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William Soto v. Dr. Zhou

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


September 27, 2012

WILLIAM SOTO, PLAINTIFF,
v.
DR. ZHOU, DEFENDANT.

ORDER

Plaintiff is a state prisoner proceeding without counsel in an action brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. On June 26, 2012, the undersigned issued findings and recommendations recommending that defendant's motion for summary judgment be granted. Dckt. No. 78. On September 26, 2012, the assigned district judge declined to adopt those findings and recommendations and referred the case to the undersigned for further proceedings in light of Woods v. Carey, 684 F.3d 934, 940-41 (9th Cir. 2012). Dckt. No. 79.

To ensure that plaintiff has "fair, timely and adequate notice" of what is required of him to oppose defendant's summary judgment motion, the court will deny the motion without prejudice to its re-filing, and to concurrently serving plaintiff with notice of the requirements for opposing a motion for summary judgment. See Woods, 684 F.3d at 935, 940 ("The only satisfactory practice to ensure that prisoners receive adequate notice pursuant to Rand . . . is to provide such notice at the time that the relevant motions are filed." (emphasis added)); Rand v. Rowland, 154 F.3d 952, 960 (1998) (en banc) (requiring that the notice state that the court has required that it be given and that it be set forth in a separate document that is served with the moving papers).

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. Defendant's motion for summary judgment (Dckt. No. 75) is denied without prejudice.

2. Within seven days of the date of this order, defendants may re-file and re-serve the November 4, 2011 motion for summary judgment. Defendant must contemporaneously serve with the motion, but in a separate document, a copy of the attached "Rand Notice,"which provides plaintiff with notice of the requirements for opposing a motion for summary judgment. Failure to do so may constitute grounds for denial of the motion.

3. If defendant re-serves the motion, plaintiff may thereafter file and serve an amended opposition within twenty-one days. If plaintiff fails to file an amended opposition, the court will consider his existing opposition in resolving defendant's motion.

4. If plaintiff files an amended opposition, defendants may thereafter file an amended reply within seven days.

Rand Notice to Plaintiff

This notice is provided to ensure that you, a pro se prisoner plaintiff, "have fair, timely and adequate notice of what is required" to oppose a motion for summary judgment. See Woods v. Carey, 684 F.3d 934 (9th Cir. 2012); Rand v. Rowland, 154 F.3d 952, 957 (9th Cir. 1998). The court requires that you be provided with this notice regarding the requirements for opposing a motion for summary judgment under Rule 56 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

When a defendant moves for summary judgment, the defendant is requesting that the court grant judgment in defendant's favor without a trial. If there is no real dispute about any fact that would affect the result of your case, the defendant who asked for summary judgment is entitled to judgment as a matter of law, which will end your case against that defendant. A motion for summary judgment will set forth the facts that the defendant asserts are not reasonably subject to dispute and that entitle the defendant to judgment.

To oppose a motion for summary judgment, you must show proof of your claims. To do this, you may refer to specific statements made in your complaint if you signed your complaint under penalty of perjury and if your complaint shows that you have personal knowledge of the matters stated. You may also submit declarations setting forth the facts that you believe prove your claims, as long as the person who signs the declaration has personal knowledge of the facts stated. You may also submit all or part of deposition transcripts, answers to interrogatories, admissions, and other authenticated documents. For each of the facts listed in the defendant's Statement of Undisputed Facts, you must admit the facts that are undisputed, and deny the facts that are disputed. If you deny a fact, you must cite to the proof that you rely on to support your denial. See L.R. 260(b). If you fail to contradict the defendant's evidence with your own evidence, the court may accept the defendant's evidence as the truth and grant the motion.

The court will consider a request to postpone consideration of the defendant's motion if you submit a declaration showing that for a specific reason you cannot present such facts in your opposition. If you do not respond to the motion, the court may consider your failure to act as a waiver of your opposition. See L.R. 230(l).

If the court grants the defendant's motion, whether opposed or unopposed, judgment will be entered for that defendant without a trial and the case will be closed as to that defendant.

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