Judge Slams 'Mind-Numbingly Verbose' Fraud Complaint

Law360, New York (May 28, 2015, 11:30 AM EDT) -- A Massachusetts federal judge on Wednesday came down hard on plaintiffs in a suit accusing an asset manager, law firm, hospital and the commonwealth of a far-reaching scheme embezzling from elders and the recently deceased, calling the 293-page amended complaint nearly unreadable.

U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs said plaintiff Lisa S. Belanger, an attorney representing herself pro se, had failed to adequately simplify and shorten the original 462-page complaint, which had also contained 2,767 numbered paragraphs and was accompanied by 393 separate exhibits.

In its motion to dismiss, law firm Burns & Levinson LLP — counsel to co-defendant BNY Mellon...

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