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Legal Memorandum: Summary Judgment

Issue: Legal Standard for Summary Judgment

Area of Law: Litigation & Procedure
Keywords: Summary judgment; no genuine issues of material fact
Jurisdiction: Federal
Cited Cases: 477 U.S. 317
Cited Statutes: Fed. R. Civ. P. 56; Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 7056
Date: 07/01/2006

Summary judgment is only appropriate when there are no genuine issues of material fact and one party is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.  Fed. R. Civ. P. 56.  Rule 56 is incorporated into Federal Rule of Bankruptcy Procedure 7056.  In re Gregg, 268 B.R. 295, 297 (N.D. Fla. 2001).

The moving party bears the burden of establishing that there are no genuine issues of material fact.  Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, 323 (1986).  All evidence and inferences are to be construed in the light most favorable to the nonmoving party.  Mutual Fund Investors, Inc. v. Putnam Mgmt. Co., 553 F.3d ___ (9th Cir. 1977) (citing United States v. Diebold, 369 U.S. 654 (1962)); Matsushita Elec. Indus. Co. v. Zenith Radio Corp., 475 U.S. 574, 587-88 (1986).  Summary judgment is appropriate only if, taking the record as a whole, a reasonable jury could not possibly return a verdict in favor of the non-moving party.  Matsushita, 475 U.S. at 587.

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