A defendant’s summary judgment motion in Bankruptcy Court is the topic of this blog post.
A defendant’s summary judgment motion in United States Bankruptcy Court is authorized by Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 6056 and Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56 which states in pertinent part that summary judgment is proper where “the movant shows that there is no genuine dispute as to any material fact and the movant is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.” See Fed. R. Civ. P 56(a) and Fed. R. Bkr. P. 7056 (Rule 56).
Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 7056 states that, “Rule 56 F.R.Civ.P. applies in adversary proceedings, except that any motion for summary judgment must be made at least 30 days before the initial date set for an evidentiary hearing on any issue for which summary judgment is sought, unless a different time is set by local rule or the court orders otherwise.”
The party filing a motion for summary judgment in Bankruptcy Court under Rule 56 must file the motion no later than 30 days after the close of all discovery in the case unless a different time is specified by a local rule or specific order of the Court.
A defendant filing a motion for summary judgment in Bankruptcy Court should give at least 31 calendar days notice of the motion unless a different time is specified by a local rule or specific order of the Judge hearing the case. The moving party should carefully review the local rules for their Court as well as standing orders for the Judge as many districts and even individual Judges have very specific rules and procedures that must be followed.
The United States Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California has very specific local rules that govern a motion for summary judgment in that they require that the moving party must meet and confer with the opposing party in an attempt to resolve any issues before any motion is filed and local rule 7056-1 has very specific requirements for the documents that must be included with the motion including a requirement that a Statement of Uncontroverted Facts and Conclusions of Law and proposed Judgment granting summary judgment must be served and filed with the motion.
Filing a defendant’s summary judgment motion in Bankruptcy Court under Rule 56 should be considered by any defendant who can meet their burden of showing that plaintiff cannot establish the existence of any element essential to any or all of their causes of action and on which they bear the burden of proof at trial and whose discovery responses are clearly vague and ambiguous and are lacking in any specific facts or evidence.
The United States Supreme Court has stated that the moving party on a Rule 56 motion for summary judgment has the burden of demonstrating that there is no genuine issue of fact in dispute that requires a trial. Once the moving party has met their burden the party opposing the motion cannot just rely on any denials in their pleadings but instead they must set forth specific facts showing a genuine issue of fact in dispute that requires trial.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has stated that the opposing party cannot defeat a motion for summary judgment simply by relying on conclusory allegations that are not supported by any evidence. And they have also stated that an issue of fact alone is not sufficient reason to deny a motion for summary judgment unless there is a genuine issue of material fact that is capable of directly affecting the outcome of the case, and that the evidence must be substantial and not merely speculative.
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