UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
June 1, 2009
CARLOTTA OGUNDIMO, PLAINTIFF,
STEADFAST PROPERTY & INFORMATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sandra M. Snyder United States Magistrate Judge
ORDER DEEMING PLAINTIFF'S PLEADING FOR RECONSIDERATION (Doc. 28) TO BE A STATEMENT AND NOT A MOTION ORDER TO PLAINTIFF
Plaintiff is proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis with an action for damages and other relief concerning alleged civil rights violations. The matter has been referred to the Magistrate Judge pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 636(b) and Local Rules 72-302 and 72-304.
I. Document No. 28
Pending before the Court is Plaintiff's pleading, filed on May 26, 2009 (Doc. 28), in which Plaintiff refers to an earlier order but in which Plaintiff does not apply for a court order. Plaintiff's document is not a motion, and thus the docketing of Plaintiff's paper as such was erroneous.
Instead, it appears that Plaintiff was making a statement concerning material that Plaintiff had attached to her complaint.
II. Informational Order to Plaintiff
Parties to this litigation shall take note of the following requirements, and Plaintiff is directed specifically to take note of paragraph six concerning evidence in the action:
In litigating this action, the parties must comply with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the Local Rules of the United States District Court, Eastern District of California ("Local Rules"). This order highlights specific rules of which the parties should take particular note. Failure to comply with the Local Rules, federal rules or a court order, including this order, will be grounds for dismissal, entry of default or other appropriate sanctions. See Local Rule 11-110; F.R.Civ.P. 41(b).
1. Documents intended to be filed with the Court must be presented or mailed to the Clerk of the Court. See Local Rule 5-134(a). All documents improperly mailed to a judge's chambers will be stricken from the record.*fn1 A document requesting a Court order must be styled as a motion. See F.R.Civ.P. 7.
2. Each document submitted for filing must include the original signature of the filing party or parties. Local Rule 7-131; F.R.Civ.P. 11(a). All documents submitted without the required signature(s) will be stricken. Each separate document must be separately stapled. See Local Rule 7-130. If a document is stapled behind another document, it will not be filed and will not be entered on this Court's docket.
3. All documents filed with the Court must be submitted with an additional legible conformed copy for the Court's use. See Local Rule 5-133(d)(2). A document submitted without an extra copy for the Court's use will be stricken. If the filing party wishes the Court to return a file-stamped copy, he or she must include an additional copy for that purpose (i.e., submit an original and two copies, one for the Court's use and one to be returned). The Court cannot provide copy or mailing service for a party , even for an indigent plaintiff proceeding in forma pauperis. Therefore, if the filing party wishes a file-stamped copy returned, the party must also provide an envelope with adequate postage pre-paid. Copies of documents from the Court file may be obtained at the cost of 50 cents per page.
4. After any defendants have appeared in an action by filing a pleading responsive to the complaint (i.e., an answer or a motion to dismiss), all documents filed with the Court must include a certificate of service stating that a copy of the document was served on the opposing party. See F.R.Civ.P. 5; Local Rule 5-135(c). A proof of service shall be under penalty of perjury and shall include the date, manner, and place of service. Id. A document submitted without the required proof of service will be stricken . Where a party is represented, service on the party's attorney of record constitutes effective service.
5. All filings must bear the file number assigned to the action, followed by the initials of the District Court Judge and the Magistrate Judge to whom the case is assigned. Where plaintiff simultaneously pursues more than one action, he or she must file separate original documents and the appropriate number of copies in each action to which the document pertains. Documents submitted listing more than one case number in the caption will be stricken.
6. The Court cannot serve as a repository for the parties' evidence. The parties may not file evidence with the Court until the course of litigation brings the evidence into question (for example, on a motion for summary judgment, at trial, or when requested by the Court). Evidence improperly submitted to the Court will be stricken.
7. The Eastern District of California converted to an electronic filing, service, and storage system effective January 3, 2005. Pro se litigants are exempt from the electronic filing requirement and must submit all documents to the Court in paper. Local Rule 5-133(b)(2). Paper documents submitted by pro se litigants for filing will be scanned into the electronic court file by the Clerk's Office. After being scanned into the electronic court file, the paper documents will be retained in the Clerk's Office for a limited period of time and then discarded. Local Rule 39-138(d). For this reason, pro se litigants are cautioned not to send original exhibits to the Court. When it is appropriate for pro se litigants to submit exhibits to the Court, the litigants shall retain their original exhibits and send photocopies to the Court.
8. All Court deadlines will be strictly enforced. Requests for time extensions must state the reason the extension is needed and must be filed with the Court before the deadline in question. See Local Rule 6-144.
9. A plaintiff proceeding in propria persona has an affirmative duty to keep the Court and opposing parties informed of his or her current address. If a plaintiff moves and fails to file a notice of change of address, service of Court orders at Plaintiff's prior address shall constitute effective notice. See Local Rule 83-182(f). If mail directed to Plaintiff is returned by the U.S. Postal Service as undeliverable, the Court will not attempt to remail it. If the address is not updated within 60 days of the mail being returned, the action will be dismissed for failure to prosecute . See Local Rule 83-183(b).
10. Due to the press of business, the Court cannot respond to individual requests for the status of cases. Any such requests will be denied. So long as the parties inform the Court of any address changes in compliance with Local Rule 83-183(b), the Court will notify the parties of any Court action taken in their case.
11. Defendants must reply to the complaint within the time provided by the applicable provisions of Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(a).
12. Unless otherwise ordered, all motions to dismiss, motions for summary judgment, motions concerning discovery, motions pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 7, 11, 12, 15, 41, 55, 56, 59, and 60, and motions pursuant to Local Rule 11-110 shall be briefed pursuant to Local Rule 78-230. Failure to oppose such a motion timely may be deemed a waiver of opposition to the motion.
13. At some point in the litigation, one or more defendants may move for summary judgment as to some or all of Plaintiff's claims. Pursuant to Klingele v. Eikenberry , 849 F.2d 409 (9th Cir. 1988), Plaintiff is advised of the following requirements for opposing a motion for summary judgment made by Defendant(s) pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 56. Such a motion is a request for an order for judgment on some or all of Plaintiff's claims in favor of Defendant(s) without trial. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(b). Defendant(s)' motion will set forth the facts which Defendants contend are not reasonably subject to dispute and that entitle Defendant(s) to judgment as a matter of law. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(c).
Plaintiff has the right to oppose a motion for summary judgment. To oppose the motion, Plaintiff must show proof of his or her claims. Plaintiff may agree with the facts set forth in Defendant(s)' motion but argue that Defendant(s) are not entitled to judgment as a matter of law. Plaintiff may show Defendant(s)' facts are disputed in one or more of the following ways: (1) Plaintiff may rely upon statements made under the penalty of perjury in the complaint if the complaint shows that Plaintiff has personal knowledge of the matters stated and if Plaintiff calls to the Court's attention those parts of the complaint upon which Plaintiff relies; (2) Plaintiff may also serve and file affidavits or declarations*fn2 setting forth the facts which Plaintiff believes prove Plaintiff's claims (the persons who sign the affidavit or declaration must have personal knowledge of the facts stated); (3) Plaintiff may also rely upon written records but Plaintiff must prove that the records are what Plaintiff claims they are;*fn3 (4) Plaintiff may also rely upon all or any part of the transcript of one or more depositions, answers to interrogatories, or admissions obtained in this proceeding. Should Plaintiff fail to contradict Defendant(s)' motion with affidavits, declarations, or other evidence, Defendant(s)' evidence will be taken as truth, and final judgment may be entered without a full trial. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(e).
If there is some good reason why such facts are not available to Plaintiff when required to oppose such a motion, the Court will consider a request to postpone considering Defendant(s)' motion. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(f). If Plaintiff does not serve and file a request to postpone consideration of Defendant(s)' motion or written opposition to the motion, the Court may consider Plaintiff's failure to act as a waiver of opposition to Defendant(s)' motion. Plaintiff's waiver of opposition to Defendant(s)' motion may result in the entry of summary judgment against Plaintiff.
14. A motion supported by affidavits or declarations that are unsigned will be stricken.
15. The failure of any party to comply with this order, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, or the Local Rules of Court, may result in the imposition of sanctions including, but not limited to, dismissal of the action or entry of default.
IT IS SO ORDERED.