Rupa Marya v. Warner Chappell Music Inc

Filing 93

ORDER RE MOTIONS FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT by Judge George H. King. A deadline for dispositive motions has been set in the above-captioned case. Any motion(s) for summary judgment SHALL comply with all Federal and Local Rules, as well as this Order. Please be advised that this Order contains requirements more specificthan the Local and Federal Rules. (See order for further details) (shb)

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1 2 3 4 FILED: 3/24/14 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 FOR THE CENTRAL DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 GOOD MORNING TO YOU PRODUCTIONS CORP., et al 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 ) ) ) ) ) Plaintiff, ) v. ) ) ) WARNER/CHAPPELL MUSIC ) INC., et al ) ) Defendants. ) ) _______________________________ ) CASE NO. CV 13-4460 GHK (MRWx) ORDER RE: SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTIONS 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 A deadline for dispositive motions has been set in the above-captioned case. Any motion(s) for summary judgment SHALL comply with all Federal and Local Rules, as well as this Order. Please be advised that this Order contains requirements more specific than the Local and Federal Rules. // // // 1 // 2 1. LOCAL RULE 7-3 CONFERENCE: The parties shall meet and confer, in 3 person, in order to narrow and crystallize the issues to be argued in any summary 4 judgment motion(s). The parties shall discuss each issue to be raised in the motion(s), as 5 well as the law and evidence relevant to that issue, so that the parties’ briefing may reflect 6 that they are fully cognizant of the other side’s position. If the briefing reveals that the 7 parties are not on the same page with respect to the issues and positions presented, the 8 motion(s) shall be stricken. 9 2. TIMING: The motion(s) shall be properly noticed under the Local Rules, see 10 L.R. 6-1, and filed by the deadline set in the Scheduling Order, but in no event less than 11 twenty days after the 7-3 conference has taken place. See L.R. 7-3. 12 3. JOINT BRIEF: The parties shall work cooperatively to create a single, fully 13 integrated joint brief covering all parties’ summary judgment motions, in which each 14 issue (or sub-issue) raised by a party is immediately followed by the opposing 15 party’s/parties’ response. The joint brief shall set out each issue (or sub-issue), including 16 legal argument and direct citation to evidence (i.e., not simply to the statement of 17 undisputed and disputed facts), followed, seriatim, by the response with respect to that 18 issue (or sub-issue), including legal argument and direct citation to evidence. 19 4. CITATION TO EVIDENCE: All citation to evidence in the joint brief shall be 20 directly to the exhibit and page number(s) of the evidentiary appendix, (see infra ¶ 7), or 21 page and line number(s) of a deposition. Parenthetical explanations are encouraged. The 22 parties shall cite to relevant evidence to support factual assertions throughout the joint 23 brief. Failure to cite evidence to support a factual assertion shall be deemed the party’s 24 admission that the party lacks evidence of that fact. Evidence not cited by a party in the 25 joint brief shall be deemed admitted to be irrelevant. 26 5. UNNECESSARY SECTIONS: Because we are familiar with the basic facts of 27 our cases, the parties need include neither a ‘statement of the facts’ section, nor a 28 ‘procedural history’ section. We are also familiar with the general standard for summary 2 1 judgment, so that need not be argued, but if a party believes a specialized standard is 2 applicable they may brief such a standard. If preliminary issues—such as burden of proof, 3 standard of review, or choice of law—are at issue, however, the parties shall brief such 4 issues in accordance with ¶ 3, supra. 5 6. PAGE LIMITATION: Each separately-represented party shall be limited to 6 twenty-five pages, exclusive of tables of contents and authorities. Repetition shall be 7 avoided, and, as always, brevity is preferred. Leave for additional space will be given 8 only in extraordinary cases. The excessive use of footnotes in an attempt to avoid the 9 page limitation shall not be tolerated. All substantive material, other than brief argument 10 on tangential issues, shall be in the body of the brief. 11 7. EVIDENTIARY APPENDIX: The joint brief shall be accompanied by one 12 separate, tabbed appendix1 of all admissible evidence relied upon by any party, including 13 declarations and documentary evidence. Declarations shall be of admissible evidence, and 14 shall not contain argument. L.R. 7-7. Depositions, see L.R. 32-1, and physical exhibits 15 shall be lodged separately. The evidentiary appendix shall include a table of contents. 16 8. EVIDENTIARY OBJECTIONS: All necessary evidentiary objections shall be 17 made in the relevant section(s) of the joint brief. 18 9. JOINT APPENDIX OF UNDISPUTED AND DISPUTED FACTS: The joint 19 brief shall also be accompanied by a joint appendix of undisputed and disputed facts. The 20 14-point font requirement of Local Rule 11-3.1.1 is waived for the purposes of this factual 21 appendix only. In order to avoid a Notice of Document Discrepancy, this appendix shall 22 be entitled “Statement of Uncontroverted Facts.” See L.R. 56-1. This appendix shall 23 consist of a five column table: 24 a. The first column shall contain the number of the fact alleged by a 25 party to be undisputed. All asserted undisputed facts shall be sequentially 26 numbered, but shall be divided into sections clearly denoting which party is 27 28 1 A large appendix may be divided into multiple volumes. 3 1 asserting the undisputed fact (e.g., D1, D2, . . . , P51, P52, . . .). Facts agreed 2 to be undisputed need not be reasserted in later sections. 3 b. The second column shall contain a plain statement of the fact. 4 Facts shall not be compound. If, for instance, the required response is that 5 the fact is disputed in part, the fact is compound. Furthermore, neither legal 6 arguments nor conclusions constitute facts. 7 c. The third column shall contain citation to admissible evidence the 8 party believes supports that fact. If multiple pieces of evidence are cited, 9 parenthetical explanations of the nature and relevance of each piece of 10 11 evidence shall be included. d. The fourth column shall contain the opposing party’s/parties’ 12 response to the asserted undisputed fact. The following are the only 13 appropriate responses: (1) “Undisputed”; (2) “Disputed,” along with a brief 14 explanation of the dispute (e.g., “unsupported by admissible evidence,” or 15 “conflicting evidence presented”). Legal argument is not an appropriate 16 response. See L.R. 11-7. 17 e. The fifth column shall contain citation to admissible evidence 18 supporting the party’s/parties’ assertion of the dispute. If multiple pieces of 19 evidence are cited, parenthetical explanations of the nature and relevance of 20 each piece of evidence shall be included. If the party does not dispute the 21 fact, or simply disputes the sufficiency of the asserting party’s evidence, no 22 citation is necessary. 23 10. FAILURE TO PROPERLY DISPUTE A FACT: A party’s failure to properly 24 dispute any fact asserted to be undisputed by the opposing side shall result in our deeming 25 that fact established for the purposes of resolving the motion(s). See L.R. 56-3. 26 11. FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH THIS ORDER: If it appears from the joint 27 brief that the parties have not discharged their Local Rule 7-3 obligations in good faith, 28 that the parties have not worked to fully integrate the document, or that the parties have 4 1 otherwise failed to fully comply with this Order, the motion(s) shall be stricken, and the 2 parties shall be required to repeat the process. If it appears that a party is/some parties are 3 primarily responsible for the parties’ failure to properly file an adequate joint brief, that 4 party/those parties shall be subject to appropriate sanctions. 5 6 IT IS SO ORDERED. 7 8 DATED: This 24th Day of March , 2014. 9 10 11 12 GEORGE H. KING Chief United States District Judge 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 5

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