Dispatch from the Battlefield
This is one of those rare occasions where I will blog about work. For obvious reasons (as well as not-so-obvious ones), the details will be scarce. However, it is not the content of what I encountered today that matters as much as how that information struck me.
In the course of starting an incredibly daunting document review today, I pulled up a copy of the complaint we filed in this products liability case.
(For those who are curious, a complaint is the document that essentially starts a lawsuit and is the first one you file in court. All it really does is name the plaintiff and defendant(s) and put everyone on notice about what kind of suit you are filing. That's it. No evidence. No offer of proof. All you have to do is tell who you are suing that you are suing them and what the claim is. If you want to wait until a little later to tell them "why" you are suing them (and flesh out the facts of your case more), go for it. At least that's how it works in most states and in the federal system.)
Usually, the second paragraph of your complaint describes your defendant. Today, I encountered the following (ID information removed for privacy purposes):
[X Corporation] is a Delaware corporation with its principal place of business at [Address], Detroit, Michigan.
I stopped short because, well, let's just say I had heard of this company. And that I had seen their headquarters, what with growing up near there.
Wouldn't it be nice if I could combine business with a trip home to see the folks?