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Case 2:12-cv-01238-JCM-VCF Document 20 Filed 07/30/13 Page 1 of 3

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

DISTRICT OF NEVADA

2:12-CV-1238 JCM (VCF)

ROBERT D. VANNAH,
CHARTERED,

Plaintiff(s),

v.

LINCOLN GENERAL INSURANCE
COMPANY,

Defendant(s).

ORDER

Presently before the court is defendant Lincoln General Insurance Company’s motion for

summary judgment. (Doc. # 16). Plaintiff Robert D. Vannah, Chartered responded (doc. # 17), and

defendant replied (doc. # 18).

Summary judgment is appropriate when, viewing the facts in the light most favorable to the

nonmoving party, there is no genuine issue of material fact, and the moving party is entitled to
judgment as a matter of law. Bagdadi v. Nazar, 84 F.3d 1194, 1197 (9th Cir. 1996); FED. R. CIV. P.

56©. The moving party bears the burden of presenting authenticated evidence to demonstrate the
absence of any genuine issue of material fact for trial. Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, 323
(1986); see Orr v. Bank of America, 285 F.3d 764 (9th Cir. 2002) (articulating the standard for

authentication of evidence on a motion for summary judgment).

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Only admissible evidence is considered on a motion for summary judgment. Id. at 773; see

FED.R.CIV.P. 56(e). Authentication is a “condition precedent to admissibility,” and can be satisfied

by “evidence sufficient to support a finding that the item is what the proponent claims it is.” FED.
R. EVID. 901(a); see also Jimena v. UBS AG Bank, Inc., 1:07-CV-00367 OWW, 2011 WL 2551413
(E.D. Cal. June 27, 2011) aff’d sub nom. Jimena v. Standish, 11-16845, 2013 WL 223131 (9th Cir.

Jan. 17, 2013).

Whereas defendant has failed to properly authenticate the evidence provided in support of
the motion for summary judgment under the standards set forth in Orr, the court cannot find that

defendant has carried its burden under Fed. R. Civ. P. 56.1

For example, defendant failed to authenticate two depositions heavily relied on in its motion

for summary judgment–exhibit B and exhibit H. A deposition or an extract therefrom is

authenticated in a motion for summary judgment when it identifies the names of the deponent and

the action and includes the reporter’s certification that the deposition is a true record of the testimony
of the deponent. See FED.R.EVID. 901(b); FED.R.CIV.P. 56(e) & 30(f)(1); Beyene v. Coleman Sec.
Servs., Inc., 854 F.2d 1179, 1182 (9th Cir. 1988); Pavone v. Citicorp Credit Servs., Inc., 60

F.Supp.2d 1040, 1045 (S.D.Cal. 1997) (excluding a deposition for failure to submit a signed

certification from the reporter). “Ordinarily, this would have to be accomplished by attaching the

cover page of the deposition and the reporter’s certification to every deposition extract submitted.”
Orr, 285 F.3d at 774.2

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1 Plaintiff also failed to authenticate some of its evidence in opposition to the motion for summary judgment.

2 By pointing out this shortcoming–that court is not conceding that this was the only evidence that required
authentication. A party submitting the evidence in support of the motion for summary judgment bears the burden of
ensuring that all evidence submitted to the court is properly authenticated.

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Accordingly,

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that defendant Lincoln General

Insurance Company’s motion for summary judgment (doc. # 16) be, and the same hereby is,

DENIED without prejudice.

DATED July 30, 2013.




UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

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