Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
James A. Lewis, Asst. U.S. Atty., Office of the U.S. Atty., Springfield, IL (argued), for plaintiff-appellant.
Jerold W. Barringer, Nokomis, IL (argued), for defendants-appellees.
Before BAUER, WOOD, Jr., and EASTERBROOK, Circuit Judges.
United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.
EASTERBROOK, Circuit Judge.
Ignoring deadlines is the surest way to lose a case. Time limits coordinate and expedite a complex process; they pervade the legal system, starting with the statute of limitations. Extended disregard of time limits (even the non-jurisdictional kind) is ruinous. "Lawyers and litigants who decide that they will play by rules of their own invention will find that the game cannot be won." Northwestern National Insurance Co. v. Baltes,
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