Hood v. Mims et al

Filing 49

SECOND INFORMATIONAL ORDER - Notice and Warning of Requirements for Opposing Defendants' Summary Judgment Motion, signed by Magistrate Judge Barbara A. McAuliffe on 1/9/17. (Marrujo, C)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 ALBERT LEE HOOD, 12 Plaintiff, 13 14 v. MARGARET MIMS, et al., 15 Defendants. 16 17 18 19 ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No.: 1:13-cv-00108-LJO-BAM (PC) SECOND INFORMATIONAL ORDER - NOTICE AND WARNING OF REQUIREMENTS FOR OPPOSING DEFENDANTS’ SUMMARY JUDGMENT MOTION (ECF No. 48) Plaintiff Albert Lee Hood is proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis in this civil rights action. 20 Defendants filed a motion for summary judgment on January 6, 2017, and pursuant to Woods v. 21 Carey, 684 F.3d 934 (9th Cir. 2012), Rand v. Rowland, 154 F.3d 952 (9th Cir. 1998), and Klingele v. 22 Eikenberry, 849 F.2d 409 (9th Cir. 1988), the Court hereby notifies Plaintiff of the following rights 23 and requirements for opposing the motion: 24 1. 25 Local Rule 230(l). 26 2. Unless otherwise ordered, all motions for summary judgment are briefed pursuant to Plaintiff is required to file an opposition or a statement of non-opposition to 27 Defendants’ motion for summary judgment. Local Rule 230(l). If Plaintiff fails to file an opposition 28 or a statement of non-opposition to the motion, this action may be dismissed, with prejudice, for 1 1 failure to prosecute. The opposition or statement of non-opposition must be filed not more than 2 twenty-one (21) days after the date of service of the motion. Id. 3. 3 A motion for summary judgment is a request for judgment on some or all of Plaintiff’s 4 claims in favor of Defendants without trial. Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(a). Defendants’ motion sets forth the 5 facts which they contend are not reasonably subject to dispute and that entitle them to judgment as a 6 matter of law. Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(c). This is called the Statement of Undisputed Facts. Local Rule 7 260(a). 4. 8 Plaintiff has the right to oppose a motion for summary judgment. To oppose the 9 motion, Plaintiff must show proof of his claims. Plaintiff may agree with the facts set forth in 10 Defendants’ motion but argue that Defendants are not entitled to judgment as a matter of law. 5. 11 In the alternative, if Plaintiff does not agree with the facts set forth in Defendants’ 12 motion, he may show that Defendants’ facts are disputed in one or more of the following ways: (1) 13 Plaintiff may rely upon statements made under the penalty of perjury in the complaint or the 14 opposition if (a) the complaint or opposition shows that Plaintiff has personal knowledge of the 15 matters stated and (b) Plaintiff calls to the Court’s attention those parts of the complaint or opposition 16 upon which Plaintiff relies; (2) Plaintiff may serve and file declarations setting forth the facts which 17 Plaintiff believes prove his claims;1 (3) Plaintiff may rely upon written records but Plaintiff must 18 prove that the records are what he claims they are;2 or (4) Plaintiff may rely upon all or any part of the 19 transcript of one or more depositions, answers to interrogatories, or admissions obtained in this 20 proceeding. Should Plaintiff fail to contradict Defendants’ motion with declarations or other evidence, 21 Defendants’ evidence will be taken as truth, and final judgment may be entered without a full trial. 22 Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(e). 23 24 1 25 26 27 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. 2 28 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). 2 1 6. In opposing Defendants’ motion for summary judgment, Local Rule 260(b) requires 2 Plaintiff to reproduce Defendants’ itemized facts in the Statement of Undisputed Facts and admit those 3 facts which are undisputed and deny those which are disputed. If Plaintiff disputes (denies) a fact, 4 Plaintiff must cite to the evidence used to support that denial (e.g., pleading, declaration, deposition, 5 interrogatory answer, admission, or other document). Local Rule 260(b). 6 7. If discovery has not yet been opened or if discovery is still open and Plaintiff is not yet 7 able to present facts to justify the opposition to the motion, the Court will consider a request to 8 postpone consideration of Defendants’ motion. Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(d). Any request to postpone 9 consideration of Defendants’ motion for summary judgment must include the following: (1) a 10 declaration setting forth the specific facts Plaintiff hopes to elicit from further discovery, (2) a showing 11 that the facts exist, and (3) a showing that the facts are essential to opposing the motion for summary 12 judgment. Blough v. Holland Realty, Inc., 574 F.3d 1084, 1091 n.5 (9th Cir. 2009); Tatum v. City and 13 County of San Francisco, 441 F.3d 1090, 1100-01 (9th Cir. 2006); State of California v. Campbell, 14 138 F.3d 772, 779 (9th Cir. 1998). The request to postpone the motion for summary judgment must 15 identify what information is sought and how it would preclude summary judgment. Blough, 574 F.3d 16 at 1091 n.5; Tatum, 441 F.3d at 1100-01; Margolis v. Ryan, 140 F.3d 850, 853 (9th Cir. 1998); Local 17 Rule 260(b). 18 19 20 8. Unsigned declarations will be stricken, and declarations not signed under penalty of perjury have no evidentiary value. 9. The failure of any party to comply with this order, the Federal Rules of Civil 21 Procedure, or the Local Rules of the Eastern District of California may result in the imposition of 22 sanctions including but not limited to dismissal of the action or entry of default. 23 24 25 26 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: /s/ Barbara January 9, 2017 A. McAuliffe _ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 27 28 3

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