Tann v. Chase Home Finance, LLC et al
ORDER denying 39 Motion for More Definite Statement. Signed by District Judge David M. Lawson. (DTof)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
ANNE E. TANN,
Case Number 10-14696
Honorable David M. Lawson
CHASE HOME FINANCE, L.L.C. and
IBM LENDER BUSINESS PROCESS
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR A MORE DEFINITE
STATEMENT OF THE PLEADINGS
This matter is before the Court on the plaintiff’s motion for a more definite statement of the
pleadings. The plaintiff’s motion seeks a more definite statement of defendant Chase Home
Finance’s motion for judgment on the pleadings. As an initial matter, the Local Rules requires a
movant to seek concurrence in the relief sought, and if concurrence is not forthcoming, indicate in
her motion that “there was a conference between attorneys . . . in which the movant explained the
nature of the motion or request and its legal basis and requested but did not obtain concurrence in
the relief sought; or despite reasonable efforts specified . . . , the movant was unable to conduct a
conference.” E.D. Mich. LR 7.1(a). The plaintiff did not indicate whether she sought concurrence
in her motion, but instead stated that she was unable to obtain concurrence from the defendants in
the affidavit attached in support of her motion. The plaintiff is reminded that the concurrence
statement belongs in the motion and not the supporting documentation.
A motion for a more definite statement is governed by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(e),
which provides that “[a] party may move for a more definite statement of a pleading to which a
responsive pleading is allowed but which is so vague or ambiguous that the party cannot reasonably
prepare a response.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(e). In general, a motion of this type is filed by a defendant
and requests clarification of a pleading, such as a complaint, filed by the plaintiff. Cf. Goad v.
Mitchell, 297 F.3d 497, 504 (6th Cir. 2002); Does v. Shalushi, No. 10-11837, 2010 WL 3037789
(E.D. Mich. July 30, 2010). It is not the appropriate procedural form for a request by the plaintiff
seeking clarification of a defendant’s motion. In addition, the defendant’s motion for judgment on
the pleadings is not a “pleading to which a responsive pleading is allowed.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(e).
Such pleadings are limited to “a complaint; . . . an answer; . . . an answer to a counterclaim
designated as a counterclaim; . . . an answer to a crossclaim; . . . a third-party complaint; . . . an
answer to a third party complaint; and . . . if the court orders one, a reply to an answer.” Fed. R. Civ.
P. 7(a); see also Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(a). The defendant’s motion does not fall into any of these
categories. Because the plaintiff’s motion is inappropriate for obtaining the relief she requests, the
Court will deny the motion.
Accordingly, it is ORDERED that the plaintiff’s motion for a more definite statement [dkt.
#39] is DENIED.
s/David M. Lawson
DAVID M. LAWSON
United States District Judge
Dated: July 1, 2011
PROOF OF SERVICE
The undersigned certifies that a copy of the foregoing order was served
upon each attorney or party of record herein by electronic means or first
class U.S. mail on July 1, 2011.
s/Deborah R. Tofil
DEBORAH R. TOFIL
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