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Rhodes v. City of King County

United States District Court, W.D. Washington, Seattle

July 24, 2017

DARYL RHODES, Plaintiff,
v.
CITY OF KING COUNTY, et al., Defendants.

          PRETRIAL SCHEDULING ORDER

          JAMES P. DONOHUE, Chief United States Magistrate Judge

         This is a 42 U.S.C. § 1983 prisoner civil rights action. Defendants have filed an answer to plaintiff's complaint. Plaintiff filed a motion requesting additional time to prepare for trial. Dkt. 17. Based on the foregoing, the Court finds and ORDERS:

         (1) In requesting additional time to prepare for trial, it appears that plaintiff may have misunderstood the service order, which granted defendants 60 days in which to respond to the complaint if they filed a waiver of service. See Dkt. 17. Because the Court had not yet set a pretrial schedule at the time plaintiff filed his motion, and does so in this Order, plaintiff's motion for extension of time, Dkt. 17, is DENIED as moot.

         (2) Discovery

         All discovery shall be completed by November 17, 2017. Service of responses to interrogatories and to requests to produce, and the taking of depositions, shall be completed by this date. Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 33(a) requires answers or objections to be served within thirty (30) days after service of the interrogatories. The serving party, therefore, must serve his/her interrogatories at least thirty (30) days before the deadline in order to allow the other party time to answer.

         (3) Dispositive Motions

         Any dispositive motion shall be filed and served on or before December 18, 2017. Pursuant to LCR 7(b), any argument being offered in support of a motion shall be submitted as a part of the motion itself and not in a separate document. The motion shall include in its caption (immediately below the title of the motion) a designation of the date the motion is to be noted for consideration upon the Court's motion calendar. Dispositive motions shall be noted for consideration on a date no earlier than the fourth Friday following filing and service of the motion. LCR 7(d)(3).

         All briefs and affidavits in opposition to any motion shall be filed and served pursuant to the requirements of Rule 7 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and LCR 7. The party making a motion may file and serve a reply to the opposing party's briefs and affidavits. Any reply brief shall also be filed and served pursuant to the requirements of Rule 7 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and LCR 7.

         Defendants are reminded that they MUST serve Rand and Wyatt notices, in a separate document, concurrently with motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment so that pro se prisoner plaintiffs will have fair, timely and adequate notice of what is required of them in order to oppose those motions. Woods v. Carey, 684 F.3d 934, 941 (9th Cir. 2012). The Ninth Circuit has set forth model language for such notices:

A motion for summary judgment under Rule 56 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 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 defendant's 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.

Rand v. Rowland, 154 F.3d 952, 963 (9th Cir. 1998) (emphasis added); see Wyatt v. Terhune, 315 F.3d 1108, 1120 n.14 (9th Cir. 2003) (extending the fair notice requirement to motions to dismiss for failure to exhaust administrative remedies). Defendants who fail to file and serve the required Rand and Wyatt notices on the plaintiff may have their motion stricken from the Court's calendar with leave to re-file.

         (4) Joint Pretrial Statement The parties are advised that a due date for filing a Joint Pretrial Statement may be established at a later date pending the outcome of any dispositive motions.

         (5) Proof of Service and Sanctions All motions, pretrial statements and other filings shall be accompanied by proof that such documents have been served upon counsel for the opposing party or upon any party acting prose. The proof of service shall show the day and manner of service and may be by written acknowledgment of service, by certificate of a member of the bar of this Court, by affidavit of the person who served the papers, or by any other proof satisfactory to the Court. ...


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