Amerson et al v. American Mortgage Network, Inc. et al
MINUTE ORDER Denying Without Prejudice 26 Plaintiffs Motion for Rule 11 Sanctions by Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty on 7/27/2011.(erv, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 11-cv-01041-WJM-MEH
GALEN AMERSON and
FRANCES M. SCOTT,
AMERICAN MORTGAGE NETWORK, INC.,
CHASE HOME FINANCE LLC,
MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. (MERS), and
JOHN DOES (INVESTORS) 1 - 15,000,
Entered by Michael E. Hegarty, United States Magistrate Judge, on July 27, 2011.
Plaintiffs’ Motion for Rule 11 Sanctions [filed July 25, 2011; docket #26] is denied without
prejudice for failure to comply with D.C. Colo. LCivR 7.1A. Although Plaintiffs proceed in this
case without an attorney, they bear the responsibility of complying with the same rules of procedure
that govern other litigants. See Green v. Dorrell, 969 F.2d 915, 917 (10th Cir. 1992); see also
Nielsen v. Price, 17 F.3d 1276, 1277 (10th Cir. 1994).
The plain language of D.C. Colo. LCivR 7.1A states in pertinent part,
The court will not consider any motion, other than a motion under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12
or 56, unless counsel for the moving party or a pro se party, before filing the motion,
has conferred or made reasonable, good-faith efforts to confer with opposing counsel
or a pro se party to resolve the disputed matter. The moving party shall state in the
motion, or in a certificate attached to the motion, the specific efforts to comply with
(emphasis added). Rule 7.1A requires meaningful negotiations by the parties, thus the rule is not
satisfied by one party sending the other party a single email, letter or voicemail. See Hoelzel v. First
Select Corp., 214 F.R.D. 634, 636 (D. Colo. 2003).
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