Franklin v. Ackerman et al

Filing 16

PRETRIAL SCHEDULING ORDER by Hon. Brian A Tsuchida. Discovery completed by 9/1/2021, Dispositive motions due by 10/1/2021. **5 PAGE(S), PRINT ALL**(Joshua Franklin, Prisoner ID: 424795)(TF)

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1 2 3 4 5 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 6 7 8 JOSHUA G. FRANKLIN SR., 10 11 12 13 14 CASE NO. 3:21-cv-05071-RSM-BAT Plaintiff, 9 PRETRIAL SCHEDULING ORDER v. JOHN ACKERMAN, et al., Defendant. Some Defendant have filed an Answer to plaintiff Joshua G. Franklin, Sr.’s pro se Complaint. The Court therefore ORDERS: 15 DISCOVERY 16 Discovery is the process by which one party asks another party to provide relevant 17 information about the case. A party should not file discovery requests or discovery materials 18 with the court unless the party is moving to compel, seeking a protective order, or is otherwise 19 supporting a motion. A party seeking discovery must serve a discovery request on the other 20 party. There are several ways to ask for discovery including: depositions in which one party asks 21 another person questions about the lawsuit; interrogatories in which written questions are served 22 on another party; and requests for production in which a written request to provide documents 23 PRETRIAL SCHEDULING ORDER - 1 1 relevant to the lawsuit is served on another party. See Rules 30, 33 and 34 of the Federal Rules 2 of Civil Procedure. 3 All discovery in this case must be completed by September 1, 2021. This includes 4 serving responses to interrogatory questions and requests for production, and the completion of 5 all depositions. Responses to interrogatory questions and requests for production must be served 6 not later than 30 days after service of the discovery requests. The serving party, therefore, must 7 serve his/her discovery requests by July 30, 2021 so that the responding party can answer by the 8 discovery cut-off. See Rules 33(b) and 34(b)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. 9 10 DISCOVERY DISPUTES From time to time disputes over whether discovery has been properly provided arise. If a 11 discovery dispute arises, a party must fulfill the Court’s meet and confer requirements before 12 filing a motion to compel discovery. See Local Rule 37. The local rule requires the party seeking 13 discovery to make a good faith effort to confer with the opposing party either through a face-to- 14 face meeting or a telephone conference. Any motion to compel discovery must include a written 15 certification that the moving party has in good faith effort either met and conferred or attempted 16 to meet and confer. A motion to compel that lacks such a certification will be summarily denied. 17 MOTIONS 18 A motion is a formal request that asks the Court to take certain action. All argument in 19 support of the motion must be set forth in the motion itself and not in a separate document. See 20 Local Rule CR 7(b)(1). Each motion, together with a proposed order, must be served on the 21 opposing party so that the opposing party has an opportunity to respond. In addition, each 22 motion must state in its caption, right below the motion’s title, a noting date. The noting 23 date is the date the Court will review your motion. PRETRIAL SCHEDULING ORDER - 2 1 • Note the following motions for the day they are filed: (1) stipulated or agreed motions; (2) motions to file over-length motions or briefs; (3) motions for reconsideration; (4) joint submissions pursuant to the optional procedure established in CR 37(a)(1)(B); (5) motions for default and default judgment; and (6) ex parte motions. • Note all other non-dispositive motions for the third Friday after filing and service of the motion. • 7 Note all dispositive motions (dismissal and summary judgment) and motions for preliminary injunction for the fourth Friday after filing and service of the motion. See Local Rule CR 7(d) for complete rules on noting dates. 8 Any dispositive motion shall be filed and served on or before October 1, 2021. If a 2 3 4 5 6 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 motion for summary judgment is filed, it is important for the opposing party to note the following: A motion for summary judgment under Rule 56 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure will, if granted, end your case. Rule 56 tells you what you must do in order to oppose a motion for summary judgment. Generally, summary judgment must be granted when there is no genuine issue of material fact – that is, if there is no real dispute about any fact that would affect the result of your case, the party who asked for summary judgment is entitled to judgment as a matter of law, which will end your case. When a party you are suing makes a motion for summary judgment that is properly supported by declarations (or other sworn testimony), you cannot simply rely on what your complaint says. Instead, you must set out specific facts in declarations, depositions, answers to interrogatories, or authenticated documents, as provided in Rule 56(e), that contradict the facts shown in the defendant’s declarations and documents and show that there is a genuine issue of material fact for trial. If you do not submit your own evidence in opposition, summary judgment, if appropriate, may be entered against you. If summary judgment is granted, your case will be dismissed and there will be no trial. Rand v. Rowland, 154 F.3d 952, 962-63 (9th Cir. 1998) (emphasis added). Defendants MUST serve Rand and Wyatt notices concurrently with motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment so that pro se prisoner plaintiffs will have fair, timely and PRETRIAL SCHEDULING ORDER - 3 1 adequate notice of what is required of them in order to oppose those motions. Woods v. Carey, 2 684 F3.d 934, 942 (9th Cir. 2012). The Ninth Circuit’s model language for such notices is noted 3 above. Defendants who do not file and serve, in a separate document, the required Rand and 4 Wyatt notices may face (a) immediate striking of their motions with leave to refile and 5 (b) possible monetary sanctions. JOINT PRETRIAL STATEMENT 6 7 8 A Joint Pretrial Statement deadline will be established at a later date, pending the outcome of any motions for dismissal or summary judgment. PROOF OF SERVICE AND SANCTIONS 9 10 All motions, pretrial statements, and other filings must be accompanied by proof that 11 such documents were served upon the opposing party’s lawyer or upon any party acting pro se. 12 The proof must show the day and manner of service and may be by written acknowledgment of 13 service, by certificate of a member of the bar of this court, by affidavit of the person who served 14 the papers, or by any other proof satisfactory to the court. 15 All attorneys admitted to practice before this Court must file documents electronically via 16 the Court’s CM/ECF system. Counsel are directed to the Court’s website, 17, for a detailed description of the requirements for filing via CM/ECF. 18 Plaintiff shall file all documents electronically using the above e-filing procedures because 19 he is in the custody of the Washington State Department of Corrections. All filings must 20 indicate in the upper right-hand corner the name of the magistrate judge to whom the document 21 is directed. 22 23 PRETRIAL SCHEDULING ORDER - 4 1 Any document filed with the Court must be accompanied by proof that it has been served 2 upon all parties that have entered a notice of appearance in the underlying matter. Plaintiffs shall 3 indicate the date the document is submitted for e-filing as the date of service. 4 Pleadings that are not filed in conformity with the E-Filing procedures will be summarily 5 stricken. The Clerk shall provide copies of all pleadings to Plaintiff using the E-Service 6 procedures. 7 Failure to comply with the provisions of this Order can result in dismissal of the case or 8 other appropriate sanctions. The Clerk of Court is directed to send a copy of this Order to 9 plaintiff and to counsel for defendant. 10 DATED this 3rd day of June, 2021. 11 A 12 BRIAN A. TSUCHIDA United States Magistrate Judge 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 PRETRIAL SCHEDULING ORDER - 5

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