Thursday, February 10, 2011

No Need to Reply to Affirmative Defenses

One of my pet peeves relate to demands for a reply to affirmative defenses. I've always considered this to be a  pointless and wasteful exercise. I'm annoyed when opposing counsel makes such a demand and causes my client to needlessly incur fees to do the obvious.

By a published opinion issued this week, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that there is no need to file any reply to such a demand.  In McCracken v City of Detroit, #294218,  the Court definitively held "that affirmative defenses are not pleadings requiring a response" and that they "are to be taken as denied even if a demand for a response has been made."

Thank you Court of Appeals for the small gesture to simplify litigation.

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