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IPFS Corp. v. Carrillo

United States District Court, D. Nevada

June 27, 2014

IPFS CORPORATION, a Missouri Corporation, Plaintiff,
v.
LORRAINE CARRILLO, an individual, Defendant.

ORDER

GLORIA M. NAVARRO, Chief District Judge.

Pending before the Court are the following: (1) Reply to Response to Motion for Preliminary Injunction (ECF No. 13) filed by Plaintiff IPFS Corporation ("Plaintiff"), (2) Plaintiff's Notice of Corrected Image/Document re: Reply to Response to Motion for Preliminary Injunction (ECF No. 15), (3) Motion to Strike Reply to Response to Motion for Preliminary Injunction (ECF No. 24) filed by Defendant Lorraine Carrillo ("Defendant"), and (4) Defendant's Motion to Strike Affidavit of Rachel Yunk (ECF No. 35).

I. BACKGROUND

Plaintiff filed its Motion for Temporary Restraining Order (ECF No. 9) and Motion for Preliminary Injunction (ECF No. 10) on April 9, 2014. On April 10, 2014, Defendant filed her Response to the Motion for Temporary Restraining Order (ECF No. 11), which states, "This Response is limited to [Plaintiff]'s request for a temporary restraining order; [Defendant] will file a separate response to [Plaintiff]'s alternative request for a preliminary injunction." (1:24-27.)

On April 21, 2014, Plaintiff filed its Reply to Response to Motion for Temporary Restraining Order (ECF No. 12) and Reply to Response to Motion for Preliminary Injunction (ECF No. 13). The following day, April 22, 2014, Plaintiff filed two Notices of Corrected Image/Document (ECF Nos. 14, 15) to correct the prior version of its Reply. (ECF Nos. 12, 13.)

Six days later, on April 28, 2014, Defendant filed her Response to the Motion for Preliminary Injunction (ECF No. 19), stating that this response was related only to Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction. ( Id. at 1:22-23.) Plaintiff filed its Reply (ECF No. 20) to Defendant's newly filed Response on May 8, 2014. Defendant then filed a Motion to Strike this reply (ECF No. 24), stating, "Plaintiff has filed three briefs in support of its Motion for Preliminary Injunction: the motion [ECF No. 10], a reply [ECF No. 13], and a second reply [ECF No. 20]. The second reply amounts to an improper surreply, which must be stricken." (Mot. to Strike 1:26-28, ECF No. 24.)

Plaintiff also filed the Affidavit of Rachel Yunk regarding Motions for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction (ECF No. 32) on June 6, 2014. This new affidavit purports to supplement Yunk's April 3, 2014 affidavit (ECF No. 1, Ex. B). On June 11, 2014, Defendant filed a Motion to Strike this affidavit (ECF No. 35), claiming that it is "procedurally improper" as it was filed "nearly six weeks after briefing on the motions to which it relates was completed." (Mot. to Strike 1:21-23, ECF No. 35.)

II. DISCUSSION

A. Defendant's Motion to Strike Plaintiff's Reply

As mentioned above, on April 21, 2014, Plaintiff filed both a Reply to Response to its Motion for Temporary Restraining Order (ECF No. 12) and a Reply to Response to its Motion for Preliminary Injunction (ECF No. 13). However, it appears to the Court that these documents are identical. Furthermore, at the time Plaintiff filed its Reply to Response to its Motion for Preliminary Injunction (ECF No. 13), Defendant had not yet filed a Response to Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction. In fact, Defendant did not file her Response to the Motion for Preliminary Injunction until April 28, one week after Plaintiff purported to file its Reply. ( See Resp. to Mot. for Prelim. Inj., ECF No. 19.) Therefore, the Court will strike this premature Reply (ECF No. 13) and its Corrected Version (ECF No. 15). Accordingly, the Court denies Defendant's Motion to Strike (ECF No. 24), as there is now only one reply by Plaintiff (ECF No. 20) in support of its Motion for Preliminary Injunction.

B. Defendant's Motion to Strike the Yunk Affidavit filed by Plaintiff

Defendant also requests that the Court strike the Affidavit of Rachel Yunk ("Yunk Affidavit") that Plaintiff filed. (ECF No. 35.) According to the docket entry, Plaintiff filed this affidavit (ECF No. 32) with the intention to provide support for Plaintiff's Motion for Temporary Restraining Order (ECF No. 9) and Motion for Preliminary Injunction (ECF No. 10). However, because the supporting affidavit was not served with those motions, it violates Rule 6(c)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Alternatively, the affidavit could have been filed with Plaintiff's Reply (ECF Nos. 12, 13), but it was not. Instead, it was submitted separately on June 6, six weeks after the filing deadline for Plaintiff's Reply, April 20. As such, the affidavit is untimely pursuant to Local Rule 7-2(c), which requires that "reply points and authorities shall be filed and served by the moving party seven (7) days after service of the response" and Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 6(d), which provides a three-day extension for the reply if filed electronically.

Additionally, because the affidavit purports to be "a supplement to [Rachel Yunk's] earlier affidavit, dated April 3, 2014, which was incorporated in the Verified Complaint, " it is procedurally improper. (Supplemental Aff. ΒΆ 2, ECF No. 32.) If Plaintiff wished to amend its Complaint, it should have filed a motion to amend its pleading and attached the proposed amended pleading, pursuant to Local Rule 15-1. Because Plaintiff failed to do so, the Court hereby grants Defendant's Motion (ECF No. 35) and strikes the Yunk Affidavit (ECF No. 32).

III. CONCLUSION

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Defendant's Motion to Strike Reply to Response to Motion for Preliminary Injunction (ECF No. 24) is DENIED.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Defendant's Motion to Strike the Affidavit of Rachel Yunk (ECF No. 35) is GRANTED.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiff's duplicative Responses (ECF Nos. 13, 15) are STRICKEN.


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