Spain v. EMC Mortgage Company et al

Filing 279

ORDER the Clerk shall rescind the filing of 278 Motion for New Trial, and deem it to have been lodged with the court on 10/16/2010. Defendants need not respond to that lodged motion. Signed by Judge Robert C Broomfield on 10/21/10.(LSP)

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Spain v. EMC Mortgage Company et al Doc. 279 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 WO IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA B. Spain, ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) vs. ) ) EMC Mortgage Company, et al., ) ) Defendants. ) ) No. CIV 07-0308-PHX-RCB ORDER Currently pending before the court is "B. Spain's F.R.Civ.P. r 59(a)(1)(B) motion for a new trial in response to Robert C. Broomfield's September 27th 2010 order enjoining B. Spain from filing in `this court' and denial of a Motion for a Pretrial Scheduling Conference/Notice to the Chief Judge of the District Arizona of unprofessional conduct in re Robert C. Broomfield's mishandling of the proceedings in this instant case[]" (Doc. 278). On September 27, 2010, this court issued a pre-filing order finding that plaintiff pro se Spain "has engaged in vexatious litigation in the present action." Spain v. EMC Mortgage Co., 2010 Hence, WL 3940987, at *13 (D.Ariz. Sept. 27, 2010) (Doc. 277). 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 among other things, this court directed that "because this action is closed, no further pleadings or motions are allowed herein[.]" Id. The court also prohibited plaintiff from filing any other actions in this District Court "pertaining to the underlying real property transaction, i.e., the Alpine property, which is the subject of this lawsuit, without complying with the following procedure." Id. The court then outlined a procedure whereby plaintiff shall lodge a proposed complaint for this court's review before he can proceed with such further actions in this court. id. Despite the foregoing, on October 18, 2010, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(a)(1)(B), plaintiff Spain filed a motion for a new trial (Doc. 278). Because that motion was inadvertently filed in See contravention of this court's pre-filing order, the court hereby ORDERS the Clerk of the Court to rescind the filing of that motion (Doc. 278), and deem it to have been lodged with the court on ... -2- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 October 18, 2010.1 motion. IT IS ORDERED. Defendants need not respond to that lodged DATED this 21st day of October, 2010. Copies to counsel of record and plaintiff pro se Reviewing this lodged motion, there are two glaring procedural irregularities. First of all, plaintiff expressly indicated that he is seeking a new trial pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(a)(1)(B). Plaintiff never had a trial though, as ultimately the court granted defendants' motions to dismiss. Obviously then, plaintiff's reliance upon that particular Rule is wholly misplaced. Giving plaintiff the benefit of the doubt, once again, perhaps he intended to rely upon subsection (e) of Rule 59. That Rule governs motions to alter or amend judgments. If so, that reliance would be misplaced as well because the September 27, 2010, pre-filing order was not a judgment. Judgment was entered in this case on February 24, 2009. Doc. 252. So, if plaintiff actually intended this to be a motion to alter or amend the judgment under Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e), this motion is untimely, as it was not made within 28 days after entry of the judgment. In any event, it seems unlikely that plaintiff intended the present motion to be construed as a motion to alter or amend judgment, as he previously timely filed such a motion (Doc. 253) after entry of the February 24, 2009 judgment; and the court denied that motion. Doc. 267. 1 -3-

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