Gebremedhin et al v. American Family Mutual Insurance Company
ORDER. ORDERED that Defendant's Motion for Reconsideration 184 is DENIED. Signed by Judge Christine M. Arguello on 02/05/16.(jhawk, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Judge Christine M. Arguello
Civil Action No. 13-cv-02813-CMA-BNB
WELDESAMUEL GEBREMEDHIN, an individual,
TERHAS DESTA, an individual,
ABRHAM GIDAY, a minor, by and through his guardians and natural parents,
Weldesamuel Gebremedhin and Terhas Desta,
AMERICAN FAMILY MUTUAL INSURANCE COMPANY,
ORDER DENYING DEFENDANT’S MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION
This matter is before the Court on Defendant’s Motion for Reconsideration. (Doc.
# 184.) Because Defendant has not shown clear error or manifest injustice warranting
reconsideration, the motion is denied.
The facts and background of this case are set forth in detail in Gebremedhin et al
v. American Family Mutual Insurance Company, No. 13-cv-02813-CMA-NYW. On
March 31, 2015, this Court granted three motions to dismiss filed by Third-Party
Defendants Glenn Turner, Veronica Turner, Special Kids Special Families, Inc. (SKSF),
Granite State Insurance Company (GSIU), and National Union Fire Insurance Company
of Pittsburgh (NUFIC). (Doc. # 177.) On April 14, 2015, Defendant filed a Motion for
Reconsideration of the order, specifically requesting a reversal of the dismissal of Third-
Party Defendants GSIU and NUFIC. (Doc. # 184.) On May 5, 2015, GSIU and NUFIC
filed a response. (Doc. # 195.) Defendant filed a reply on May 21, 2015. (Doc. # 197.)
Defendant seeks reconsideration of the dismissal of its third-party complaint
against GSIU and NUFIC. (Doc. # 184.) The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure do not
explicitly authorize a motion for reconsideration. However, the Rules allow a litigant
who was subject to an adverse judgment to file a motion to change the judgment
pursuant to Rule 59(e) or a motion seeking relief from the judgment pursuant to Rule
60(b). Van Skiver v. United States, 952 F.2d 1241, 1243 (10th Cir. 1991). While the
Court has discretion to reconsider an interlocutory order, the grounds warranting
reconsideration are limited and occur only in “exceptional situation[s].” Proctor &
Gamble v. Haugen, 222 F.3d 1262, 1271 (10th Cir. 2000). “Absent extraordinary
circumstances . . . the basis for the second motion must not have been available at the
time the first motion was filed.” Servants of the Paraclete v. Does, 204 F.3d 1005, 1012
(10th Cir. 2000). Grounds warranting a motion to reconsider include “(1) an intervening
change in the controlling law, (2) new evidence previously unavailable, and (3) the need
to correct clear error or prevent manifest injustice.” Id. “Thus, a motion for
reconsideration is appropriate where the court has misapprehended the facts, a party's
position, or the controlling law.” Id. A motion for reconsideration is not appropriate to
revisit issues already addressed or advance arguments that could have been raised in
prior briefing. See Van Skiver, 952 F.2d at 1243.
Defendant contends this Court “made several clear errors of law and
misapprehended several facts” in its order dismissing the third-party complaint against
GSIU and NUFIC. (Doc. # 184.) As an initial matter, this Court notes Defendant’s
prayer for reconsideration inappropriately revisits issues that have already been
addressed and advances arguments that could have been — and in many cases were
— raised in prior briefing. To the extent that Defendant produces any new evidence,
there is certainly no indication that it was previously unavailable.
Still, this Court has conducted a comprehensive review of the record, including
an examination of the third-party complaint, the underlying motion to dismiss, the order
dismissing the third-party complaint, the Defendant’s motion for reconsideration, and all
relevant pleadings. This Court concludes Defendant, in merely reiterating arguments
already considered by this court, failed to meet its extraordinary burden of
demonstrating clear error.
Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that Defendant’s Motion for Reconsideration
(Doc. # 184) is DENIED.
DATED: February 5, 2016
BY THE COURT:
CHRISTINE M. ARGUELLO
United States District Judge
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