Long Complaint by Gaming Machine Artist Doesn’t Break Federal Rules

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A creator of videos and artwork for slot machines and other gaming devices sued its former customers, alleging that they violated licensing terms. The defendants’ answer? “Your complaint is too long.”

They said that the length and the complexity of GC2 Inc.’s September 2016 filing violated Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 8(a), which requires that a complaint be “short and plain.”

Yes, the pleading was 79 pages long and there were 75 exhibits attached. However, Judge Matthew F. Kennelly of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois said that was because there are a lot of defendants, and GC2 included many examples of its artwork (GC2 inc. v. Int’l Game Tech. PLC, No. 16-8794 (N.D. Ill. June 5, 2017)).

The court also said that the complaint was appropriately organized. It is not “unduly long and difficult to sort through,” the court said, rejecting the defendants’ motion to dismiss. The case will now proceed to the discovery phase, during which the parties will seek evidence from one another.