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PNC Bank, N. A. v. Worley Brothers Scrap

United States District Court, N.D. Alabama, Southern Division

May 22, 2015

PNC BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff,
v.
WORLEY BROTHERS SCRAP & IRON M OF ALABAMA LLC, et al., Defendants.

MEMORANDUM OPINION

HARWELL G. DAVIS, III, Magistrate Judge.

The above-entitled civil action is before the court on the motion for summary judgment filed by plaintiff, PNC Bank National Association (PNC), seeking judgment against defendants Worley Brothers Scrap & Iron M of Alabama, LLC (Worley, LLC), Johnny Worley and Lonny Worley. (Doc. 21). The parties have consented to the jurisdiction of the undersigned magistrate judge pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ยง 636(c), Rule 73, Fed.R.Civ.P., and Local Rule 73.2.

Plaintiff commenced this action by filing a complaint on October 16, 2014, against defendants, asserting causes of action for breach of a promissory note and breach of a guaranty agreement. Plaintiff filed its motion for summary judgment on March 27, 2015. Under Appendix II to the Initial Order Governing All Further Proceedings entered in this action on December 17, 2014, defendants had 21 days in which to file their response to the motion. ( See Doc. 13 at 16). To date, defendants have neither filed any response nor sought an extension of time in which to do so. Therefore, the summary judgment motion is unopposed.

SUMMARY JUDGMENT STANDARD

"The court shall grant summary judgment if 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." Fed.R.Civ.P. 56(a). Rule 56(c) provides:

(1) Supporting Factual Positions. A party asserting that a fact cannot be or is genuinely disputed must support the assertion by:
(A) citing to particular parts of materials in the record, including depositions, documents, electronically stored information, affidavits or declarations, stipulations (including those made for purposes of the motion only), admissions, interrogatory answers, or other materials; or
(B) showing that the materials cited do not establish the absence or presence of a genuine dispute, or that an adverse party cannot produce admissible evidence to support the fact.
(2) Objection That a Fact Is Not Supported by Admissible Evidence. A party may object that the material cited to support or dispute a fact cannot be presented in a form that would be admissible in evidence.
(3) Materials Not Cited. The court need consider only the cited materials, but it may consider other materials in the record.
(4) Affidavits or Declarations. An affidavit or declaration used to support or oppose a motion must be made on personal knowledge, set out facts that would be admissible in evidence, and show that the affiant or declarant is competent to testify on the matters stated.

Fed.R.Civ.P. 56(c).

Plaintiff, as the party seeking summary judgment, bears the initial responsibility of informing the district court of the basis for its motion, and identifying those portions of the pleadings, depositions, answers to interrogatories, and admissions on file, together with the affidavits, if any, which it believes demonstrates the absence of a genuine issue of material fact. Clark v. Coats & Clark, Inc., 929 F.2d 604, 608 (11th Cir. 1991) (quoting Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, 323, 106 S.Ct. 2548, 2553, 91 L.Ed.2d 265 (1986)). A genuine issue of material fact is shown when the non-moving party produces evidence so that a reasonable factfinder could return a verdict in its favor. Greenberg v. BellSouth Telecomms., Inc., 498 F.3d 1258, 1263 (11th Cir. 2007). If the non-moving party fails to make a sufficient showing on an essential element of its case with respect to which it has the burden of proof, the moving party is entitled to summary judgment. Celotex, 477 U.S. at 323, 106 S.Ct. at 2552. Rule 56(e), Fed.R.Civ.P., provides that if a party "fails to properly address another party's assertion of fact as required by Rule 56(c), the court may:... (2) consider the fact undisputed for purposes of the motion; [or] (3) grant summary judgment if the motion and supporting materials-including the facts considered undisputed-show that the movant is entitled to it...." Fed.R.Civ.P. 56(e)(2) and (3). In reviewing whether the non-moving party has met its burden, the court must stop short of weighing the evidence and making credibility determinations of the truth of the matter. The evidence of the non-movant is to be believed, and all justifiable inferences are to be drawn in its favor. Tipton v. ...


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