Friday, June 27, 2008

If You Don't Have Anything Nice To Say . . .

. . . Say it in an Appeals Court opinion.

Today, in Booth v. Augis, Appeals Court No. 07-P-238, the Court opens up a small can on the attorneys involved. "As a threshold matter," the Court states, "we note that our review has been significantly hampered by the state of the record and the attorneys' disregard of our procedural rules." And if that wasn't clear enough, the Court drops a footnote: "Parties are well advised not to pursue an appeal if they do not know the rules of the road. Unsupported statements of fact in briefs and the omission of pleadings necessary for our review are not acceptable."

By the way, the case involved a dispute over an arbitration award. The amount of the award: $2,290.76.

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