J.S. v. The Houston County Board of Education
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER that the 40 Motion to Alter or Amend Judgment is due to be and is hereby ORDERED DENIED as further set out in the order. Signed by Honorable Judge W. Harold Albritton, III on 9/25/2015. (dmn, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
J.S., III, a minor, by and through J.S., Jr.
and M.S., his parents and next friends,
THE HOUSTON COUNTY BOARD OF,
) Civil Action No. 1:14cv1196-WHA
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
This cause is before the court on the Plaintiff=s Motion to Alter or Amend Judgment (Doc.
#40), and the Defendant=s brief in response.
The Plaintiff does not take issue with the court’s discussion of legal principles in granting
summary judgment to the Defendant on August 3, 2015 (Doc. #40 at p.2), but instead asks the
court to reconsider the decision in light of a Letter of Finding issued on July 15, 2015, and the
Eleventh Circuit’s decision in Hill v. Cundiff, 797 F.3d 948 (11th Cir. 2015), decided after the
issuance of the court’s Memorandum Opinion and Order. The Defendant opposes the motion.
District courts are necessarily afforded substantial discretion in ruling on motions for
reconsideration. Sussman v. Salem, Saxon & Nielsen, 153 F.R.D. 689 (M.D. Fla. 1994). Motions
for reconsideration generally serve a very narrow function: they are designed solely to correct
manifest errors of law or fact or to present newly discovered evidence that could not have been
discovered at the time of the original motion. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 60.
The Plaintiff’s new evidentiary submission, the Letter of Finding, was available at the time
of the court’s decision. Even if the court were to consider it, however, and considering the
analysis in Hill, upon careful review of its previous Memorandum Opinion and Order in light of
the Plaintiff’s motion, and the opposition to the motion, the court cannot conclude that the
Plaintiff’s new submissions alter the court’s previous analysis or require a denial of summary
Accordingly, the Motion to Alter or Amend Judgment is due to be and is hereby
Done this 25th day of September, 2015.
/s/ W. Harold Albritton
W. HAROLD ALBRITTON
SENIOR UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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