Ceglia v. Zuckerberg et al
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT re 441 MOTION to Strike NOTICE of MOTION to Strike pleading filed by letter to court on June 19, 2012 byPaul D. Ceglia. (Attachments: # 1 Certificate of Service)(Boland, Dean)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
PAUL D. CEGLIA,
Civil Action No. : 1:10-cv-00569-RJA
MEMORANDUM OF LAW
REGARDING MOTION TO
RESPONSES TO DOC. NO. 438.
MARK ELLIOT ZUCKERBERG, Individually, and
Plaintiff respectfully requests this court strike Defendants’ response to
Plaintiff’s motions Doc. No. 438 filed via letter to the court. See Exhibit A.
Defendants’ filed their responses to Plaintiff’s Motion, Doc. No. 438 via
transmission of a letter to the court and to counsel via email on June 19, 2012. Id.
This use of a letter to respond to a filed motion is a violation of the Federal Rules of
Civil Procedure and this Court’s Local Rules.
Defendants’ response to Plaintiff’s Doc. No. 438 is excerpted below:
“[A] bankrupt, abusive motion made solely to harass and delay.” Exhibit A at 1.
“Ceglia’s Motion to Disqualify is a thinly-veiled effort to disrupt and hijack the
Court’s calibrated discovery schedule, to thwart Defendants’ noticed depositions and
to create disorder in these proceedings.” Id.
“[Plaintiff] has stooped even lower by filing a frivolous disqualification motion.” Id.
Defendants then went on to essentially make another motion urging the
court to issue an order that some vague “self help” cannot be exercised by Plaintiff.
The rush is obviously on for Defendants to attempt to conduct depositions before
this court has the opportunity to rule on the pending motions, Doc. No. 430 and Doc.
No. 438 either one of which would necessarily cause the delay of those depositions.
Defendants again attempt to exercise their financial advantage over Plaintiff to
needlessly increase the costs to the Plaintiff and the cost in court time with
senseless motion practice. Before Defendants letter was received, Plaintiff’s counsel
had already responded to Defendants’ requests to coordinate schedules with
suggestions to no duplicate efforts and insure the depositions are convenient for
both counsel and the witnesses. Those plans should be worked out in the next few
days assuming Defendants’ cooperation.
Local Rule 5.1(a) reads as follows:
“Filing Procedures. All civil cases filed in this Court are assigned to the
Electronic Case Filing System (“ECF”). The procedures for electronic filing and any
exceptions to the electronic filing requirements are set forth in the CM/ECF
Administrative Procedures Guide.
All pleadings and other papers shall be
filed and served in accordance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
and the CM/ECF Administrative Procedures Guide.”
Local Rule 5.1(a).
The form of Defendants’ filing was a letter to the court on Gibson Dunn
However, the substance of that filing was a response to Plaintiff’s
pending motions, Doc. Nos. 430 and 438 and a separate motion for a denial of “self
help” is the best way to describe the swamp gravy language used. Each of Plaintiff’s
motions to which the letter responded were mentioned by ECF document number
designation one or more times in Defendants’ response. Further, their filing also
included a separate motion. See Exhibit A at 2.
This is the second filing by Defendants intentionally made outside the record
of this case. It is filed with the court wholly outside the Federal Rules and this
Court’s Local Rules.
The responsive portion of the filing in Exhibit A was made outside the ECF
system. It did not include the filing of a Certificate of Service as required by the
Court’s Rules. The Motion portion of the filing was made outside the ECF system.
It did not include a Notice of Motion. It did not include the filing of a Certificate of
This filing and the accompanying requests are not merely administrative.
Defendants’ motion for some order regarding Plaintiff’s “self help” is substantive.
Defendants‘ responses to Plaintiff’s pending motions are substantive.
represents Defendants desire to engage in shadow litigation, off the record of the
case, seeking to harness this court’s authority to manipulate the proceedings
outside the view of any reviewing court.
The responses and separate motion in Exhibit A also fail to satisfy Local Rule
As an alternative to striking Defendants’ responses and motion within
Exhibit A, Plaintiff requests this court cause Exhibit A to be filed as Defendants’
complete response to Plaintiff’s motions, Doc. Nos. 430 and 438 and direct Plaintiff
to submit his reply within the deadlines of the Federal and Local Rules or other
timing as chosen by this court.
For the foregoing reasons, Mr. Ceglia respectfully requests the court strike
Defendants’ filed responses to Plaintiff’s Motions, Doc. Nos. 430, 438 in Exhibit A
along with Defendants’ Motion included within the improperly composed and filed
Exhibit A, a pleading posing as a letter. Plaintiff also offers the above alternative
for the court’s consideration.
Paul A. Argentieri
188 Main Street
Hornell, NY 14843
1475 Warren Road
Lakewood, Ohio 44107