Piazza v. Brackett et al

Filing 87

SECOND INFORMATIONAL ORDER For Motion To Dismiss And Motion For Summary Judgment, signed by Magistrate Judge Barbara A. McAuliffe on 1/13/2015. (Fahrney, E)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 8 9 MICHAEL PIAZZA, 10 Plaintiff, 11 v. 12 13 1:11-cv-1536 BAM D.R. BRACKETT, et al., 14 SECOND INFORMATIONAL ORDER FOR MOTION TO DISMISS AND MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGEMENT Defendants. 15 Plaintiff is a prisoner and is proceeding pro se in this civil action. Parties to this litigation 16 17 shall take note of the following requirements : 18 19 1. Defendants1 must reply to the complaint within the time provided by the applicable provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(a). In this case, Defendants have already responded to 20 the complaint. 21 2. Unless otherwise ordered, all motions to dismiss, motions for summary 22 23 judgment, motions concerning discovery, motions pursuant to Rules 7, 11, 12, 15, 41, 55, 56, 59 24 and 60 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, and motions pursuant to Local Rule 110 shall be 25 briefed pursuant to Local Rule 230(c). 26 27 1 28 The term “defendants” as used in this order, means multiple defendants or an individual defendant. 1 1 2 3 3. At some point in the litigation, defendant(s) may file a motion to dismiss, a motion for summary judgment, or other type of motion. Plaintiff is required to file an opposition or a statement of non-opposition to the motion. Local Rule 230(c). Plaintiff is advised that 4 failure to timely file a written opposition, or a statement of non-opposition to a motion may result 5 6 in dismissal of the action for failure to prosecute. The written opposition or the statement of non- 7 opposition must be filed not more than 14 days preceding the noticed hearing date. Defendant’s 8 reply shall be served no less than 7 days preceding the date of the hearing. Local Rule 230(c) and 9 (d). 10 11 4. Here, the defendants have moved for summary judgment as to some or all of plaintiff’s claims. Pursuant to Woods v. Carey, 684 F.3d 934, 940 (9th Cir. 2012), Rand v. 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rowland, 154 F.3d 952 (9th Cir. 1998), and Klingele v. Eikenberry, 849 F.2d 409 (9th Cir. 1988), the Court hereby notifies Plaintiff of the following rights and requirements for opposing the motion: a. Unless otherwise ordered, all motions for summary judgment are briefed pursuant to Local Rule 230. b. As noted above, Plaintiff is required to file an opposition or a statement of nonopposition to Defendants’ motion for summary judgment pursuant to the time limitations outlined 20 21 22 in Local Rule 230(c). If Plaintiff fails to file an opposition or a statement of non-opposition to the motion, this action may be dismissed, with prejudice, for failure to prosecute. 23 c. A motion for summary judgment is a request for judgment on some or all of Plaintiff’s 24 claims in favor of Defendants without trial. Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(a). Defendants’ motion sets forth 25 the facts which they contend are not reasonably subject to dispute and that entitle them to 26 judgment as a matter of law. Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(c). This is called the Statement of Undisputed 27 Facts. Local Rule 260(a). 28 2 1 Plaintiff has the right to oppose a motion for summary judgment. To oppose the motion, 2 Plaintiff must show proof of his claims. Plaintiff may agree with the facts set forth in 3 Defendants’ motion but argue that Defendants are not entitled to judgment as a matter of law. 4 In the alternative, if Plaintiff does not agree with the facts set forth in Defendants’ motion, 5 6 he may show that Defendants’ facts are disputed in one or more of the following ways: (1) 7 Plaintiff may rely upon statements made under the penalty of perjury in the complaint or the 8 opposition if (a) the complaint or opposition shows that Plaintiff has personal knowledge of the 9 matters stated and (b) Plaintiff calls to the Court’s attention those parts of the complaint or 10 11 12 13 14 opposition upon which Plaintiff relies; (2) Plaintiff may serve and file declarations setting forth the facts which Plaintiff believes prove his claims;2 (3) Plaintiff may rely upon written records but Plaintiff must prove that the records are what he claims they are;3 or (4) Plaintiff may rely upon all or any part of the transcript of one or more depositions, answers to interrogatories, or 15 admissions obtained in this proceeding. Should Plaintiff fail to contradict Defendants’ motion 16 with declarations or other evidence, Defendants’ evidence will be taken as truth, and final 17 judgment may be entered without a full trial. Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(e). 18 19 In opposing Defendants’ motion for summary judgment, Local Rule 260(b) requires Plaintiff to reproduce Defendants’ itemized facts in the Statement of Undisputed Facts and admit 20 21 those facts which are undisputed and deny those which are disputed. If Plaintiff disputes (denies) 22 23 2 24 25 26 A declaration is a written statement setting forth facts (1) which are admissible in evidence, (2) which are based on the personal knowledge of the person giving the statement, and (3) to which the person giving the statement is competent to testify. 28 U.S.C. § 1746; Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(c)(4). A declaration must be dated and signed under penalty of perjury as follows: “I declare (or certify, verify or state) under penalty of perjury that the foregoing is true and correct. Executed on (date). (Signature).” 28 U.S.C. § 1746. 3 27 Sworn or certified copies of all papers referred to in the declaration must be included and served on the opposing party. Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(e). 28 3 1 a fact, Plaintiff must cite to the evidence used to support that denial (e.g., pleading, declaration, 2 deposition, interrogatory answer, admission, or other document). Local Rule 260(b). 3 d. If discovery has not yet been opened or if discovery is still open and Plaintiff is not yet 4 able to present facts to justify the opposition to the motion, the Court will consider a request to 5 6 postpone consideration of Defendants’ motion. Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(d). Any request to postpone 7 consideration of Defendants’ motion for summary judgment must include the following: (1) a 8 declaration setting forth the specific facts Plaintiff hopes to elicit from further discovery, (2) a 9 showing that the facts exist, and (3) a showing that the facts are essential to opposing the motion 10 for summary judgment. Blough v. Holland Realty, Inc., 574 F.3d 1084, 1091 n.5 (9th Cir. 2009); 11 Tatum v. City and County of San Francisco, 441 F.3d 1090, 1100-01 (9th Cir. 2006); State of 12 13 14 California v. Campbell, 138 F.3d 772, 779 (9th Cir. 1998). The request to postpone the motion for summary judgment must identify what information is sought and how it would preclude 15 summary judgment. Blough, 574 F.3d at 1091 n.5; Tatum, 441 F.3d at 1100-01; Margolis v. 16 Ryan, 140 F.3d 850, 853 (9th Cir. 1998); Local Rule 260(b). 17 18 e. Unsigned declarations will be stricken, and declarations not signed under penalty of perjury have no evidentiary value. 19 5. The failure of any party to comply with this order, the Federal Rules of Civil 20 21 22 Procedure, or the Local Rules of the Eastern District of California may result in the imposition of sanctions including but not limited to dismissal of the action or entry of default. 23 24 25 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: /s/ Barbara January 13, 2015 26 A. McAuliffe _ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 27 28 4

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