The opinion of the court was delivered by: Anthony W. Ishii Chief United States District Judge
DEFENDANTS' EX PARTE APPLICATION FOR COURT TO SET TIME BY WHICH THEY MUST FILE SUR-REPLY PAPERS IN SUPPORT OF FEDERAL BUREAU OF SUMMARY JUDGMENT; ORDER INVESTIGATION, DRUG ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION, [Local Rule 6-144(c)]
Pursuant to Local Rule 6-144 , defendants Federal Bureau of Investigation, Drug Enforcement Administration, United States Marshals Service and Department of Justice ("defendants") request by way of this ex parte application for the court to set a date by which they must file sur-reply papers in support of their motion fur summary judgment. Defendants request that this deadline by set at thirty days from the filing of these ex parte papers, and base this application on good cause. Defendants explain as follows:
1. Plaintiff Michael Schulze brings FOIA and Privacy Act claims against defendants while incarcerated within the Bureau of Prisons system. (Declaration of Brian W. Enos ("Enos Decl."), para. 2).
2. By way of brief background, defendants filed their summary judgment papers regarding all of plaintiff's claims on July 13, 2007. (Enos Decl., para. 4). As revealed in the court's June 13, 2008 order, it has provided plaintiff extensions of time by which to oppose defendant's motion on at least five separate occasions*fn1 , and in fact specifically ordered that "Plaintiff's opposition to Defendant's motion for summary judgment SHALL BE FILED by July 1, 2008." (Ibid.). This same order required defendants to file their reply papers by July 14, 2008. (Ibid.).
3. Plaintiff failed to file any opposition papers to defendants' summary judgment motion by his July 1, 2008 deadline. (Enos Decl., para. 5). As a result, defendants filed a reply brief on July 7, 2008 (and seven days prior to their deadline by which to file the same as indicated in the Court's June 13, 2008 order, assuming plaintiff's opposition papers were timely filed) advising the court that no opposition papers had been filed by the July 1, 2008 deadline. (Ibid.)
4. On July 8, 2008, plaintiff filed his opposition to defendants' summary judgment motion, which comprises 76 separate pages of material. (Enos Decl., para. 6). On July 13, 2008, defendants' counsel attempted to contact counsel for each of the three separate agencies plaintiff sues in this case regarding plaintiff's opposition papers. (Ibid.). Thus far, he has only spoken to one of them. (Ibid.).
5. Defendants request thirty days from the filing of these ex parte papers by which to file sur-reply papers in support of their summary judgment motion. (Enos Decl., para. 7). In light of (1) plaintiff's untimely opposition papers, which were ultimately filed a full 361 days after the filing of defendants' summary judgment motion and after the court's above-stated deadlines, (2) the volume of issues addressed within plaintiff's opposition papers, (3) defense counsel's need to coordinate the preparation of sur-reply papers among three separate agencies, (4) the existence of a variety of other hard deadlines to which defendant's counsel is in the midst of adhering (including those regarding other cases in this court) and (5) defense counsel's scheduled out-of-town leave with his family the week of August 4, 2008, defendants base this application on good cause. (Ibid.).
6. A timely stipulation extending time cannot be reasonably obtained, in that plaintiff, acting pro se, is presently incarcerated at a USP facility in South Carolina. (Enos Decl., para. 8).
7. In light of the foregoing, defendants request the court to set the parties' deadline by which to file their sur-reply papers at thirty days from the filing of these ex parte papers. (Enos Decl., para. 9).