G.P.P., Inc. v. Guardian Protection Products, Inc.

Filing 309

ORDER DENYING 302 Defendants' Motion to Amend the Judgment. Order signed by Magistrate Judge Sheila K. Oberto on 8/31/2017. (Timken, A)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 8 9 G.P.P., INC. d/b/a GUARDIAN INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS, 10 Plaintiff, 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 v. GUARDIAN PROTECTION PRODUCTS, INC., RPM WOOD FINISHES GROUP, INC., Defendants. _____________________________________/ Counterclaimant, 20 v. 21 23 24 25 26 27 28 ORDER DENYING DEFENDANTS’ MOTION TO AMEND JUDGMENT (Doc. 302) GUARDIAN PROTECTION PRODUCTS, INC., 19 22 Case No. 1:15-cv-00321-SKO G.P.P., INC. d/b/a GUARDIAN INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS, Counter-defendant. _____________________________________/ Before the Court is Defendants’ Motion to Amend Judgment (the “Motion”). (Doc. 302.) 1 2 In this Motion, Defendants request that the Court correct “an apparent clerical error” in the 3 Judgment in a Civil Action entered on June 30, 2017 (the “Judgment”) by adding additional 4 determinations made by the Court, as well as claims that Plaintiff purportedly abandoned. (See 5 id.) Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(a) states, in relevant part, that “[t]he court may correct 6 7 a clerical mistake or a mistake arising from oversight or omission whenever one is found in a 8 judgment, order, or other part of the record.” “In determining whether a mistake may be corrected 9 under Rule 60(a), ‘[the Ninth Circuit] focuses on what the court originally intended to do.’” 10 Tattersalls, Ltd. v. DeHaven, 745 F.3d 1294, 1297 (9th Cir. 2014) (quoting Blanton v. Anzalone, 11 813 F.2d 1574, 1577 (9th Cir. 1987)). “The basic distinction between ‘clerical mistakes’ and 12 mistakes that cannot be corrected pursuant to Rule 60(a) is that the former consists of ‘blunders in 13 execution’ whereas the latter consist of instances where the court changes its mind . . . .” Blanton, 14 813 F.2d at 1577 n.2. “The quintessential ‘clerical’ errors are where the court errs in transcribing 15 the judgment or makes a computational mistake.” Tattersalls, Ltd., 745 F.3d at 1297 (citation 16 omitted). Here, the Court’s intent is apparent by the clear terms of the Judgment. Specifically, the 17 18 Court repeatedly stated in the Judgment that judgment was entered in favor of certain parties on 19 some claims “in accordance with the jury verdict rendered on June 29, 2017.” (Doc. 288 at 1–2.) 20 As such, by its terms, the Judgment reflects only the jury’s verdict on certain claims and not any 21 other determinations made by the Court, or claims that Plaintiff purportedly abandoned at trial. 22 (See id.) Consequently, the Judgment does not include a clerical error or omission relating to 23 other determinations or potentially abandoned claims, and Defendants’ Motion is properly denied. For these reasons, the Court DENIES Defendants’ Motion. (Doc. 302.) 24 25 26 IT IS SO ORDERED. 27 Dated: 28 August 31, 2017 /s/ Sheila K. Oberto UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 2 .

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