Briefs written in response to an opponent’s brief, whether as a “responding brief” (e.g., opposing a motion) or a “reply brief” (in further support of a motion) often begin with a statement that the other side missed the boat, as in the following opening to a reply brief in support of a motion to dismiss:

“Plaintiff’s brief in opposition to defendant’s motion to dismiss the complaint distorts the arguments in defendant’s brief and misinterprets the case law relevant to plaintiff’s claims.”

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