Laura Larson v. Warner Bros Entertainment, Inc, et al

Filing 1

DOCKETED CAUSE AND ENTERED APPEARANCES OF COUNSEL. SEND MQ: Yes. The schedule is set as follows: Mediation Questionnaire due on 06/03/2011. Transcript ordered by 06/27/2011. Transcript due 09/26/2011. Appellant Laura Siegel Larson opening brief due 11/07/2011. Appellee DC Comics and Appellee Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. answering brief due 12/07/2011. Appellant's optional reply brief is due 14 days after service of the answering brief. [7767531] (JN)

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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS for the NINTH CIRCUIT Office of the Clerk After Opening a Case – Counseled Cases (December 2009) Court Address – San Francisco Headquarters Mailing Address for U.S. Postal Service Mailing Address for Overnight Delivery (FedEx, UPS, etc.) Street Address Office of the Clerk James R. Browning Courthouse U.S. Court of Appeals P.O. Box 193939 San Francisco, CA 94119-3939 Office of the Clerk James R. Browning Courthouse U.S. Court of Appeals 95 Seventh Street San Francisco, CA 94103-1526 95 Seventh Street San Francisco, CA 94103 Court Addresses – Divisional Courthouses Pasadena Portland Seattle Richard H. Chambers Courthouse 125 South Grand Avenue Pasadena, CA 91105 Pioneer Courthouse 700 SW 6th Ave, Ste 110 Portland, OR 97204 William K. Nakamura Courthouse 1010 Fifth Avenue Seattle, WA 98104 Court Website – www.ca9.uscourts.gov The Court’s website contains the Court’s Rules and General Orders, information about electronic filing of documents, answers to frequently asked questions, directions to the courthouses, forms necessary to gain admission to the bar of the Court, opinions and memoranda, recordings of oral arguments, links to practice manuals, and an invitation to join our Pro Bono Program. Court Phone List Main Phone Number. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (415) 355-8000 14-day Telephone Extension for Briefs Northern & Eastern California, Hawaii, Arizona, Nevada, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands (San Francisco) .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . (415) 355-7853 Central & Southern California (Pasadena). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (626) 229-7261 Eastern & Western Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Alaska (Seattle). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (206) 224-2210 Attorney Admissions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (415) 355-7800 Calendar Unit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (415) 355-8190 CJA Matters (Operations Unit) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (415) 355-7920 Docketing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (415) 355-7830 or (415) 355-7840 Death Penalty. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (415) 355-8197 Electronic Filing – Appellate ECF.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Send email to cmecf_ca9help@ca9.uscourts.gov Library. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (415) 355-8650 Mediation Unit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (415) 355-7900 Motions Attorney Unit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (415) 355-8020 Procedural Motions Unit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (415) 355-7860 Records Unit. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (415) 355-7820 Divisional Court Offices: Pasadena.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (626) 229-7250 Portland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (503) 833-5300 Seattle.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (206) 224-2200 After Opening a Case – Counseled Appeals Page 2 Electronic Case Filing The Ninth Circuit’s Appellate ECF (Electronic Case Files) system is mandatory for all attorneys filing in the Court, unless they are granted an exemption. All non-exempted attorneys who appear in an ongoing case are required to register for and to use the Appellate ECF system. Registration and information about ECF is available on the Court’s website at www.ca9.uscourts.gov under Electronic Filing–ECF. Read the Circuit Rules, especially Ninth Circuit Rule 25-5, for guidance on Appellate ECF, including which documents can and cannot be filed electronically. Rules of Practice The Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure (Fed. R. App. P.), the Ninth Circuit Rules (9th Cir. R.) and the General Orders govern practice before this Court. The rules are available on the Court’s website at www.ca9.uscourts.gov under Rules. Practice Resources The Court has prepared a practice guide video entitled Perfecting Your Appeal. The video may be viewed for free on the Court’s website at www.ca9.uscourts.gov under FAQs, Forms and Instructions -> Guides and Legal Outlines, and may be purchased through the Clerk’s office in San Francisco for $15.00. Continuing legal education credit for viewing this videotape is available in most jurisdictions. Admission to the Bar of the Ninth Circuit All attorneys practicing before the Court must be admitted to the Bar of the Ninth Circuit. Fed. R. App. P. 46(a); 9th Cir. R. 46-1.1 & 46-1.2. To apply for admission, obtain an application (on the Court’s website at www.ca9.uscourts.gov under Forms or by calling (415) 355-7800) and submit it to the Clerk’s Office in San Francisco with the admission fee of $190.00. Make checks payable to Clerk, U.S. Court of Appeals. It takes 4 to 6 weeks to receive a certificate of admission. After Opening a Case – Counseled Appeals Page 3 Notice of Change of Address Counsel who are registered for Appellate ECF must update their personal information, including street addresses and/or email addresses, online at: https://pacer.psc.uscourts.gov/psco/cgi-bin/cmecf/ea-login.pl 9th Cir. R. 46-3. Counsel who have been granted an exemption from using Appellate ECF must file a written change of address with the Court. 9th Cir. R. 46-3. Motions Practice Following are some of the basic points of motion practice, governed by Fed. R. App. P. 27 and 9th Cir. R. 27-1 through 27-13. • • • • • • Neither a notice of motion nor a proposed order is required. Fed. R. App. P. 27(a)(2)(C)(ii), (iii). Motions may be supported by an affidavit or declaration. 28 U.S.C. § 1746. Each motion should provide the position of the opposing party. Circuit Advisory Committee Note to Rule 27-1(5); 9th Cir. R. 31-2.2(b)(6). A response to a motion is due 10 days from the service of the motion. Fed. R. App. P. 27(a)(3)(A). The reply is due 7 days from service of the response. Fed. R. App. P. 27(a)(4); Fed. R. App. P. 26(c). A response requesting affirmative relief and/or relief by a date certain must include that request in the caption. Fed. R. App. P. 27(a)(3)(B). A motion filed after a case has been scheduled for oral argument, has been argued, is under submission or has been decided by a panel, must include on the initial page and/or cover the date of argument, submission or decision and, if known, the names of the judges on the panel. 9th Cir. R. 25-4. Emergency or Urgent Motions All emergency and urgent motions must conform with the provisions of 9th Cir. R. 27-3. Note that a motion requesting procedural relief (e.g., an extension of time to file a brief) is not the type of matter contemplated by 9th Cir. R. 27-3. Circuit Advisory Committee Note to 27-3(3). Prior to filing an emergency motion, the moving party must contact an attorney in the Motions Unit in San Francisco at (415) 355-8020. After Opening a Case – Counseled Appeals Page 4 When it is absolutely necessary to notify the Court of an emergency outside of standard office hours, the moving party shall call (415) 355-8000. Keep in mind that this line is for true emergencies that cannot wait until the next business day (e.g., an imminent execution or removal from the United States). Briefing Schedule The Court issues the briefing schedule at the time the appeal is docketed. Certain motions (e.g., a motion for dismissal) automatically stay the briefing schedule. 9th Cir. R. 27-11. The opening and answering brief due dates (and any other deadline set for a date certain by the Court) are not subject to the additional time described in Fed. R. App. P. 26(c). The early filing of appellant’s opening brief does not advance the due date for appellee’s answering brief. 9th Cir. R. 31-2.1. Extensions of Time to file a Brief A party may seek either an oral or written extension of time. Oral Extension If good cause is shown, the clerk may grant a single extension of no more than 14 days to file an opening, answering or reply brief. 9th Cir. R. 31-2.2(a). You must inform opposing counsel of your plan to request an extension of time before contacting the clerk. If an oral extension is granted, the moving party will not receive any further extensions of time unless the moving party can demonstrate extraordinary circumstances. You may apply for an oral extension by calling: • • • Northern & Eastern California, Hawaii, Guam, Arizona, Northern Mariana Islands, Nevada: (415) 355-7853 Central & Southern California: (626) 229-7261 Eastern & Western Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Alaska: (206) 224-2210 Written Extension Requests for extensions of more than 14 days will be granted only upon a written motion supported by a showing of diligence and substantial need. This motion After Opening a Case – Counseled Appeals Page 5 shall be filed at least 7 days before the due date for the brief. The motion shall be accompanied by an affidavit or declaration that includes all of the information listed at 9th Cir. R. 31-2.2(b). The Court will ordinarily adjust the schedule in response to an initial motion. Circuit Advisory Committee Note to Rule 31-2.2. The Court expects that the brief will be filed within the requested period of time. Id. Contents of Briefs The required components of a brief are set out at Fed. R. App. P. 28 and 32, and 9th Cir. R. 28-2, 32-1 and 32-2. Excerpts of Record The Court requires excerpts of record rather than an appendix. 9th Cir. R. 301.1(a). Appellant shall file 4 separately-bound excerpts of record with white covers at the time the Opening Brief is filed, and shall serve one copy on each party. 9th Cir. R. 30-1.3. Please review 9th Cir. R. 30-1.3 through 30-1.6 to see a list of the specific contents and format. For excerpts that exceed 75 pages, the first volume must comply with 9th Cir. R. 30-1.6(a). Excerpts exceeding 300 pages must be filed in multiple volumes. 9th Cir. R. 30-1.6(b). Appellee may file supplemental excerpts and appellant may file further excerpts. 9th Cir. R. 30-1.7 and 30-1.8. If you are an appellee responding to a pro se brief that did not come with excerpts, then your excerpts need only include the contents set out at 9th Cir. R. 30-1.7. Mediation Program Mediation Questionnaires are required in all civil cases except cases in which the appellant is proceeding pro se, habeas cases (28 U.S.C. §§ 2241, 2254 and 2255) and petitions for writs (28 U.S.C. § 1651). 9th Cir. R. 3-4. They are not required in criminal cases. The Mediation Questionnaire is available on the Court’s website at After Opening a Case – Counseled Appeals Page 6 www.ca9.uscourts.gov under Forms. The Mediation Questionnaire should be filed within 7 days of the docketing of a civil appeal. The Mediation Questionnaire is used only to assess settlement potential. If you are interested in requesting a conference with a mediator, you may call the Mediation Unit at (415) 355-7900, email ca09_mediation@ca9.uscourts.gov or make a written request to the Chief Circuit Mediator. You may request conferences confidentially. More information about the Court’s mediation program is available at http://www.ca9.uscourts.gov/mediation. Oral Hearings Notices of the oral hearing calendars are distributed approximately 4 to 5 weeks before the hearing date. The Court sits monthly in San Francisco, Pasadena and Seattle. The Court sits in Portland every other month, depending on caseload. The Court also hears cases 3 times a year in Honolulu and once a year in Anchorage. The Court will change the date or location of an oral hearing only for good cause, and requests to continue a hearing filed within 14 days of the hearing will be granted only upon a showing of exceptional circumstances. 9th Cir. R. 34-2. Oral hearing will be conducted in all cases unless all members of the panel agree that the decisional process would not be significantly aided by oral argument. Fed. R. App. P. 34. After Opening a Case – Counseled Appeals Page 7

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