Burns et al v. U.S. Bank, N.A. et al
OPINION AND ORDER that defendants U.S. Bank, N.A. and Bank of America, N.A.'s motion to strike evidence 21 is denied as further set out in order. Signed by Honorable Judge Myron H. Thompson on 1/30/2013. (Attachments: # 1 Civil Appeals Checklist)(jg, )
IN THE DISTRICT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA, EASTERN DIVISION
EDGAR L. BURNS, JR., and
U.S. BANK, N.A., and
BANK OF AMERICA, N.A.,
CIVIL ACTION NO.
OPINION AND ORDER
It is ORDERED that defendants U.S. Bank, N.A. and
Bank of America, N.A.’s motion to strike evidence (Doc.
No. 21) is denied under the conditions set forth below.
The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure delineate the
general use of a motion to strike: “The court may strike
from a pleading an insufficient defense or any redundant,
immaterial, impertinent, or scandalous matter.”
Civ. P. 12(f) (emphasis added).
The terms of the rule
make clear that “[o]nly material included in a ‘pleading’
may be subject of a motion to strike....
attacked by the motion to strike.”
2 James Wm. Moore, et
al., Moore's Federal Practice § 12.37 (3d ed. 1999).
Therefore, as 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.
(Thompson, J.); Fed. R. Civ. P. 7(a) (a “pleading” is
“(1) a complaint; (2) an answer to a complaint; (3) an
answer to a counterclaim designated as a counterclaim;
complaint; (6) an answer to a third-party complaint; and
(7) if the court orders one, a reply to an answer.”).
consider the motion to strike as, instead, a notice of
Southern Guar. Ins. Co., 191 F. Supp. 2d 1321, 1328 (M.D.
Ala. 2002) (Thompson, J.); Anderson v. Radisson Hotel
Corp., 834 F. Supp. 1364, 1368 n.1 (S.D. Ga. 1993)
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 30th day of January, 2013.
/s/ Myron H. Thompson
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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