Legal Memorandum: Denial of a Summary Judgment Motion

Issue: When should a court deny a defendant’s motion for summary judgment on the question of damages?

Area of Law: Litigation & Procedure
Keywords: Motion for summary judgment; Damages; No genuine issue as to any material fact
Jurisdiction: Federal, Virgin Islands
Cited Cases: 974 F.2d 1358; 293 F.3d 120; 889 F. Supp. 223; 477 U.S. 317; 372 F.3d 188; 477 U.S. 242; 417 F. Supp. 2d 601; 411 F. Supp. 2d 470; 893 F. Supp. 499; 234 F.3d 1264; 96 F.3d 66
Cited Statutes: Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(c); Restatement (Second) of Torts § 912, § 46, cmt. k
Date: 04/01/2006

Summary judgment may only be granted “if the pleadings, depositions, answers to interrogatories, and admissions on file, together with the affidavits, if any, show that there is no genuine issue as to any material fact and that the moving party is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.”  Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(c).”  This standard requires the Court to determine whether the evidence, viewed in the light most favorable to the non-movant, shows there are genuine issues of material fact in dispute which would permit a reasonable jury to find for the non-moving party.”  Tavarez v. Klingensmith, 267 F. Supp. 2d 448, 450 (D.V.I. 2003), aff’d, 372 F.3d 188 (3d Cir. 2004).  Accord Union Pac. R.R. v. Greentree Transp. Trucking Co., 293 F.3d 120, 125 (3d Cir. 2002).  The party moving for summary judgment bears the burden of showing the basis for dismissal.  Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, 323 (1986); Davis v. Portline Transportes Maritime Internacional, 16 F.3d 532, 537 n.3 (3d Cir. 1994). A genuine dispute exists if the evidence would allow a reasonable jury to return a verdict for the non-moving party.  See Anderson v. Liberty Lobby, Inc., 477 U.S. 242, 247-48 (1986).

When the court decides a motion for summary judgment, it must draw all reasonable inferences in a light most favorable to the nonmovant, and may not consider the credibility or weight of evidence, even if the quantity of […]

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