Windsor v. Boushie
ORDER granting 22 Motion for Extension of Time to File; denying 23 Motion for extensions of time. Signed by Magistrate Judge Jeremiah C. Lynch on 4/3/2014. (TCL, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF MONTANA
WILLIAM M. WINDSOR,
SEAN M. BOUSHIE, UNIVERSITY OF
MONTANA, and JOHN DOES 1-100,
Plaintiff William Windsor moves for an extension of time within which to
respond to: (1) Defendant University of Montana’s Motion to Dismiss and its
Request for Judicial Notice, each of which were filed on March 12, 2014, and (2)
the Court’s Order entered March 19, 2014. Windsor asserts he experienced
technical difficulties with respect to his receipt of those documents.
The Court finds Windsor has established good cause under Fed. R. Civ. P.
6(b) in support of these motions for extensions of time. Therefore, IT IS
HEREBY ORDERED Windsor’s referenced motions for extension of time are
GRANTED. Windsor shall file his briefs in response to the University of
Montana’s Motion to Dismiss and its Request for Judicial Notice on or before
April 22, 2014. Also, Windsor shall file a brief in compliance with the terms of
the Court’s March 19, 2014 Order on or before April 22, 2014.
Windsor presents additional requests in a separate motion. He moves for
leave to file an amended complaint, and for an extension of time within which “to
respond to anything filed by [the] UNIVERSITY until the specified number of
days allowed after service by mail is made.” (Doc. 23 at 2.) For the reasons
discussed, these motions are denied.
Although Windsor is proceeding pro se in this action, “pro se litigants are
bound by the rules of procedure.” Ghazali v. Moran, 46 F.3d 52, 54 (9th Cir.
1995). They must follow the same applicable rules “that govern other litigants.”
King v. Atiyeh, 814 F.2d 565, 567 (9th Cir. 1987).
The Local Rules of Procedure applicable in the United States District Court
for the District of Montana impose various requirements upon, inter alia, the
practice of filing motions with the Court. In particular, the Local Rules provide as
(c) Prerequisites to Filing a Motion.
(1) The text of the motion must state that other parties have been
contacted and state whether any party objects to the motion. [...]
(4) Failure to comply with this Rule may result in summary denial of
the motion. Denial must be without prejudice on the first occasion
and the filer must be given an opportunity to refile the motion.
L.R. 7.1(c)(1) & (4).
Windsor’s motion requesting leave to file an amended pleading does not
comply with L.R. 7.1(c)(1). Windsor did not state in his motion whether he
contacted Defendants, and whether they oppose it. Therefore, IT IS HEREBY
ORDERED that Windsor’s motion requesting leave to file an amended complaint
is DENIED without prejudice pursuant to L.R. 7.1(c)(4).
Finally, Windsor requests an extension of time to respond to anything the
University of Montana files. Specifically, but without reference to any specific
matter filed by the University, Windsor requests the Court conclude that the time
within which he is permitted to file a response shall commence as of the time
“service by mail is made.” For the reasons discussed, Windsor’s motion is denied
for three reasons.
First, Windsor’s motion fails to comply with L.R. 7.1(c)(1).
Second, Windsor’s motion is premature. He does not identify any specific
filing by the University of Montana for which he requests an extension of time to
respond. He is not permitted to request an advance ruling granting him a blanket
extension of time with respect to any matter the University of Montana files in the future.
Finally, Windsor’s motion is contrary to the provisions of the Local Rules,
and Windsor has failed to demonstrate that a modification of those rules is
warranted in this case. Local Rule 7.1(d) establishes when the period of time for
filing a brief in response to a motion commences. Specifically, the Rule states that
a brief in response to a motion must be filed within a specified number of days
“after the motion was filed.” L.R. 7.1(d)(1)(B) (emphasis added). Thus, the time
period commences when a motion is filed, not when service by mail is made. The
Rule universally applies to all litigants, and Windsor has not presented any valid
ground for modifying the rule as it applies to him.
Based on the forgoing, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Windsor’s motion
requesting an extension of time to respond to anything the University of Montana
files is DENIED.
DATED this 3rd day of April, 2014.
Jeremiah C. Lynch
United States Magistrate Judge
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