Like some editors we know, many judges have a sore spot for disorganized, confusing or wordy complaints. As we reported earlier this year, Seattle federal district court Judge Marsha Pechman didn’t much care for how Bernstein Litowitz Berger and Grossmann presented their allegations in a 388-page complaint against various former Washington Mutual officers and directors, underwriters and the auditing firm Deloitte & Touche. But she apparently liked the revision. In a decision issued on Tuesday, Pechman allowed most of the claims to move forward and declined to dismiss any of the defendants from the case.
The allegations in the case center on Washington Mutual’s residential lending practices. The plaintiffs contend that the bank’s standards were relaxed to meet consumer demand and bolster the company’s stock price. While Pechman found the first complaint “verbose” and “disorganized,” she described the allegations in the 267-page amended complaint as “cogent and concise.”
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