Collins et al v. Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) et al
ORDER denying Plaintiffs' pro se objections 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , 10 , and 11 , by Judge Lewis T. Babcock on 6/6/13. (dkals, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 13-cv-01331-BNB
DAVID LEE COLLINS,
JOHN BOYD BOWRING,
JOHN B. TAYLOR,
WAYNE ALLEN SATER,
DARREL E. PATTERSON, and
RONALD DEAN GRAFF,
CORRECTIONS CORPORATION OF AMERICA (CCA),
VANCE EVERETT, Warden, KCCC/CCA or Warden[/]Superintendent Designee,
ORDER DENYING MOTIONS FOR RECONSIDERATION
This matter is before the Court on the Plaintiffs’ pro se objections (ECF Nos. 6, 7,
8, 9, 10, and 11 filed June 3, 2013) to the Order for Summary Remand (ECF No. 4). On
May 24, 2013, the Court summarily remanded six state court civil cases – Nos.
2012cv27, 2012cv29, 2012cv49, 2013cv1, 2013cv8, and 2013cv9 – filed in the Kit
Carson County Combined Court in Burlington, Colorado, that Plaintiffs attempted to
remove to this Court. Plaintiffs ask the Court to reconsider its May 24 Order for
The Court must construe the objections liberally because Plaintiffs are not
represented by an attorney. See Haines v. Kerner, 404 U.S. 519, 520-21 (1972); Hall v.
Bellmon, 935 F.2d 1106, 1110 (10th Cir. 1991). However, the Court should not act as
an advocate for a pro se litigant. See Hall, 935 F.2d at 1110. For the reasons stated
below, the objections will be treated as motions to reconsider, and the motions will be
An order remanding a removed case to state court ordinarily is not reviewable on
appeal or otherwise, unless the state case was removed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §§ 1442
or 1443. See 28 U.S.C. § 1447(d). Plaintiffs failed, both in the notice of removal and in
the liberally construed motions for reconsideration, to state grounds that justify the
removal of the state court civil cases to this Court. Therefore, § 1447(d) does not allow
the Court to review its prior decision.
A litigant subject to an adverse judgment, and who seeks reconsideration by the
district court of that adverse judgment, may “file either a motion to alter or amend the
judgment pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e) or a motion seeking relief from the judgment
pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b).” Van Skiver v. United States, 952 F.2d 1241, 1243
(10th Cir. 1991). A motion to alter or amend the judgment must be filed within twentyeight days after the judgment is entered. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e). The Court will
consider Plaintiffs’ June 3 motions pursuant to Rule 59(e) because the motions were
filed within twenty-eight days after the summary remand was entered in this action. See
Van Skiver, 952 F.2d at 1243 (stating that motion to reconsider filed within ten-day limit
for filing a Rule 59(e) motion under prior version of that rule should be construed as a
Rule 59(e) motion).
A Rule 59(e) motion may be granted “to correct manifest errors of law or to
present newly discovered evidence.” Phelps v. Hamilton, 122 F.3d 1309, 1324 (10th
Cir. 1997) (internal quotation marks omitted). Relief under Rule 59(e) also is
appropriate when “the court has misapprehended the facts, a party’s position, or the
controlling law.” Servants of the Paraclete v. Does, 204 F.3d 1005, 1012 (10th Cir.
2000). However, a Rule 59(e) motion is not a new opportunity to revisit issues already
addressed or to advance arguments that could have been raised previously. See id.
The Court summarily remanded Plaintiffs’ six state civil actions because their
notice of removal was deficient and the Court lacked subject matter jurisdiction. The
May 24 order discusses in detail the reasons for the summary remand.
Upon consideration of the motions and the entire file, the Court finds that
Plaintiffs fail to demonstrate some reason why the Court should reconsider and vacate
the order of summary remand. The Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e) motions do not alter the
Court’s conclusion that this action properly was remanded summarily. Therefore, the
Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e) motions will be denied.
Accordingly, it is
ORDERED that Plaintiffs’ pro se objections (ECF Nos. 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and 11 filed
June 3, 2013) to the Order for Summary Remand (ECF No. 4), which the Court has
treated as motions to reconsider, are denied.
DATED at Denver, Colorado, this 6th day of
June , 2013.
BY THE COURT:
s/ Lewis T. Babcock
LEWIS T. BABCOCK, Senior Judge
United States District Court
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