Summary Judgment

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Summary Judgment—when you can’t get done with this shit fast enough The Basics 1) FRCP 56 : If one party (claiming or defending) can show that there is no genuine issue of material fact in the  lawsuit, he is entitled to judgment as a matter of law. 2) So summary judgment is basically awarded if: a) there are no disputable issues of material fact that need to be brought to trial, and b) if the law is applied to the undisputed facts, one party is obviously entitled to judgment. 3) An  issue of material fact  is one that will affect the outcome of the case that a reasonable jury can reach different  conclusions on. 4) The motion for summary judgment can be supported by 1) affidavits, 2) depositions, 3) answers to  interrogatories, 4) admissions, and 5) admissible documents.  ( even if some of it may not be admissible at trial 5) Satisfying the initial burden to obtain summary judgment is different for parties with the burden of production at  trial and for those without the BOPT. Initial burden in demonstrating no issue of material fact for parties w/ the burden of production at trial 1) The moving party must produce evidence that would compel a reasonable jury to find for them. 2) Reasonable jury would be compelled if: a) the evidence , if believed, would require the jury to find for the party,  and  b) there is no basis for disbelieving the evidence. 3) The Nonmoving  Party’s options a) Argue that the evidence presented by the moving party, if believed, would not compel a reasonable jury to  find for the moving party b) Argue that there is a basis for the jury to disbelieve the testimony
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This note was uploaded on 08/28/2008 for the course LAW 433 taught by Professor Wooley during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas.

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