Thursday, April 9, 2009
Martin Phillips could have sworn he clicked on the right PDF last night when he was uploading his firm’s latest filing in the Carter v. Upshaw Industrials case pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Unfortunately, the next morning when he logged into LexisNexis to print out a copy of the filing so that he could tell partner Milton Simpson what it said, Martin realized he had screwed the pooch. Weary from an all-nighter of last minute research, Martin had not uploaded the motion to dismiss, but instead had electronically filed his 2009 Form 1040 tax return which was saved on his desktop for tweaking during downtime at the office.
“I was pretty surprised when I downloaded Upshaw Industrials’ filing and found a tax return instead of their motion,” said Melinda Delk, paralegal for the Plaintiff’s firm Endy & Yowl LLP. “I’ve seen Martin Phillips’ name on some of the pleadings, but I never thought I’d get to see his itemized deductions. To be honest, I was pretty embarrassed for him, but that guy should be proud of all of the money he gave to charity last year.” ...
“[T]he only reason we have younger associates around here is so that they can keep on top of this techno-Blackberry stuff,” bellowed an obviously frustrated Simpson. “Matt or Mark or whatever his name is, really made us look like rank amateurs with this whole filing. If the Generation Z kids can’t e-file correctly how does the court think this whole thing’s going to work?"