JONES v. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
ORDER for Response to Motion re: 14 MOTION for Summary Judgment filed by UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Response deadline in 6/14/2012. Ordered by Judge Hugh Lawson on 5/21/2012. (nbp)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
TIMOTHY S. JONES,
Civil Action No. 7:11-CV-110 (HL)
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Defendant has filed a Motion for Summary Judgment, requesting that
judgment be entered in its favor on all issues and claims raised in Plaintiff’s
complaint. (Doc. 14). Since Plaintiff is proceeding pro se, the Court deems it
appropriate and necessary to advise him of his right to respond to the motion and of
the consequences which he may suffer if he fails to file a response. In order to
ensure that Plaintiff receives adequate notice (1) that a motion for summary
judgment has been filed against him; (2) that he has the right to oppose the granting
of the motion; and (3) that failure to oppose the motion may result in a final judgment
being rendered against him as to Defendant, he is notified as follows:
Rule 56 of the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure dealing with motions for
summary judgment provides in part as follows:
(a) Motion for Summary Judgment or Partial
Summary Judgment. A party may move for summary
judgment, identifying each claim or defense -- or the part
of each claim or defense -- on which summary judgment
is sought. The court shall grant summary judgment if the
movant shows that there is no genuine dispute as to any
material fact and the movant is entitled to judgment as a
matter of law. The court should state on the record the
reasons for granting or denying the motion.
Under the procedures and policies of this Court, motions for summary
judgment are normally decided on briefs. The Court considers the pleadings,
depositions, answers to interrogatories, and admissions on file, together with any
affidavits submitted by the parties, in deciding whether a summary judgment is
appropriate under Rule 56; the parties may submit their argument to the Court by
filing briefs in support of or briefs in opposition to said motions.
Under the law, the party against whom a motion for summary judgment has
been filed has the right to file affidavits or other material in opposition to a summary
judgment motion. If he fails and refuses to file any affidavits or other materials in
opposition to the motion for summary judgment, a final judgment may be rendered
against him if otherwise appropriate under the law.
Summary judgment can only be granted 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); Warrior Tombigbee Transportation Co. v. M/V Nan Fung, 695
F.2d 1294, 1296 (11th Cir. 1983). While the evidence and all factual inferences
therefrom must be viewed by the Court in the light most favorable to the party
opposing the motion, the party opposing the granting of the motion for summary
judgment cannot rest on his pleadings to present an issue of fact but must make a
response to the motion by filing affidavits, depositions, or otherwise in order to
persuade the Court that there are material facts which exist in the case which must
be presented to a jury for resolution. See Van T. Junkins & Assoc. v. U.S. Indus.,
Inc., 736 F.2d 656, 658 (11th Cir.1984).
Failure of Plaintiff to respond to and rebut the statements set forth in the
Defendant’s affidavits and other sworn pleadings may result in the statements being
accepted as the truth. The Court could then grant judgment to the Defendant seeking
summary judgment; there would be no trial or any further proceedings.
Accordingly, Plaintiff is ordered and directed to file a response to Defendant’s
Motion for Summary Judgment in accordance with Rule 56 of the Federal Rules of
Civil Procedure on or before June 14, 2012.
SO ORDERED, this the 21st day of May, 2012.
s/ Hugh Lawson
HUGH LAWSON, SENIOR JUDGE
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