Take a look at the case Scheduling Order to see if your Judge requires permission to file case dispositive motions. It may be that a letter seeking permission is required. If this is the approach taken by the Judge, opposing counsel may file an answering letter explaining why there is a genuine issue of material fact. If motions for summary judgment are permitted, be sure to inquire as to the page limitation; you may find that the total pages cannot exceed 20 for all motions. Pursuant to Local Rule 7.1.4, a request for oral argument must be made within 7 days after the filing of the reply brief. If argument is permitted, it may very well be scheduled at the same time as the claim construction hearing. The goal of the Judges in this District is to decide dispositive motions prior to the Pretrial Conference.
Case Dispositive Motions