I refer to the sentence just prior to that one:
"(d) Effect of Failure To Deny. Averments in a pleading to which a
responsive pleading is required, other than those as to the amount of
damage, are admitted when not denied in the responsive pleading."
We have a case here in Washington, Jansen v. Nu-West, Inc., where the court applied CR 8(d) rigorously on summary judgment
"Failure to deny an averment in a counterclaim constitutes an admission. CR 8(d). ... [The] averment [contained in the counterclaim]...was therefore admitted at the time of the summary judgment."
The Court then affirmed the summary judgment, i.e., the counterclaims were granted without further evidence as a matter of law.
At some point, the Court has apparently drawn a line to say that the
pleadings are closed. I seek a definition of that line. Would it be correct to say that pleadings are closed at the deadline for filing the answer (20 days after the counterclaim is filed)?