United States District Court, E.D. California
SECOND INFORMATIONAL ORDER NOTICE AND WARNING OF
REQUIREMENTS FOR OPPOSING DEFENDANTS' MOTION FOR SUMMARY
JUDGMENT (DOC. 103)
JENNIFER L. THURSTON UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE.
filed a motion for summary judgment on June 16, 2016. (Doc.
103) Pursuant to Woods v. Carey, Nos. 09-15548,
09-16113, 2012 WL 262 6912 (9th Cir. Jul. 6, 2012), Wyatt
v. Terhune, 315 F.3d 1108 (9th Cir. 2003), Rand v.
Rowland, 154 F.3d 952 (9th Cir. 1998), and Klingele
v. Eikenberry, 849 F.2d 409 (9th Cir. 1988), the Court
hereby notifies Plaintiff of the following rights and
requirements for opposing the motion:
1. Unless otherwise ordered, all motions for summary judgment
are briefed in accordance with Local Rule 230(l).
2. Plaintiff is required to file an opposition or a statement
of non-opposition to Defendants' motion for summary
judgment. Local Rule 230(l). If Plaintiff fails to file
an opposition or a statement of non-opposition to the motion,
this action may be dismissed, with prejudice, for failure to
prosecute. The opposition or statement of non-opposition
must be filed not more than 21 days after the date of service
of the motion. Id.
3. A motion for summary judgment is a request for judgment on
some or all of Plaintiff's claims in favor of Defendants
without trial. Fed.R.Civ.P. 56(a). Defendants' motion
sets forth the facts which they contend are not reasonably
subject to dispute and that entitle them to judgment as a
matter of law. Fed.R.Civ.P. 56(c). This is called the
Statement of Undisputed Facts. Local Rule 260(a).
has the right to oppose a motion for summary judgment. To
oppose the motion, Plaintiff must show proof of his claims.
Plaintiff may agree with the facts set forth in
Defendants' motion but argue that Defendants are not
entitled to judgment as a matter of law.
alternative, if Plaintiff does not agree with the facts set
forth in Defendants' motion, Plaintiff may show that
Defendants' 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 or the
opposition if (a) the complaint or opposition shows
that Plaintiff has personal knowledge of the matters stated
and (b) Plaintiff calls to the Court's attention those
parts of the complaint or opposition upon which Plaintiff
relies; (2) Plaintiff may serve and file declarations setting
forth the facts which Plaintiff believes prove his
claims; (3) Plaintiff may rely upon written
records but Plaintiff must prove that the records are what he
claims they are; or (4) Plaintiff may 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 Defendants' motion
with declarations or other evidence, Defendants' evidence
will be taken as truth, and final judgment may be entered
without a full trial. Fed.R.Civ.P. 56(e).
opposing Defendants' motion for summary judgment, Local
Rule 260(b) requires Plaintiff to reproduce Defendants'
itemized facts in the Statement of Undisputed Facts and admit
those facts which are undisputed and deny those which are
disputed. If Plaintiff disputes (denies) a fact, Plaintiff
must cite to the evidence used to support that denial (e.g.,
pleading, declaration, deposition, interrogatory answer,
admission, or other document). Local Rule 260(b).
discovery has not yet been opened or if discovery is still
open and Plaintiff is not yet able to present facts to
justify the opposition to the motion, the Court will consider
a request to postpone consideration of Defendants'
motion. Fed.R.Civ.P. 56(d). Any request to postpone
consideration of Defendants' motion for summary judgment
must include the following: (1) a declaration setting forth
the specific facts Plaintiff hopes to elicit from further
discovery, (2) a showing that the facts exist, and (3) a
showing that the facts are essential to opposing the motion
for summary judgment. Blough v. Holland Realty,
Inc., 574 F.3d 1084, 1091 n.5 (9th Cir. 2009); Tatum
v. City and County of San Francisco, 441 F.3d 1090,
1100-01 (9th Cir. 2006); State of California v.
Campbell, 138 F.3d 772, 779 (9th Cir. 1998). The request
to postpone the motion for summary judgment must identify
what information is sought and how it would preclude summary
judgment. Blough, 574 F.3d at 1091 n.5;
Tatum, 441 F.3d at 1100-01; Margolis v.
Ryan, 140 F.3d 850, 853 (9th Cir. 1998); Local Rule
court will strike unsigned declarations because if they are
not signed under penalty of perjury, they have no evidentiary
The failure of any party to comply with this order, the
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, or the Local Rules of the
Eastern District of California may result in the imposition
of sanctions including but not limited to dismissal of the
action or entry of default.