Brief Fact Summary. Plaintiff, Controlled Environment Systems, answered the counterclaim of Defendant, Sun Process CO., Inc., in a manner that was contrary to Rule 8(b).
Synopsis of Rule of Law. In order for an answer to be considered a denial under Rule 8(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, a party has to affirmatively deny the allegations or represent a lack of information sufficient to form a belief regarding the allegations.
Issue. The issue is whether Plaintiff satisfied Rule 8(b) to have their answer deemed a denial.
Held. The court held that Plaintiff’s answer should be stricken and should file a corrected amendment or a self-contained Amended Answer. Rule 8(b) requires a more demanding representation in order for the answer to be considered a denial.
Discussion. Plaintiff had to either admit or deny, but they could not put forward an answer that is equivocating. This puts Defendant in a position where they are uncertain how they are to respond to the answer.