Inc. d/b/a Mercedes-Benz of Orland Park ("Orland Mercedes") in its Answer is understandable,*fn1 other errors in the Answer filed by counsel are not.*fn2 This sua sponte memorandum order identifies the deficiencies in the Answer and its constituent affirmative defenses ("ADs").

To begin with, Answer ¶¶2 and 4 fail to conform to the form of disclaimer required under the second sentence of Fed. R. Civ. P. ("Rule") 8(b)--see App. ¶1 to State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Riley, 199 F.R.D. 276, 278 (N.D. Ill. 2001). Those paragraphs are therefore stricken, with leave granted to file properly amended paragraphs on or before August 10, 2007.

As for the ADs, AD 2 is insufficiently informative (it begins with the telltale words "[i]nsofar as," so that any asserted variance between Stevens' EEOC charge and her Complaint is unidentified). AD 2 is therefore stricken, although Orland Mercedes may refile such an AD if the claimed disparities are specifically identified there so as to conform to the notice pleading principles of federal practice.

Finally as to AD 3, on June 28, 2007 counsel for Stevens filed a Motion To Correct Record that placed the blame for any delayed filing of the Complaint on someone in this District Court's Clerk's Office. If that response is accurate, the Complaint was tendered on Stevens' behalf within the 90-day period specified by law (a subject that this Court had addressed sua sponte in a June 15, 2007 memorandum order).


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