Bank of New York Mellon v. SFR Investments Pool 1, LLC et al
ORDER that 33 Copperhead's Motion to Dismiss or in the Alternative, Motion for Summary Judgment based on Statute of Limitations, is STRICKEN from the docket, without prejudice. FURTHER ORDERED that Copperhead has leave to re-file the motions separately in accordance with this order. Signed by Judge James C. Mahan on 8/18/17. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - MMM)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON,
Case No. 2:17-CV-256 JCM (NJK)
SFR INVESTMENTS POOL 1, LLC, et al.,
Presently before the court is the matter of Bank of New York Mellon v. SFR Investments
Pool 1, LLC et al., case number 2:17-cv-00256-JCM-NJK. On August 14, 2017, third-party
plaintiff Copperhead Ranch Street and Landscape Maintenance Corp. filed a “motion to dismiss
or in the alternative motion for summary judgment based on statute of limitations.” (ECF No. 33).
However, pursuant to Local Rule IC 2-2(b), a separate document must be filed on the docket for
“each type of relief requested or purpose of the document.” Therefore, the court cannot consider
Copperhead’s motions for dismissal, on one hand, and summary judgment, on the other, unless
they are as filed separate motions on the docket.
This rule is not an exercise of pure formality. This case illustrates exactly why. A court
must apply entirely different standards to its consideration of motions to dismiss and motion for
summary judgment. For instance, this court’s consideration of a motion to dismiss under Federal
Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) typically requires that the court looks no further than the face of
the pleadings (e.g. the complaint itself) and cannot consider evidence or matters outside of the
pleadings or “the motion must be treated as one for summary judgment.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(d).
James C. Mahan
U.S. District Judge
In contrast, this court’s consideration of a motion for summary judgment under Federal
Rule of Civil Procedure 56 allows the court to consider materials outside of the pleadings, see id.;
Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(c), typically requires the non-moving party to respond to the factual allegations
by referring to or attaching evidence of its own, T.W. Elec. Serv., Inc. v. Pacific Elec. Contractors
Ass’n, 809 F.2d 626, 630 (9th Cir. 1987); Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(e), and requires the court to look at
the evidence and determine whether there is anything for a jury to decide.
These different standards place a very different burden on both the court and the nonmoving party in responding to and resolving the motions. This difficulty is compounded when the
arguments are intertwined and merged together, as they appear to be throughout Copperhead’s
present motion. (See ECF No. 33). At multiple points in the motion, Copperhead cites evidence
outside of the pleadings, but also asks this court to dismiss the complaint under Federal Rule of
Civil Procedure 12(b)(6). Local Rule 2-2(b) is designed to thwart such conflation of issues.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Copperhead’s “motion to dismiss or in the alternative
motion for summary judgment based on statute of limitations,” (ECF No. 33), is STRICKEN from
the docket, without prejudice.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Copperhead has leave to re-file the motions separately
in accordance with this order.
DATED August 18, 2017.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
James C. Mahan
U.S. District Judge
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