Joseph v. Columbus Bank and Trust Company

Filing 28

ORDER for Response. Ordered by Judge Clay D. Land on 11/2/2010. (jbo)

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Joseph v. Columbus Bank and Trust Company Doc. 28 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA COLUMBUS DIVISION DYNESHIA D. JOSEPH, Plaintiff, vs. COLUMBUS BANK AND TRUST COMPANY, Defendant. * ORDER Defendant in this case filed a motion for summary judgment, accompanied by a brief and other supporting materials. Plaintiff, In an * * * * * CASE NO. 4:09-CV-157 (CDL) who is proceeding pro se, has failed to respond to the motion. effort to give Plaintiff every opportunity to respond, the following notice is given to Plaintiff: In its motion for summary judgment, Defendant asks the Court to decide this case without a trial, based on written materials, You have including affidavits, submitted in support of the motion. a right to file a response to Defendant's motion for summary judgment in accordance with Rule 56 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. You must file any such response by November 16, 2010. THE CLAIMS YOU ASSERT IN YOUR COMPLAINT MAY BE DISMISSED WITHOUT A TRIAL IF YOU DO NOT RESPOND TO DEFENDANT'S MOTION. Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56, summary judgment can be granted only if there are no genuine issues of material fact and if the moving party is entitled to judgment as a matter of law. Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(c); Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, 322 (1986). Although the evidence must be viewed in the light most favorable to the party opposing the motion and all factual inferences must be drawn in that party's favor, the party opposing a motion for summary judgment cannot simply rely on the pleadings. Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(e); Celotex, 477 U.S. at 324. To establish that a genuine issue of material fact exists, the party opposing summary judgment must respond by filing affidavits, depositions, or other materials to persuade the Court that the case must be presented to a jury for resolution. Celotex, 477 U.S. at 324. In short, Rule 56 provides that you may NOT oppose summary judgment simply by relying upon the allegations in your Complaint. Rather, you must submit evidence, such as witness statements or documents, countering the facts asserted by Defendant and raising material issues of fact for trial. the form of affidavits. Any witness statements must be in An affidavit is a sworn statement of fact based on personal knowledge that would be admissible in evidence at trial. You may submit your own affidavit and/or the affidavits of others. You may submit affidavits that were prepared specifically in response to Defendant's motion for summary judgment. Local Rule 56 requires a motion for summary judgment to be accompanied by a separate document containing a short and concise 2 statement of material facts in numbered paragraphs. Local Rule 56 also requires a party opposing a summary judgment motion to file a separate concise statement of material facts responding to the The local rule numbered paragraphs of the moving party's statement. further requires that the statements of material fact by both parties must include a reference to that part of the record that supports each statement. If you do not respond to the motion for summary judgment on time (by November 16, 2010) with affidavits or documentary evidence contradicting the material facts asserted by Defendant, the Court may accept Defendant's factual assertions as true. entered in Defendant's favor without a trial. Judgment may then be IT IS SO ORDERED, this 2nd day of November, 2010. S/Clay D. Land CLAY D. LAND UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 3

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