How to File a Motion for Summary Judgment

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This article outlines motion for summary judgment, explains the differences between summary judgment and motion to dismiss, details a motion for summary judgment timeline, and provides a downloadable sample motion.


[PARTY] respectfully moves for summary judgment on all claims [or describe specific claims for which summary judgment is sought] pursuant to Rule 56 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Local Rule [RULE NUMBER] because the material facts are not in dispute and [PARTY] is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.

[PARTY]’s motion is supported by the following accompanying documents:

  1. [PARTY]’s Memorandum in Support of its Motion for Summary Judgment, dated [DATE]
  2. [PARTY]’s Statement of Undisputed Material Facts in Support of [PARTY]’s Motion for Summary Judgment, dated [DATE]
  3. The Declaration of [NAME] in Support of [PARTY]’s Motion for Summary Judgment, dated [DATE] and all attached exhibits
  4. [Any other attachments required by local or judicial rule.]

Dated: [DATE]

Respectfully submitted,

By: _______________________________
[NAME(S), Bar No. (if applicable)]
Attorneys for [PARTY]

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