Sullivan v. LZ Entertainment LLC
MEMORANDUM Order: For the reasons stated in this memorandum order, counsel for the plaintiff is ordered to deliver a paper copy of the complaint, together with a $100 check to the "Clerk of the District Court" in payment of a fine for violation of LR 5.2(f), to this Court's chambers forthwith. Signed by the Honorable Milton I. Shadur on 1/9/2017:Mailed notice(clw, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
MICHAEL J. SULLIVAN,
LZ ENTERTAINMENT LLC, an Illinois
limited liability company,
Case No. 16 C 11700
This Court's invaluable judicial assistant has been away from chambers for a few weeks
because of the government's use-or-lose-it policy, so that her regular effort to police violations of
this District Court's LR 5.2(f) requirement as to newly-filed complaints in cases assigned to this
Court's calendar has been left unattended. That said, there is simply no legitimate reason for that
policing task to be borne by this Court's staff (let alone by this Court itself). After all, it is the
direct responsibility of plaintiff's counsel to comply with that LR as to judges (such as this Court)
who have chosen the option of maintaining paper files under the "dealer's choice" principle
adopted by the judges of this District Court. 1
Yet this Court's over-the-weekend review of newly-filed cases added to its calendar during
the month of December revealed fully six cases, ranging from 10 to 20 days old, in which no
counterparts of the complaints, or of related applications for in forma pauperis treatment or of
LR 5.2(f) has been in its present form for at least 3 full years (it was last amended in
November 2013), and this Court's directive for delivery of a paper copy of every filing to its
chambers is the first paragraph in its website.
related motions for designation of counsel, have come to its chambers. 2 This case is one of them.
Accordingly counsel for the plaintiff is ordered to deliver a paper copy of all such documents,
together with a $100 check to the "Clerk of the District Court" in payment of a fine for violation of
the LR, to this Court's chambers forthwith.
Milton I. Shadur
Senior United States District Judge
Date: January 9, 2017
This Court has found such large-scale noncompliance particularly troubling, for judges
and their staffs are more than sufficiently burdened by the proliferation of federal litigation
without having a policing chore added to their responsibilities.
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