International Refugee Assistance Project et al v. Trump et al
CASE MANAGEMENT ORDER. Signed by Judge Theodore D. Chuang on 2/7/2017. (aos, Deputy Clerk)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF MARYLAND
JOHN DOES 1-4 and
JANE DOE 1,
DONALD J. TRUMP,
In His Official Capacity as President of the
DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND
DEPARTMENT OF STATE,
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF
JOHN F. KELLY,
In His Official Capacity as Secretary of
REX W. TILLERSON,
In His Official Capacity as Secretary of State,
In His Official Capacity as Acting Director of
Civil Action No. TDC-17-0361
CASE MANAGEMENT ORDER
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 83(b) provides that “[a] judge may regulate practice in
any manner consistent with federal law, rules adopted under 28 U.S.C. §§ 2072 and 2075, and
the district’s local rules.” Such case management includes holding pretrial conferences for the
purpose of “establishing early and continuing control so that the case will not be protracted
because of lack of management” and “discouraging wasteful pretrial activities.” Fed. R. Civ. P.
Pursuant to these authorities, and in an effort to streamline proceedings, reduce
unnecessary and costly motions practice, and “to secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive
determination of every action and proceeding,” Fed. R. Civ. P. 1, this Standing Case
Management Order (the “Case Management Order”) shall govern in all civil proceedings before
Judge Chuang that were filed on or after January 1, 2016, until and unless expressly superseded.
Although this Case Management Order places formal requirements on the manner in which cases
shall proceed, it is intended only to more effectively channel the efforts of litigants and allocate
the resources of the Court. It does not, and is not intended to, modify or abridge any substantive
rights of any litigant.
Applicability of this Order
A. Effective Date
1. This Case Management Order is effective upon its filing as to any parties who
have already appeared.
2. With respect to parties who have not appeared at the time that this Case
Management Order is entered upon the docket, this Case Management Order is
effective immediately upon receipt. Entry of an appearance by counsel, which
includes gaining access to the docket of this case through CM/ECF, shall
constitute receipt. However, this Case Management Order is not to be construed
so as to penalize any party who violates its terms without having received notice
of its contents. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 83(b).
B. Service of this Order
1. If this Case Management Order is entered before the summons and complaint
have been served upon all Defendants, a copy of this Case Management Order
shall be served upon any unserved Defendants simultaneously with the summons
and complaint, in any manner authorized by Rule 4(c).
2. If this Case Management Order is entered after the summons and complaint have
been served upon all defendants, but before all defendants have appeared,
Plaintiff shall serve a copy of this Case Management Order on all Defendants who
have not yet appeared in a manner consistent with Rule 5(b) and reasonably
calculated to provide prompt, actual notice of this Case Management Order. Such
service is to be effected within three (3) business days of entry of this Case
Management Order, unless good cause is shown as to why service cannot be
effected within that time.
A. Requirement for a Pre-Motion Notice and a Pre-Motion Conference
1. No motions may be filed without first seeking a Pre-Motion Conference with
the Court. This limitation applies to any and all motions, including Motions to
Dismiss filed in lieu of an Answer, with the exception of (1) motions for
extension of time and (2) motions in prisoner cases in which the prisoner is not
represented by counsel.
2. If a party intends to file a motion, it must first file a Notice of Intent to File a
Motion (“Notice”), which shall take the form of a letter to the Court, not to
exceed three single-spaced pages, containing a brief description of the motion
sought to be filed and a brief summary of the particularized factual and legal
support for the motion. The Notice shall contain sufficient information to
demonstrate that it is premised on colorable, good-faith arguments and is not
frivolous or brought for any improper purpose, Fed. R. Civ. P. 11, but need not
contain more. The Notice shall state whether the parties have met and conferred
to discuss whether the matter at issue can be resolved without a motion.
3. No response to a Notice is necessary or shall be permitted.
4. The timely filing of a Notice, within the time period to file the underlying motion
to which it relates, will toll the time to file such motion until the date set by the
Court at the Pre-Motion Conference; no motion for an extension is necessary. In
the event that a Notice seeks to file a pre-Answer motion to dismiss, this
provision also will apply, and the time to answer provided in Federal Rule of
Civil Procedure 12(a) will be tolled.
5. Upon receipt of a Notice, the Court promptly will schedule a telephonic PreMotion Conference with all parties.
6. Pursuant to Local Rule 105.3 (D. Md. 2016), no memorandum or brief in support
of a motion or in opposition thereto shall exceed thirty-five (35) pages, nor shall
any reply memorandum or brief exceed twenty (20) pages, exclusive of exhibits
and tables, without prior approval from the Court. Approval to exceed these page
limits may be sought during the Pre-Motion Conference. All briefs must be in 12point font, including footnotes, and the document margins must be 1” on all sides.
7. Except as provided herein or as ordered during a Pre-Motion Conference, all
Motions must comply with the Local Rules of this Court, particularly with Local
Rule 105.2(c), covering cross-motions for summary judgment, Local Rule 105.3,
providing for page limits, and Local Rule 105.4, providing for tables of contents
in lengthy memoranda.
8. In the event that the Court determines that no Conference is necessary, it will
cancel the Conference and issue an Order authorizing the filing of the motion in
accordance with the terms of this Case Management Order and the Local Rules.
B. Procedures for Submission of Materials with Summary Judgment Motions
1. In the event that a party files a motion for summary judgment, or parties file cross
motions for summary judgment, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56,
all parties shall cooperate to compile a joint statement of facts that are not
disputed for the purposes of summary judgment. Such facts should be submitted
in a Joint Statement of Undisputed Facts and need not—and should not—be
supported with additional documentary evidence. The parties may stipulate to
facts, or to the authenticity, relevance, or admissibility of particular documents,
for the purposes of summary judgment without prejudice to their ability to dispute
such facts in good faith at later proceedings.
2. With respect to all other evidence to be considered on summary judgment, the
parties must submit a single, consolidated record (the “Joint Record”), as follows:
a. The party filing first shall compile any exhibits needed to support its position.
All exhibits shall be provided in a clear format that includes the complete
document, rather than an excerpt. All deposition transcripts shall be provided
in their entirety in “minuscript” (four transcript pages per printed page)
format, and the cited portions shall be highlighted in a manner that allows
both the highlighting and the highlighted text to be clear and easily seen as
filed. Any lengthy documents (more than 10 pages) of which only certain
portions are relevant shall be highlighted similarly. If only a de minimis
portion of a document or deposition is necessary, the parties may seek
permission to file only the first page of the document and the relevant portion.
b. All exhibits must be produced in a clear, legible format. Photographic or
photocopied exhibits must be included in their original format (color or blackand-white) and in sufficient quality and resolution that their contents are
reasonably clear. Any documents that cannot be printed on standard 8.5"x11"
paper must, to the extent possible, be placed in a folder or securely affixed to
a page of paper or cardstock that is 8.5"x11".
c. The initial movant’s exhibits shall be tabbed with exhibit numbers and each
page shall be consecutively numbered (such as with a Bates stamp or
equivalent method) so that, for example, the first page of exhibit two will bear
the number immediately following the number of the last page in exhibit one,
and so forth for all the exhibits. Each page submitted will therefore have a
unique Joint Record (“J.R.”) number.
d. No exhibits need be filed with the court with the filing of the initial motion,
but the exhibits shall be provided to the opposing party in a manner that
allows them to cite to the exhibit and J.R. numbers used by the movant. All
citations shall be to both the relevant exhibit and J.R. number. For citations to
deposition transcripts with multiple pages of transcript on a single exhibit
page, the original transcript page and relevant line numbers shall be provided
in parentheses following the exhibit number and J.R. number.
e. The respondent/cross-movant shall not provide duplicates of any of the initial
movant’s exhibits but, to the extent necessary, shall cite to those same exhibits
by exhibit and J.R. number. To the extent practicable, the respondent/crossmovant shall ensure that relevant portions of depositions or lengthy
documents are highlighted even if those exhibits originally were provided by
f. If the respondent/cross-movant seeks to rely upon additional exhibits, or to
submit any other materials, it shall do so in the same format as provided in
paragraphs 2.a–d above. Respondent/cross-movant shall begin numbering its
exhibits and its pages where movant’s exhibits/pages left off. For example, if
movant provides fifteen exhibits, numbered 1–15, and comprising pages 1–
200, respondent/cross-movant should begin with exhibit 16, and the first page
should be numbered 201.
g. The same procedure shall be followed for exhibits relevant to subsequently
filed memoranda, such as a reply or, if permitted by the Court, surreply
h. If a party believes that it requires additional facts to oppose summary
judgment pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56(d), it shall state
those facts with particularity in an affidavit and include that affidavit as an
exhibit in the Joint Record.
i. Any objections to an exhibit shall be stated, in 250 words or less, on a cover
page to that exhibit. “Under Fed. R. Civ. P. 56, as amended in 2010, facts in
support of or opposition to a motion for summary judgment need not be in
admissible form; the requirement is that the party identify facts that could be
put in admissible form.” Mallik v. Sebelius, 964 F. Supp. 2d 531, 546 (D. Md.
2013). Accordingly, the mere fact that a document is inadmissible in its
current form is not a valid objection. Similarly, objections to the contents or
credibility should not be made unless they have a nonfrivolous basis. The
party offering an exhibit may respond to the objection in 250 words or less, on
the same cover page. However, an objection to an adversary’s exhibit is not a
basis for excluding any document from the Joint Record.
j. Within seven (7) days of the filing of the final brief on the Motion, the parties
jointly shall file the Joint Record, both electronically and in hard copy in a
single, bound volume (or, if necessary, multiple, numbered volumes).
Notwithstanding Local Rule 105.5, all exhibits shall be tabbed and indexed,
and shall be bound along the left side either in a three-ring binder, spiral
binding, or by any other secure means of binding that allows the Joint
Appendix to lay flat when opened.
C. Procedures for Submission of Exhibits with Other Substantive Motions
1. The procedures for the submission of exhibits relating to a summary judgment
motion, set forth in part II.B.2 above, shall also be followed by the parties in
submitting exhibits in relation to any other substantive motion for which exhibits
are relevant, including a motion to dismiss.
Date: February 7, 2017
THEODORE D. CHUANG
United States District Judge
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