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Jane Doe, A Minor, By and Through Jane Doe 2, Her Mother and Next Friend v. Trico Community School District No. 176

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS


December 15, 2011

JANE DOE, A MINOR, BY AND THROUGH JANE DOE 2, HER MOTHER AND NEXT FRIEND, PLAINTIFF,
v.
TRICO COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 176, A CORPORATION, DENNIS SMITH, JOHN DENOSKY, JERRY OHLAU AND MICHAEL JENNINGS, DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: J. Phil Gilbert District Judge

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER

This matter comes before the Court on the defendants' motion to dismiss pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(6) (Doc. 12). The motion to dismiss refers to matters outside the pleadings. When such material is presented in connection with a Rule 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss, the Court may treat the motion to dismiss as a motion for summary judgment or it may exclude the additional material from consideration. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(d). In this case, the Court believes consideration of the matters outside the pleadings may expedite the disposition of this case. Therefore, the Court gives the plaintiff NOTICE that the Court will construe the defendants' motion as a motion for summary judgment under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 56 and will allow the plaintiff an opportunity to respond to the motion as now construed. Since the current response and reply briefs (Docs. 18, 19 & 22) treat the motion as if it were a motion to dismiss and not for summary judgment, the Court STRIKES those filings. The plaintiff shall have up to and including January 13, 2012, to respond to the pending summary judgment motion. The defendants shall have 14 days from the plaintiff's response to reply, if necessary.

IT IS SO ORDERED.

J. Phil Gilbert

20111215

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