A motion to strike means that we are asking the court to throw out the answer that was submitted by the defense lawyer.
When a lawsuit is started, we are obligated to file papers known as a 'summons and complaint'. The complaint makes general allegations of wrongdoing against the person you have sued. Those papers must be delivered to the person you are suing.
That person, through their lawyer, has an opportunity to respond to the allegations. That is known as an 'answer'.
These documents, known as a summons and complaint, as well as an answer, are technically known in the legal world as “pleadings.”
If the defense lawyer does something inappropriate or has not provided us with information that the court has directed, we have a legal opportunity to ask the court to do something drastic.
Let me give you a good analogy.
Let's say the Yankees are playing the Mets at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx.
The Mets, for whatever reason, don't show up.
The Yankees would automatically get a default win since the Mets failed to show up.
You get an automatic win simply for showing up.
It means the defense no longer has the ability to defend the case.
Instead, the case will then proceed to the damages portion to determine how much compensation to award the injured victim.
The judge knows that this is a drastic remedy to fix whatever problem has arisen.
Although this is rare, it does happen from time to time.