Frank C. Gentsch v. Litton Loan Servicing LP, et al

Filing 6

Second INFORMATIONAL ORDER signed by Magistrate Judge Gary S. Austin on 4/14/2009. (Esteves, C)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 8 FRANK C. GENTSCH, 9 10 Plaintiff, 11 v. 12 LITTON LOAN SERVICING LP, et al., 13 14 Defendants. 15 16 Parties to this litigation shall take note of the following requirements: 17 1. Defendants must reply to the complaint within the time provided by the 18 applicable provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(a). 19 2. Unless otherwise ordered, all motions to dismiss, motions for summary 20 judgment, motions concerning discovery, motions pursuant to Rules 7, 11, 12, 15, 41, 55, 56, 59 21 and 60 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and motions pursuant to Local Rule 11-110 shall 22 be briefed pursuant to Local Rule 78-230(m). 23 3. At some point in the litigation, defendants may file a motion to dismiss this 24 action on any number of grounds. Plaintiff is advised that he has the right to oppose the motion 25 in writing. Written oppositions must be filed not more than 18 days, plus 3 days for mailing, 26 after the date of service of the motion to dismiss. Local Rule 78-230(m) provides that the failure 27 to oppose a motion "may be deemed a waiver of any opposition to the granting of the 28 1 ) 1:09-649 LJO-GSA ) ) ) SECOND INFORMATIONAL ORDER ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 motion . . . ." This means that the court may deem plaintiff's failure to oppose defendant's motion to dismiss as a waiver, and may recommend that the motion be granted on that basis. 4. At some point in the litigation, one or more defendants may move for summary judgment as to some or all of plaintiff's claims. Pursuant to Klingele v. Eikenberry, 849 F.2d 409 (9th Cir. 1988) and Rand v. Rowland, 154 F.3d 952 (9th Cir. 1998), plaintiff is advised of the following requirements for opposing a motion for summary judgment made by defendants pursuant to Rule 56 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Such a motion is a request for an order for judgment on some or all of plaintiff's claims in favor of defendants without trial. See Rule 56(b). Defendant(s)' motion will set forth the facts which defendants contend are not reasonably subject to dispute and that entitle defendant to judgment as a matter of law. See Rule 56(c). Plaintiff has the right to oppose a motion for summary judgment. To oppose the motion, plaintiff must show proof of his or her claims. Plaintiff may agree with the facts set forth in defendant(s)' motion but argue that defendant(s) are not entitled to judgment as a matter of law. Plaintiff may show defendant(s)' facts are disputed in one or more of the following ways: (1) Plaintiff may rely upon statements made under the penalty of perjury in the complaint if the complaint shows that plaintiff has personal knowledge of the matters stated and if plaintiff calls to the court's attention those parts of the complaint upon which plaintiff relies; (2) Plaintiff may also serve and file affidavits or declarations1 setting forth the facts which plaintiff believes prove plaintiff's claims (the persons who sign the affidavit or declaration must have personal knowledge of the facts stated); (3) Plaintiff may also rely upon written records but plaintiff must prove that the records are what plaintiff claims they are2; (4) Plaintiff may also rely upon all or A n affidavit is a written declaration or statement of facts, made voluntarily, and confirmed by the oath or a ffir m a tio n of the party making it, taken before an officer having authority to administer such oath. An unsworn d e c la r a tio n has the same effect as an affidavit, provided that it is dated and signed under penalty of perjury, as fo llo w s : "I declare under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct." 28 U.S.C. 1746. Affidavits and d e c la r a tio n s must be made on personal knowledge and must set forth facts as would be admissible in evidence. See R u l e 56(e). Sworn or certified copies of all papers referred to in an affidavit must be attached to the affidavit and s e r v e d on the opposing party. Rule 56(e). 2 1 2 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 any part of the transcript of one or more depositions, answers to interrogatories, or admissions obtained in this proceeding. Should plaintiff fail to contradict defendants' motion with affidavits, declarations, or other evidence, defendants' evidence will be taken as truth, and final judgment may be entered without a full trial. See Rule 56(e). If there is some good reason why such facts are not available to plaintiff when required to oppose such a motion, the court will consider a request to postpone considering defendant(s)' motion. See Rule 56(f). If plaintiff does not serve and file a request to postpone consideration of defendant(s)' motion or written opposition to the motion, the court may consider plaintiff's failure to act as a waiver of opposition to defendant(s)' motion. Plaintiff's waiver of opposition to defendant(s)' motion may result in the entry of summary judgment against plaintiff. 5. A motion supported by affidavits or declarations that are unsigned will be stricken. 6. The failure of any party to comply with this order, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, or the Local Rules of Court, may result in the imposition of sanctions including, but not limited to, dismissal of the action or entry of default. IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: 6i0kij April 14, 2009 /s/ Gary S. Austin UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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