Lewis v. Green et al
ORDER directing the Plaintiff to file within 30 days a Response to 56 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by Latrice Harris, Charlotte Green, Strickland, Dottie Yarbrough, Don Wesley Ball, Joseph Hughes, Charlotte Gardner, Debra Horton, C hiquita Davis, Quilble Butler and a separate Statement of Disputed Facts that comply with 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 56 being admitted by Plaintiff; or (b) the dismissal of this action, without prejudice. Signed by Magistrate Judge J. Thomas Ray on 03/11/2014. (kcs)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
ARTHUR C. LEWIS, JR.,
a/k/a Author Lewis,
CHARLOTTE GREEN, Registered Nurse,
East Arkansas Regional Unit, et al.
Defendants filed a Motion for Summary Judgment on the issue of exhaustion,
a Brief in Support, and a Statement of Undisputed Facts. Doc. 56, 57, & 58. Plaintiff
must respond to that 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
records, or other evidence establishing that there is a genuine issue of material fact
that must be resolved at a hearing or trial.
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.
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. 57); 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
Disputed Facts that comply with the Fed. R. Civ. P. 56, Local Rule 56.1, and the
instructions set forth in this Order.
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.
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 11th day of March, 2014.
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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