Thompson v. Vidurria et al
MEMORANDUM DECISION and ORDER Denying 90 Motion for Reconsideration signed by Chief Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill on 02/03/2017. (Flores, E)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
MEMORANDUM DECISION AND
ORDER RE PLAINTIFF’S MOTION
FOR RECONSIDERATION (Doc. 90)
VIDURRIA AND MARTINEZ,
Plaintiff Tyrone Thompson, a state inmate proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis, moves under
13 Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b) for reconsideration of the Court’s order adopting in full the
14 Magistrate Judge’s Findings & Recommendations (“F&Rs”) and granting Defendants’ motion for
15 summary judgment.
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b) governs the reconsideration of final orders of the district
17 court. Rule 60(b) permits a district court to relieve a party from a final order or judgment on grounds of:
18 “(1) mistake, inadvertence, surprise, or excusable neglect; (2) newly discovered evidence . . .; (3) fraud .
19 . . of an adverse party; (4) the judgment is void; (5) the judgment has been satisfied . . . or (6) any other
20 reason justifying relief from the operation of the judgment.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b). A motion under Rule
21 60(b) must be made within a reasonable time, in any event “not more than one year after the judgment,
22 order, or proceeding was entered or taken.” Id.
Moreover, when filing a motion for reconsideration, Local Rule 230(j) requires a party to show
24 the “new or different facts or circumstances claimed to exist which did not exist or were not shown upon
25 such prior motion, or what other grounds exist for the motion.” Motions to reconsider are committed to
the discretion of the trial court. Combs v. Nick Garin Trucking, 825 F.2d 437, 441 (D.C. Cir. 1987);
Rodgers v. Watt, 722 F.2d 456, 460 (9th Cir. 1983) (en banc). To succeed, a party must set forth facts or
law of a strongly convincing nature to induce the court to reverse its prior decision. See, e.g., Kern-
Tulare Water Dist. v. City of Bakersfield, 634 F. Supp. 656, 665 (E.D. Cal. 1986), aff’d in part and rev’d
in part on other grounds, 828 F.2d 514 (9th Cir. 1987).
The Court has reviewed the relevant record, the F&Rs, Plaintiff’s objections to the F&Rs, and
Plaintiff’s Rule 60(b) motion. Plaintiff has not provided any ground that would justify reconsideration of
the Court’s summary judgment order. The basis for Plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration is two-fold.
First, he claims the Court erred in construing his complaint as alleging that he requires a wheelchair
10 accessible van, when he made no such allegation, and only alleged that he is medically unable to use
11 stairs. Doc. 90 at 4. Plaintiff’s assertion is effectively belied by the allegation in his complaint that
12 Defendant Vidurria violated his Eighth Amendment right to medical treatment by refusing to obtain a
13 wheelchair accessible van to take Plaintiff to a medical appointment. See Doc. 1 at 7-8. Further, as the
14 Court explained, the evidence in the record did not support Plaintiff’s contention that he required a
15 wheelchair accessible van. See Doc. 81 at 6. In any event, as the Court also explained, Plaintiff did not
16 suffer any injury as a result of missing a medical appointment when he refused to use a non-wheelchair
17 accessible van to be transported to the appointment. Id. at 7-8.
The second basis for Plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration is that the Court erred in stating that
19 Dr. Bick was Plaintiff’s primary care physician, when it was Dr. Ko at all relevant times. Doc. 90 at 5-6.
20 Even assuming this is true, it has no bearing on the Court’s analysis or the outcome of this case.
Accordingly, Plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration is DENIED.
23 IT IS SO ORDERED.
/s/ Lawrence J. O’Neill _____
February 3, 2017
UNITED STATES CHIEF DISTRICT JUDGE
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