ORDER PROVIDING PLAINTIFF OPTION TO
(1) STAND ON EXISTING OPPOSITION TO MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT OR
(2) FILE AMENDED OPPOSITION PER AMENDED SECOND INFORMATIONAL
Docs. 162, 171
TWENTY-ONE DAY DEADLINE
I. Procedural History, Woods v. Carey, and Contemporaneous Notice
Plaintiff Antonio Cortez Buckley ("Plaintiff") is a state prisoner proceeding pro se in this civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and 42 U.S.C. § 2000cc-1 (the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act ("RLUIPA")). On May 22, 2007, the Court issued a second informational order, advising Plaintiff that Defendants may file a motion for summary judgment and how Plaintiff must oppose the motion in order to avoid dismissal, pursuant to Rand v. Rowland, 154 F.3d 952 (9th Cir. 1998). Doc. 50. On September 13, 2010, Defendants filed a motion for summary judgment. Doc. 126. On January 25, 2012, the District Judge adopted the Findings and Recommendations and ordered Defendants to re-brief on one issue. Doc. 153. On May 10, 2012, Defendants filed a supplemental motion for summary judgment. Doc. 162. On August 3, 2012, Plaintiff filed an opposition to the supplemental motion for summary judgment. Doc. 172.
On July 6, 2012, the Ninth Circuit found that the notice and warning of requirements for opposing a defendant's motion for summary judgment should be issued contemporaneously when a defendant files a motion for summary judgment, as opposed to a year or more in advance. Woods v. Carey, --- F.3d ---, 2012 WL 2626912, at * 4 (9th Cir. Jul. 6, 2012). In order to address the time delay between providing notice and the filing of Defendants' motion, the Court issued an amended second informational order to Plaintiff, in accordance with Woods.
II. Plaintiff has Option to (1) Stand on Existing Opposition to Motion for Summary Judgment or (2) File Amended Opposition Per Amended Second Informational Order In light of the separately-issued amended second informational order and notice pursuant to Woods, the Court will provide Plaintiff with two options upon receipt of the notice and this order. Plaintiff may either (1) stand on his previously-filed opposition or (2) withdraw the existing opposition and file an amended opposition.
Accordingly, it is HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Within twenty-one (21) days from the date of service of this order, Plaintiff may elect to:
a. Stand on his existing opposition already submitted to the Court; or
b. Withdraw his opposition and file an amended opposition;
2. If Plaintiff does not elect to file an amended opposition in response to this order within twenty-one (21) days, the Court will consider his existing opposition in resolving Defendants' motion for summary judgment;
3. If Plaintiff elects to file an amended opposition, the Court will not consider Defendants' existing reply; and
4. Defendants may file an amended reply pursuant to Local Rule 230(l).