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Hi my name is ***** ***** I am a licensed attorney. Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking for educational purposes only. I see you have a question about a lawsuit proceeding in Federal District Court. I have handled matters like this in the past and believe I can help you understand your rights. In the event I believe you should seek a local attorney, I will advise you of that as well.
Could you provide me a little background as to whether you are the plaintiff (one who filed suit) or defendant (suit was filed against you)? Also what is the general basis for the suit i.e. claims asserted by Plaintiff?
So you know the rules are applied equally to people with attorney or people representing themselves (pro se). You need to review rule 56 in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure you can find here https://www.federalrulesofcivilprocedure.org/ Legally (and you may already know this) a movant files a motion for summary judgment to get the Court to agree with them that either for the entire case or a portion of the case there are no facts disputed, as such, they are asking the Judge to rule on the law only as they are alleging that there are no facts disputed. To successfully respond to their motion you have to raise a question of fact. Note that all of this has to be done in writing as the Court may or may not have an actual hearing on the MSJ. If there is a hearing it is only for the attorney/party to argue based on the evidence already submitted within their motion or the response to the motion.
For enough money you can get an attorney, but there is a short window as to the response due date. The typical attorney is going to charge more if they need to shift other matters so they can focus on the MSJ response only or it might require that they work into the night.
Every MSJ is different so there is no typical response form and every response should specifically respond to Plaintiff's allegations or challenge the evidence they are submitting. It can be very complicated and on the attorney side it could range from a few hours for an attorney already familiar with the case to 10+ hours given a typical $250 per hr rate it can get expensive quickly. I don't know that this forum is the proper forum to actually try and obtain the information needed to prepare a response. I am sorry that I can't provide more information as I am sure this has you stressed with the likely impending deadline for a response.
Let me know if you have some specific questions about your response that I can answer?
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