Definition of an Unopposed Summary Judgment

By Michael Scarn
A defendant to a civil lawsuit can file a motion for summary judgment to dismiss the suit.

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In a civil lawsuit, an attorney representing a defendant has several requests he can make to a judge to attempt to dismiss a case filed against his client. One such tool is a motion for summary judgment.

Prevailing

For a defendant to prevail on a motion for summary judgment, he must show there is no genuine issue of material fact the plaintiff is entitled to prevail upon in the lawsuit; the evidence put forth by the plaintiff does not support a verdict in his favor.

Rules

In federal court, a motion for summary judgment is governed by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56. In state court, the rule is generally the same but may be a different rule number. This rule dictates when the motion can be filed and what the defendant must prove to prevail on the motion.

Unopposed Motions

An unopposed motion in the law is one where the other party or parties to the lawsuit do not fight against or counter your request. Here, a judge would not receive any opposition from the plaintiff after the defendant files a motion for summary judgment, leaving the judge little reason not to grant the defendant's motion.

About the Author

Michael Scarn is a legal, automotive, fitness, business and aviation writer. He has been a professional writer since 2006. Scarn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy from Brigham Young University as well as a Master of Business Administration and a Juris Doctorate—both from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas.

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