One of the best examples of the Dunning-Kruger effect is Team Kimberlin’s incompetence in legal matters. The TKPOTD for eight years ago today was about how Bill Schmalfeldt’s lack of understanding of and experience with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure caused problems for him in one of his LOLsuits.
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In an amazing flash of Acme Legal expertise, the Dreadful Pro-Se Schmalfeldt is threatening to amend his complaint in Schmalfeldt v. Grady. However, under Fed. R. Civ. P. 15, his last day to amend his complaint as a matter of course was 29 June, i.e., 21 days after Patrick Grady filed his motion to dismiss under Rule 12(b)(2).
It’s still possible for him to amend his complaint, but that now requires either Grady’s concurrence (fat chance) or the court’s permission.
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During a hearings in state court, Brett Kimberlin (aka The
Dread Deadbeat Pro-Se Kimberlin) complained to the judge that he was ruling in the defendants’ favor on too many motions. The judge replied that the defendants’ lawyers were following the Rules of Civil Procedure and that Kimberlin shouldn’t be surprised that their training and experience gave them an advantage.
One of the running gags used to mock Team Kimberlin’s pro se legal performance has been that they were getting legal advice from the legal department of the same Acme that sold all those fine products to a certain coyote. Here’s the cartoon that Vigilans Vindex posted in the comment section of the original post.