Brown et al v. United States of America
ORDER (1) Directing Clerk of Court to Reinstate Defendant's 23 MOTION for Summary Judgment and (2) Striking Plaintiff's 25 Response in Opposition to Defendant's Motion for Summary Judgment and Cross Motion for Partial Summary Judgment. Signed by District Judge Matthew F. Leitman. (HMon)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
KRIS ROENA BROWN, et al.
Case No. 16-cv-13003
Hon. Matthew F. Leitman
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
ORDER (1) DIRECTING CLERK OF COURT TO REINSTATE
DEFENDANT’S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT (ECF #23) AND
(2) STRIKING PLAINTIFF’S RESPONSE IN OPPOSITION TO
DEFENDANT’S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT AND CROSS
MOTION FOR PARTIAL SUMMARY JUDGMENT (ECF #25)
In this action, Plaintiff Kris Roena Brown asserts a claim against Defendant
United States of America under the Federal Tort Claims Act, 28 U.S.C. § 1346(b)(1)
(the “FTCA”), for injuries she allegedly sustained in an automobile accident. (See
Compl., ECF #1.) On November 16, 2016, the Court entered a scheduling order in
which it required, among other things, that any dispositive motions be filed by June
30, 2017. (See ECF #15.) On June 30, 2017, Defendant filed a motion for summary
judgment. (See ECF #23.) On August 4, 2017, Plaintiff filed a “Response in
Opposition to Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment and Cross Motion for
Partial Summary Judgment.” (See ECF #25.) Defendant filed a reply on September
1, 2017. (See ECF #27.)
On September 19, 2017, before the Court reviewed the briefing on
Defendants’ motion for summary judgment, the Court entered an order in which it
(1) referred this action to a magistrate judge to conduct a settlement conference
between the parties and (2) terminated Defendant’s summary judgment motion
without prejudice. (See ECF #31.) In that order, the Court stated that it would
reinstate Defendant’s summary judgment motion if the settlement conference did
not result in a settlement. (See id. at Pg. ID 1446-47.) On March 1, 2018, Defendant
filed a notice of reinstatement of its motion for summary judgment in which it
informed the Court that the parties had not settled the matter. (See ECF #36.) The
Court has now completed a preliminary review of the briefing on Defendant’s
motion for summary judgment.
Based on the Defendant’s notice of reinstatement and the Court’s preliminary
review of the briefing on Defendant’s motion for summary judgment, IT IS
HEREBY ORDERED THAT:
1. The Clerk of the Court shall reinstate Defendant’s motion for summary
judgment (ECF #23) to the Court’s active docket.
2. Plaintiff’s “Response in Opposition to Defendant’s Motion for
Summary Judgment and Cross Motion for Partial Summary Judgment”
(ECF #25) is stricken. The Court strikes that filing for three reasons:
a. In violation of this District’s Electronic Filing Policies and
Procedures Rule 5(f),1 the filing combines a response to a motion
with a counter-motion for relief. Rule 5(f) provides that such a
filing will be stricken;
b. Plaintiff’s cross-motion for summary judgment was filed far
after the dispositive motion cut-off of June 30, 2017 in the
Court’s scheduling order; and
c. The number of pages in the filing far exceeds the number of
pages allowed for a response to a dispositive motion. See L.R.
7.1(d)(3). The Court did not grant Plaintiff leave to file a brief
in excess of the page limits.
3. Plaintiff shall file a new response to Defendant’s motion for summary
judgment that complies with all applicable rules and filing procedures
by not later than March 28, 2018.
Rule 5(f) provides in relevant part that “a response or reply to a motion must not
be combined with a counter-motion. Papers filed in violation of this rule will be
4. Defendant may file a reply in support of its motion for summary
judgment or may file a paper stating that it relies on its prior reply brief
by not later than April 11, 2018.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: March 7, 2018
s/Matthew F. Leitman
MATTHEW F. LEITMAN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was served upon the
parties and/or counsel of record on March 7, 2018, by electronic means and/or
s/Holly A. Monda
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