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Chaney v. Royal Management Corp.

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


April 15, 2009

LAWRENCE CHANEY, PLAINTIFF,
v.
ROYAL MANAGEMENT CORPORATION, DEFENDANT.

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

MEMORANDUM ORDER

Royal Management Corporation ("Royal Management") has filed its Answer and Affirmative Defenses ("ADs") to the Fair Labor Standards Act action brought against it by its ex-employee Lawrence Chaney ("Chaney"). This memorandum order is issued sua sponte to address one problematic aspect of that responsive pleading.

In each of Answer ¶¶5, 8-10 and 14, Royal Management follows an express admission of all of the allegations in the corresponding paragraph of Chaney's Complaint with this statement:

All allegations not admitted herein are denied.

Current dress codes may perhaps have deprived a once well-known simile, which likened superfluous conduct to wearing both a belt and suspenders, of its original thrust. But in this instance that simile operates with full force. Moreover, any retention of the quoted sentences creates a potential source of confusion--to what allegations do the "denials" pertain?

Accordingly the quoted language is stricken from each of the cited paragraphs of the Answer as devoid of meaning. In all other respects the responsive pleading will remain intact (though no view is expressed here as to the viability of any or all of Royal Management's ADs).

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