Reeves-Howard v. Southern Union State Community College et al

Filing 83

ORDERED that 61 and 62 Motions to Strike Affidavit Testimony are denied under the condition further set out in order. Signed by Honorable Myron H. Thompson on 5/20/2009. (cb, )

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IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA, EASTERN DIVISION DEBRA REEVES-HOWARD, Plaintiff, v. SOUTHERN UNION STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ORDER CIVIL ACTION NO. 3:07cv967-MHT (WO) It is ORDERED that plaintiff Debra Reeves-Howard's motions to strike affidavit testimony (doc. nos. 61 & 62) are denied under the conditions set forth below. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure delineate the general use of a motion to strike: "Upon motion made by a party ... the court may order stricken from any pleading any insufficient defense or any redundant, immaterial, impertinent, or scandalous matter." (emphasis added). Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(f) The terms of the rule make clear that "[o]nly material included in a `pleading' may be subject of a motion to strike. ... Motions, briefs or memoranda, objections, or affidavits may not be attacked by the motion to strike." 2 James Wm. Moore, et al., Moore's Therefore, as Federal Practice 12.37[2] (3d ed. 1999). an initial matter, the motion to strike must be denied as to all non-pleadings, and, in this case, that would be all documents at issue. See Lowery v. Hoffman, 188 F.R.D. 651, 653 (M.D. Ala. 1999) (Thompson, J.); Fed. R. Civ. P. 7(a) (a "pleading" is "a complaint and an answer; a reply to a counterclaim denominated as such; an answer to a cross-claim, if the answer contains a cross-claim; a third-party complaint, if a person who was not an original party is summoned under the provisions of Rule 14; and a third-party served."). Nevertheless, summary-judgment in motion, resolving the court the will pending implicitly answer, if a third-party complaint is consider the motions to strike as, instead, notices of objections to the testimony described. Norman v. Southern Guar. Ins. Co., 191 F. Supp. 2d 1321, 1328 (M.D. Ala. 2 2002) (Thompson, J.); Anderson v. Radisson Hotel Corp., 834 F. Supp. 1364, 1368 n.1 (S.D. Ga. 1993) (Bowen, J.). The court is capable of sifting evidence, as required by the summary-judgment standard, without resort to an exclusionary process, and the court will not allow the summary-judgment stage to degenerate into a battle of motions to strike. DONE, this the 20th day of May, 2009. /s/ Myron H. Thompson UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

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