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Motion Practice Generally

All motions, including motions for default, must be noticed before the Court in accordance with Local Rule 5.3(b). The notice of motion is the mechanism by which a motion is added to the Court's calendar. If a motion is not calendared, the Court may not be alerted to its pendency.

Unless otherwise ordered by the Court, briefs in support of or opposition to a motion should be no more than 15 pages, and reply briefs should be no more than 10.


Before filing a motion, the movant's counsel must ask opposing counsel whether there is an objection to the motion. If there is an objection, movant must note that fact in the body of the motion. Joint, uncontested, and agreed motions should be so identified in both the title and the body of the motion. Many of those motions will be granted without appearance, so counsel should check the docket before coming to Court. Motions for extension of time shall indicate: (i) the reason for the request, and (ii) the number of previous extensions. Trial dates and discovery cutoff dates generally will not be reset except by written motion, and will generally require a court appearance.

Courtesy Copies

When Required: The Court requires courtesy copies for any of the following: (1) newly filed complaints; (2) any brief on a motion to dismiss, motion for judgment on the pleadings, or motion for summary judgment; (3) any brief that has exhibits attached to it (except agreed motions).

Delivery: Pursuant to Local Rule 5.2(f), courtesy copies shall be delivered within one day of filing. Please deliver all courtesy copies to Courtroom Deputy Sandy Newland in Room 1438. Please do not bring courtesy copies to chambers. A delivery confirmation signature will not be available.

Format: Courtesy copies should always be printed from ECF after electronic filing so that the copies include the ECF header. Courtesy copies should be printed on both sides of the paper whenever possible. Parties citing a deposition transcript in a brief should submit only the cited excerpts in hard copy in the condensed format, but must submit the entire transcript electronically. The Court does not want hard copies of entire deposition transcripts.

Please Note: The Court prefers that citations to unpublished opinions be Westlaw citations. 

Please Note: All electronically filed documents should be made word searchable before being filed on ECF.

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