IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
July 30, 2012
RICKY L. BROWN, PLAINTIFF,
IGI C/O WHEELER, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
Plaintiff is a state prisoner proceeding pro se with a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. On March 30, 2012, defendants filed a motion for summary judgment in this action pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56. After receiving an extension of time to do so, on May 29, 2012, plaintiff filed an opposition to the motion. On June 4, 2012, defendants filed a reply brief.
On July 25, 2012, defendants filed a motion for supplemental briefing. Defendants' motion is predicated on the recent decision in Woods v. Carey, F.3d , 2012 WL 2626912 (9th Cir. July 6, 2012), which holds that notice of requirements necessary to oppose a motion for summary judgment must be provided to pro se prisoner plaintiff at the time such motions are filed. Defendants have provided with the instant motion the notice attached as Appendix A to Rand v. Rowland, 154 F.3d 952 (9th Cir. 1988) (en banc).
Good cause appearing, defendants' motion will be granted. In addition
to the notice provided by defendants with their motion, pursuant to
Woods v. Carey, supra, Rand v. Rowland, supra, and Klingele v.
Eikenberry, 849 F.2d 409 (9th Cir. 1988), the court hereby once again
informs plaintiff of the following requirements for opposing a motion
for summary judgment pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 56.*fn1
Such a motion is a request for an order for judgment in favor
of the defendant without trial. A defendant's motion for summary
judgment will set forth the facts that the defendant contends are not
reasonably subject to dispute and that entitle the defendant to
judgment. To oppose a motion for summary judgment, plaintiff must show
proof of his or her claims. Plaintiff may do this in one or more of
the following ways. Plaintiff may rely on plaintiff's statements made
under penalty of perjury in the complaint if the complaint shows that
plaintiff has personal knowledge of the matters stated and plaintiff
specifies those parts of the complaint on which plaintiff relies.
Plaintiff may serve and file one or more affidavits or declarations
setting forth the facts that plaintiff believes prove plaintiff's
claims; the person who signs an affidavit or declaration must have
personal knowledge of the facts stated. Plaintiff may rely on written
records, but plaintiff must prove that the records are what plaintiff
asserts they are. Plaintiff may rely on all or any part of the
transcript of one or more depositions, answers to interrogatories, or
admissions obtained in this proceeding. If plaintiff fails to
contradict the defendant's evidence with counteraffidavits or other
admissible evidence, the court may accept defendant's evidence as true
and grant the motion. If there is some good reason why such facts are
not available to plaintiff when required to oppose a motion for
summary judgment, the court will consider a request to postpone
consideration of the defendant's motion. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(d). If
plaintiff does not serve and file a written opposition to the motion,
or a request to postpone consideration of the motion, the court may
consider the failure to act as a waiver of opposition to the
defendant's motion. SeeL.R. 230(l). If the court grants the motion
for summary judgment, whether opposed or unopposed, judgment will be
entered for the defendant without a trial and the case will be closed
as to that defendant.
In accordance with the above, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Defendants' July 25, 2012 motion for supplemental briefing (Docket No. 50) is granted;
2. Within thirty days from the date of this order, plaintiff may file a supplemental opposition to defendants' March 30, 2012 motion for summary judgment; and
3. Defendants are granted fifteen days from the date of service of any supplemental opposition to file a supplemental reply brief.