As Lance Armstrong found out when his complaint against the US Anti-Doping Agency (which he asserted was a ‘kangaroo court’ with no jurisdiction over him) was tossed out by Sparks J of the district court in Austin, Texas.
The judge had harsh words for Armstrong’s 80-page pleadings, which were just an ‘unadorned, the-defendant-unlawfully-harmed-me accusation’, ‘a mechanical recitation of boilerplate allegations’ and a ‘bitter polemic’ intended to ‘indulge Armstrong’s desire for publicity, self-aggrandizement or vilification’ of the Agency. ‘Vast swaths of the complaint could be removed entirely ... without the loss of any legally relevant information’. Contrary to what Armstrong (and his lawyers) appeared to believe, ‘pleadings filed in the United States District Court are not press releases, internet blogs, or pieces of investigative journalism’. Ouch – but Armstrong was given leave to amend (which he did).