For the second in the last month, my brief writing was complimented by a judge:
"Counsel, this was excellently briefed, well done...I'm going to deny your motion."Thanks.
The lesson here is to beware the judicial compliment.
The reality is that even though we lost our motion, we did serious (perhaps fatal) damage to the opposing side. My boss was happy. Ergo, despite my failure at a judicial declaration of winning, we still won.
Only lawyers can spin a loss as a win.
Anyway, back to the drawing board.