Castro v. FCI - Forrest City et al
ORDER directing the Plaintiff to file within 30 days a Response and a separate statement of disputed facts that comply with the Fed. R. Civ. P. 56, Local Rule 56.1, and the instructions set forth in this Order to 24 MOTION to Dismiss Defendants War den Anthony Haynes and Lt. Mark Sheldon or alternatively, for summary judgment. Plaintiff is advised that the failure to timely and properly comply with this Order will result in: (a) all of the facts in Defendants' summary judgment papers being deemed admitted by Plaintiff, pursuant to Local Rule 56.1(c); or (b) the dismissal of this action, without prejudice, pursuant to Local Rule 5.5(c)(2). Signed by Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray on 02/03/2014. (kcs)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
JORGE A. CASTRO,
MARK A. SHELDON, Lieutenant,
FCI-FC, et al.
Defendants have filed a Motion to Dismiss, or in the alternative, Motion for
Summary Judgment. Doc. 24. Because Defendants have attached supporting
documents in their Motion, the Court will construe it as a Motion for Summary
Judgment. See Country Club Estates v. Town of Loma Linda, 213 F.3d 1001, 1005
(8th Cir. 2000) (providing that the party opposing the motion must be placed on notice
that it is being construed as a request for summary judgment). Plaintiff must respond
to the Motion.
At the summary judgment stage, a plaintiff cannot rest upon mere allegations
and, instead, must meet proof with proof. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(e). This means that
Plaintiff’s Response must include his legal arguments, as well as affidavits,1 prison
The affidavit must be based upon the personal knowledge of the person executing the
affidavit and must be either: (1) sworn and subscribed to by a notary public; or (2) executed under
penalty of perjury, as provided for by 28 U.S.C. § 1746.
records, or other evidence establishing that there is a genuine issue of material fact
that must be resolved at a hearing or trial.
Furthermore, pursuant to Local Rule 56.1, Plaintiff must also separately file a
Statement of Disputed Facts, which lists: (a) any disagreement he has with the
specifically numbered factual assertions in Defendants’ Statement of Undisputed Facts
(Doc. 26); and (b) any other disputed facts that he believes must be resolved at a
hearing or trial.2
Finally, Plaintiff is advised that if he intends to rely on documents that have
been previously filed in the record, he must specifically refer to those documents by
docket number, page, date, and heading. The Court will not sift through the file to
find support for Plaintiff’s factual contentions. See Crossley v. Georgia-Pacific,
Corp., 355 F.3d 1112, 1113-14 (8th Cir. 2004) (affirming the grant of summary
judgment because a plaintiff failed to properly refer to specific pages of the record that
supported his position).
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED THAT:
Plaintiff must file, within thirty days of the entry of this Order, a
Response to Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment and a separate Statement of
If Plaintiff disputes any of the facts in Defendants’ Statement of Undisputed Facts, he must
identify each numbered paragraph that contains the facts he disputes and, for each paragraph, explain
why he disputes those facts.
Disputed Facts that comply with the Fed. R. Civ. P. 56, Local Rule 56.1, and the
instructions set forth in this Order.
Plaintiff is advised that the failure to timely and properly comply with
this Order will result in: (a) all of the facts in Defendants’ summary judgment papers
being deemed admitted by Plaintiff, pursuant to Local Rule 56.1(c); or (b) the
dismissal of this action, without prejudice, pursuant to Local Rule 5.5(c)(2).
Dated this 3rd day of February, 2014.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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