Don't knock procedural posture. Often it makes a big difference in how the judge or the court is looking at the case. Since a lot of the cases we are reading consist of appeals from summary judgments or demurrers, the way the court looks at the case is inherently one-sided (they have to view the evidence in the light most favorable to the plaintiff), so it's important to remember that and read the court's description of the facts critically. Remember, the facts are important because each case stands on its own set of facts ("good facts make for good law, bad facts make for bad law," or so the saying goes). Procedural posture is important because it usually plays a big role in determining how the facts are viewed.