How to Shrink an 80-Page Complaint into Only 25 Pages

The answer, if you are Judge Sparks: Dismiss the initial complaint without prejudice under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure for being a “lengthy and bitter polemic against the named defendants.” Here’s the initial complaint filed by Lance Armstrong (represented by local counsel in Austin as well as two major law firms in DC). The order dismissing the initial complaint is here. It’s a good read, and only three pages long. The amended complaint, filed just a day later, is here.

Thanks to Howard Wasserman for the links. Howard has more at Prawfs here and here.