Rolland v. Carnation Building Services, Inc, et al
ORDER denying 39 Defendant's Motion for Reconsideration by Magistrate Judge Nina Y. Wang on 04/13/16.(nmarb, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 16-cv-00057-CMA-NYW
RONNIE R. ROLLAND,
CARNATION BUILDING SERVICES, INC.,
ORDER OF UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Magistrate Judge Nina Y. Wang
This matter is before the court on Defendant’s Motion for Reconsideration of Order
Dated April 8, 2016 (the “Motion for Reconsideration”). [#39, filed Apr. 10, 2016].
Motion for Reconsideration was referred to the undersigned Magistrate Judge pursuant to the
Order of Reference dated February 16, 2016 [#12] and the Memorandum dated April 12, 2016
Defendant requests reconsideration of this court’s Order dated April 8, 2016 in which this
court denied Defendant’s request to strike Plaintiff Ronnie Rolland’s response in opposition to
Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss. See [#38]. Defendant urges reconsideration of that Order on
the basis that Plaintiff’s response to the motion to dismiss is verbose and preparing a reply to the
response is costly for Defendant. See generally [id.].
“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. Thus, a motion for reconsideration is appropriate where 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) (internal citation omitted). A motion
for reconsideration “is not at the disposal of parties who want to rehash old arguments.” Nat’l
Bus. Brokers Ltd. v. Jim Williamson Prods., Inc., 115 F. Supp. 2d 1250, 1256 (D.Colo. 2000)
(citations and quotations omitted). Indeed, a motion for reconsideration is appropriate only
“when the court has made a mistake not of reasoning but of apprehension” or “if there has been a
significant change or development in the law or facts.” Rosenthal v. Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc.,
945 F.Supp. 1412, 1420 (D. Colo. 1996) (quotations and citations omitted).
Here, Defendant points to no intervening change in the controlling law and no new
evidence previously unavailable. Instead, Defendant’s argument centers on the premise that
preparing a reply to Plaintiff’s response is costly and burdensome on Defendant. The court
considered this argument in ruling on Defendant’s Motion to Strike, and Defendant has presented
no new facts in the present Motion for Reconsideration. Indeed, Defendant appears to simply
seek to reargue the same points that the court previously found to be unavailing.
As a pro se litigant, Plaintiff is afforded more procedural leeway than if he were
represented. While Plaintiff’s response in opposition to the motion to dismiss totaled 21 pages,
which is slightly longer than the 15 pages typically allowed under Judge Arguello’s Practice
Standards, this court has accepted Plaintiff’s brief as filed based on an exercise of discretion that
striking the brief would not promote a just, speedy, or inexpensive resolution of this matter. Fed.
R. Civ. P. 1. Instead, it seems that striking this pleading with the direction to revise and refile it
would only multiply these proceedings, to no practical end. Furthermore, the court specifically
warned Plaintiff that failure to comply with the page limit in the future will result in the
offending pleading being stricken.
Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that Defendant’s Motion for Reconsideration of Order
Dated April 8, 2016 [#39] is DENIED.
DATED: April 13, 2016
BY THE COURT:
s/Nina Y. Wang__________
United States Magistrate Judge
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