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Van Le v. Arizona Department of Corrections

United States District Court, Ninth Circuit

June 14, 2013

Hai Van Le, Plaintiff,
v.
Arizona Department of Corrections, et al., Defendants.

ORDER

ROBERT C. BROOMFIELD, Senior District Judge.

On May 26, 2013, Defendants filed a second Motion for Summary Judgment pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56. (Doc. 72.) On June 11, 2013, they filed a motion for the Court to provide a notice pursuant to Rand v. Rowland, 154 F.3d 952, 960 (9th Cir. 1998). (Doc. 74.) On June 12, 2013, Plaintiff filed his response and cross-motion. (Docs. 75, 76.) The Court will provide the Rand notice and give Plaintiff 15 days from the date of this Order to file a supplemental response to Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment, if he chooses to do so.

The Court is responsible for making a pro se prisoner "aware of the requirements and consequences" of a motion for summary judgment. Rand, 154 F.3d at 960. In particular, a prisoner must be "informed of his or her right to file counter-affidavits or other responsive evidentiary materials and be alerted to the fact that failure to do so might result in the entry of... judgment against the prisoner.'" Wyatt v. Terhune, 315 F.3d 1108, 1114 n.6 (9th Cir. 2003). A prisoner should be notified that if he "fails to controvert the moving party with opposing counter-affidavits or other evidence, the moving party's evidence might be taken as the truth, and final judgment may be entered against the prisoner." Id.

NOTICE-WARNING TO PLAINTIFF THIS NOTICE IS REQUIRED TO BE GIVEN TO YOU BY THE COURT

The Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment seeks to have your case dismissed. A motion for summary judgment under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56 will, if granted, end your case.

Rule 56 tells you what you must do in order to oppose a motion for summary judgment. Generally, summary judgment must be granted when there is no genuine issue of material fact-that is, if there is no real dispute about any fact that would affect the result of your case, the party who asked for summary judgment is entitled to judgment as a matter of law, which will end your case. When a party you are suing makes a motion for summary judgment that is properly supported by declarations (or other sworn testimony), you cannot simply rely on what your complaint says. Instead, you must set out specific facts in declarations, depositions, answers to interrogatories, or authenticated documents, as provided in Rule 56(e), that contradict the facts shown in the Defendants' declarations and documents and show that there is a genuine issue of material fact for trial. If you do not submit your own evidence in opposition, summary judgment, if appropriate, may be entered against you. If summary judgment is granted, your case will be dismissed and there will be no trial.

Local Rule of Civil Procedure 56.1(b) also requires that you include with your response to the Motion for Summary Judgment a separate statement of facts in opposition to the Motion for Summary Judgment. Your separate statement of facts must include numbered paragraphs corresponding to the Defendants' ("moving party's") separate statement of facts:

(b) Any party opposing a motion for summary judgment shall file a statement, separate from that party's memorandum of law, setting forth: (1) for each paragraph of the moving party's separate statement of facts, a correspondingly numbered paragraph indicating whether the party disputes the statement of fact set forth in that paragraph and a reference to the specific admissible portion of the record supporting the party's position [for example, affidavit, deposition, discovery response, etc.] if the fact is disputed; and (2) any additional facts that establish a genuine issue of material fact or otherwise preclude judgment in favor of the moving party. Each additional fact shall be set forth in a separately numbered paragraph and shall refer to a specific admissible portion of the record where the fact finds support. Each numbered paragraph of the statement of facts set forth in the moving party's separate statement of facts shall, unless otherwise ordered, be deemed admitted for purposes of the motion for summary judgment if not specifically controverted by a correspondingly numbered paragraph in the opposing party's separate statement of facts.

LRCiv 56.1(b). You must also cite to the specific paragraph in your statement of facts that supports any factual claims you make in your memorandum of law:

(e) Memoranda of law filed in support of or in opposition to a motion for summary judgment, including reply memoranda, shall include citations to the specific paragraph in the statement of facts that supports factual assertions made in the memoranda.

LR.Civ 56.1(e).

Additionally, you must comply with the following provisions of Rule 7.2 of the Local Rules of Civil Procedure:

(e) Length of Motions and Memoranda. Unless otherwise permitted by the Court, a motion including its supporting memorandum, and the response including its supporting memorandum, each shall not exceed seventeen (17) pages, exclusive of attachments and any required statement of facts. Unless otherwise permitted by the Court, a reply including ...

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