Olausen v. Murguia et al
MINUTE ORDER IN CHAMBERS of the Honorable Magistrate Judge Valerie P. Cooke, on 11/2/2016, denying Plaintiff's ECF No. 173 Motion for More Definite Statement or to Strike. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - KR)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
JOHN S. OLAUSEN,
SGT. MURGUIA, et al.,
MINUTES OF THE COURT
November 2, 2016
THE HONORABLE VALERIE P. COOKE, U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE
REPORTER: NONE APPEARING
COUNSEL FOR PLAINTIFF(S): NONE APPEARING
COUNSEL FOR DEFENDANT(S): NONE APPEARING
MINUTE ORDER IN CHAMBERS:
Before the court is plaintiff’s motion for a more definite statement or to strike (ECF No.
173) as to defendants’ cross-motion for summary judgment (ECF Nos. 149, 150),1 and
defendants’ response (ECF No. 175).
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(e) provides, in pertinent part:
A party may move for a more definite statement of a pleading to
which a responsive pleading is allowed but which is so vague or
ambiguous that the party cannot reasonably prepare a response.
The motion must be made before filing a responsive pleading and
must point out the defects complained of and the details desired.
Not only is a motion for a more definite statement disfavored, see U.S. E.E.O.C. v. Alia
Corp., 842 F.Supp.2d 1243, 1250 (E.D. Cal. 2012); C.B. v. Sonora School Dist., 691 F.Supp.2d
1170, 1191 (E.D. Cal. 2010), it does not appear that a motion for more definite statement may be
directed toward another motion. Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(e). Moreover, a pleading that is the subject
of the motion must be unintelligible and not just lacking in some detail. See Neveu v. City of
Fresno, 392 F.Supp.2d 1159, 1169 (E.D. Cal. 2005); Gregory Village Partners, L.P. v. Chevron,
USA, Inc., 805 F.Supp.2d 888, 896 (N.D. Cal. 2011) (“A motion for more definite statement
attacks intelligibility, not simply lack of detail.”). “Where the [pleading] is specific enough to
ECF Nos. 149 and 150 are identical documents, and they will be referred to collectively as ECF No. 149.
[apprise] the responding party of the substance of the claim [or defense] being asserted or where
the detail sought is otherwise obtainable through discovery, a motion for a more definite
statement should be denied.” See U.S. E.E.O.C. v. Alia Corp., 842 F.Supp.2d at 1250 (citation
Plaintiff complains that defendants’ motion is a combined motion and responsive brief,
which is not allowable without leave of court. Defendants are correct that (1) plaintiff’s motion
is procedurally improper, (2) plaintiff’s claim that defendants’ motion is so vague or ambiguous
is unsupported, and (3) there is no prohibition to combine a motion with an opposition.
Accordingly, plaintiff’s motion for a more definite statement or to strike (ECF No. 173)
IT IS SO ORDERED.
LANCE S. WILSON, CLERK
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