The opinion of the court was delivered by: Sean F. Cox United States District Judge
HONORABLE SEAN F. COX United States District Judge
ORDER STRIKING DEFENDANT'S RESPONSE BRIEF [Doc. No. 59], PERMITTING DEFENDANTS TO FILE CROSS-MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT AND RESETTING BRIEFING DEADLINES AND HEARING DATE
The instant case is scheduled for a hearing before the Court on Thursday, April 29, 2010 on Plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment [Doc. No. 52]. A response brief was filed by the Defendant on March 22, 2010 [Doc. No. 59]. Per this case's Scheduling Order [See Doc. No. 36], the cutoff date for filing motions in this matter passed on March 10, 2010.
The Defendant's response brief contains arguments not only against granting summary judgment for the Plaintiffs, but also contains arguments for granting summary judgment in favor of the Defendant. [See Doc. No. 59, pp.2-4]. Filing what amounts to a cross-motion for summary judgment within a response brief is improper, and the Court therefore ORDERS Defendant's response brief [Doc. No. 52] STRICKEN, and ORDERS the Defendant to file a proper response brief, if any, no later than Friday, April 9, 2010.
Despite the passing - on March 10, 2010 - of the motion cutoff deadline, the Court will nonetheless allow the Defendant to file a motion for summary judgment for consideration alongside Plaintiffs' motion for summary judgment [Doc. No. 52]. Such motion, if any, must be filed no later than Friday, April 9, 2010.
All response and/or reply briefs filed by the parties must comport with the Court's usual practice guidelines and filing deadlines. Plaintiff's motion for summary judgment, originally scheduled for oral argument on April 29, 2010, will be RESCHEDULED for Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.
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