Gara v. BP Exploration & Production, Inc. et al, No. 2:2017cv03223 - Document 59 (E.D. La. 2022)

Court Description: ORDER AND REASONS: granting 57 Motion for Summary Judgment, as stated herein. Signed by Judge Susie Morgan on 11/18/2022. (am)
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Gara v. BP Exploration & Production, Inc. et al Doc. 59 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF LOUISIANA DENNIS ANTHONY GARA, JR., Plaintiff CIVIL ACTION VERSUS NO. 17-3223 BP EXPLORATION & PRODUCTION INC., ET AL., Defendants SECTION: “E” (2) ORDER AND REASONS Before the Court is a motion for summary judgment filed by BP Exploration & Production Inc., BP America Production Company, BP p.l.c., Halliburton Energy Services, Inc., Transocean Holdings, LLC, Transocean Deepwater, Inc., and Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling, Inc. (collectively “Defendants”)1 against Dennis Anthony Gara, Jr. (“Plaintiff”). The motion was filed on October 25, 2022.2 Plaintiff’s opposition to the motion was due on November 1, 2022.3 As of the date of this Order and Reasons, no opposition to the instant motion has been filed, and Plaintiff has not moved for an extension of his deadline to file an opposition brief. Defendants’ motion for summary judgment is, therefore, unopposed. Although this dispositive motion is unopposed, summary judgment is not automatic, and the Court must determine whether Defendants have shown they are entitled to judgment as a matter of law.4 Defendants’ instant motion is nearly identical to the one filed by Defendants, and R. Doc. 57. Halliburton Energy Services, Inc., Transocean Holdings, LLC, Transocean Deepwater, Inc., and Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling, Inc. joined in the motion for summary judgment filed by BP Exploration & Production, Inc., BP America Production Company, and BP p.l.c. Id. at p. 1 n.1. 2 Id. 3 R. Doc. 57-4. 4 See, e.g., Johnson v. Pettiford, 442 F.3d 917, 918 (5th Cir. 2006); FED. R. CIV. P. 56(a). 1 1 Dockets.Justia.com granted by this Court, in other B3 cases.5 Accordingly, for the reasons stated in the Orders & Reasons issued in the cited B3 cases; IT IS ORDERED that the motion for summary judgment6 is GRANTED. Judgment is granted in favor of Defendants BP Exploration & Production Inc., BP America Production Company, BP p.l.c., Halliburton Energy Services, Inc., Transocean Holdings LLC, Transocean Deepwater, Inc., and Transocean Offshore Deepwater Drilling, Inc. and against Plaintiff Dennis Anthony Gara, Jr. on all claims. New Orleans, Louisiana, this 18th day of November, 2022. ______________________ _________ SUSIE MORGAN UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 5 See Davis v. BP Exploration & Production Inc., et al., Civ. A. 17-3141 at R. Doc. 48 (E.D. La. 7/5/22) (Morgan, J.); see also Brown v. BP Exploration & Production Inc., et al., Civ. A. 17-3101 at R. Doc. 59 (E.D. La. 11/18/22) (Morgan, J.). 6 R. Doc. 57. 2
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