On Monday the Seventh Circuit dropped this bomb here, titled Jurisdictional Screening Orders, in which Chief Judge Wood essentially says, "please follow the damn rules to the letter, or we'll strike your brief!" Key quotes:
"a distressing number of briefs filed in this court do not comply with the requirements of FRAP 28"
|You've been warned!|
The appellee cannot simply assume that the appellant has provided a jurisdictional statement that complies with the rules. Common problems in appellants’ jurisdictional statements include, in federal question cases where jurisdiction depends on 28 U.S.C. § 1331, the failure to specify the particular statute or constitutional provision at issue, and in diversity cases, failure to distinguish between citizenship (required by 28 U.S.C. § 1332) and residency (irrelevant) and, for organizations such as partnerships, LLPs, and LLCs, the failure to work back through the ownership structure until one reaches either individual human beings or a formal corporation with a state of incorporation and a state of principal place of business."The job of the appellee is to review the appellant’s jurisdictional statement to see if it is both complete and correct. These terms are not synonyms." (Italics and bold in original.)
There is no reason why, month after month, year after year, the court should encounter jurisdictional statements with such obvious flaws. This imposes needless costs on everyone involved. ... I hope that this opinion will prevent the same problems from continuing to arise.