Harrison v. Culliver et al

Filing 87

ORDER denying 85 Motion to Alter Judgment. Signed by Judge Kristi K. DuBose on 10/13/2011. (copy mailed) (cmj)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA SOUTHERN DIVISION JODY O’NEIL HARRISON, v. GRANT CULLIVER, et al., Petitioner. ) ) ) ) ) ) CIVIL ACTION NO. 09-00283-KD-C ORDER This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff Jody O’Neil Harrison’s pro se Rule 59(e) Motion to Alter or Amend Judgment (Doc. 85). Specifically, Plaintiff Harrison contends that the September 22, 2011 Order and Judgment (Docs. 83, 84) – in which the Court adopted the Report and Recommendation of the Magistrate Judge and thus granted the Defendant’s motion for summary judgment and dismissed the Complaint – was error “grounded upon an incorrect application of the law” in the Report and Recommendation. As stated in Fetterhoff v. Liberty Life Assur. Co., 2007 WL 1713349, *1 (S.D. Ala. Jun. 11, 2007) (internal citations omitted and emphasis in original): The decision whether to alter or amend a judgment pursuant to Rule 59(e) is "committed to the sound discretion of the district judge." . . . : A motion to alter or amend a judgment must demonstrate why the court should reconsider its prior decision and "set forth facts or law of a strongly convincing nature to induce the court to reverse its prior decision." .... courts have recognized three grounds justifying reconsideration of an order: (1) an intervening change in controlling law; (2) the availability of new evidence; and (3) the need to correct clear error or manifest injustice. .... Reconsideration of a previous order is an extraordinary remedy to be employed sparingly in the interests of finality and conservation of scarce judicial resources . . . 1 See also e.g., Sonnier v. Computer Programs & Systems, Inc., 168 F. Supp. 2d 1322, 1336 (S.D. Ala. 2001). It is well settled that a Rule 59(e) motion may not be used to relitigate old matters or to present arguments or evidence that could have been raised prior to judgment. Shaarbay v. Florida, 269 Fed. Appx. 866 (11th Cir. 2008) (unpublished). Harrison’s Rule 59(e) motion has failed to demonstrate an intervening change in controlling law, the availability of new evidence, or the need to correct clear error or manifest injustice. In sum, Harrison has not set forth any basis for Rule 59(e) relief. Accordingly, it is ORDERED that Harrison’s motion (Doc. 85) is DENIED. DONE and ORDERED this the 13th day of October 2011. /s/ Kristi K. DuBose KRISTI K. DuBOSE UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

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