Explain this decision to your client

In a recent 7th Circuit case, the court affirmed a lower court decision holding that the appellant had submitted a rambling brief that far exceed the Court’s 14,000 word limit.  An ABA Journal posting quotes the opinion written by Judge Posner “The flagrancy of the violation in this case might well justify the dismissal of the appeal: let this be a warning. But in addition it is plain from the briefs that the appeal has no merit. To allow time for the appellants to file a compliant brief and the appellees to file a revised brief in response, and to reschedule oral argument, would merely delay the inevitable.”

File this under everything I needed to know I learned in 1L.

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