Nash v. Connections CPS Inc. et al
MEMORANDUM. Signed by Judge Gregory M. Sleet on 3/31/17. (sar)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF DELAWARE
ANTHONY A. NASH,
) Civ. Action No. 16-896-GMS
CONNECTIONS CSP, INC., et al.,
The plaintiff, Anthony A. Nash ("Nash"), an inmate at the Howard R. Young
Correctional Institution, Wilmington, Delaware, filed this lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. 1
(D.I. 3.) Nash appears prose and has paid the filing fee. The operative amended complaint is
found at D.I. 39. Presently before the Court are Nash's motion for reconsideration and requests
for entry of default. (D.I. 40, 41, 42, 45, 50)
I. MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION
On January 23, 2017, the court denied Nash's motion for injunctive relief wherein he
contended that he was not receiving necessary dental treatment and claimed the treatment he
needs is denied him as retaliation. (D.I. 37, 38.) Nash moves for reconsideration and has also
amended the motion. (D.I. 41, 45.)
The standard for obtaining relief under Rule 59(e) is difficult for Nash to meet. The
purpose of a motion for reconsideration is to "correct manifest errors of law or fact or to present
newly discovered evidence." Max's Seafood Cafe ex rel. Lou-Ann, Inc. v. Quinteros, 176 F.3d
669, 677 (3d Cir. 1999). "A proper Rule 59(e) motion ... must rely on one of three grounds:
When bringing a § 1983 claim, a plaintiff must allege that some person has deprived him
of a federal right, and that the person who caused the deprivation acted under color of state law.
West v. Atkins, 487 U.S. 42, 48 (1988).
( 1) an intervening change in controlling law; (2) the availability of new evidence; or (3) the need
to correct a clear error of law or fact or to prevent manifest injustice. Lazaridis v. Wehmer, 591
F .3d 666, 669 (3d Cir. 2010) (citing N River Ins. Co. v. CIGNA Reinsurance Co., 52 F .3d 1194,
1218 (3d Cir. 1995)). A motion for reconsideration is not properly grounded on a request that a
court rethink a decision already made. See Glendon Energy Co. v. Borough o.f Glendon, 836 F.
Supp. 1109, 1122 (E.D. Pa. 1993). Motions for reargument or reconsideration may not be used
"as a means to argue new facts or issues that inexcusably were not presented to the court in the
matter previously decided." Brambles USA, Inc. v. Blocker, 735 F. Supp. 1239, 1240 (D. Del.
1990). Reargument, however, may be appropriate where "the Court has patently misunderstood
a party, or has made a decision outside the adversarial issues presented to the court by the parties,
or has made an error not of reasoning but of apprehension." Brambles USA, 735 F. Supp. at
1241 (D. Del. 1990) (citations omitted); See also D. Del. LR 7.1.5.
In denying the motion for injunctive relief the court reviewed the motion, the record, and
the applicable law. The court has again reviewed the record and finds that Nash has failed to
demonstrate any grounds to warrant reconsideration of the January 23, 2017 order. Therefore,
the court will deny the motions for reconsideration. (D.I. 41, 45.)
II. REQUESTS FOR ENTRY OF DEFAULT
Nash requests entry of default as to the defendants Connections CSP, Inc., C/O Clark,
Mary Parker, Taurance Bishop, Christine Claudio, Karen Lewis, Tracy Crews, and Doctor
Phillips. (D.I. 40, 42, 50.) Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 55(a), when a party against whom a
judgment for affirmative relief is sought has failed to plead or otherwise defend, and that failure
is shown by affidavit or otherwise, the clerk must enter the party's default. Default may be
entered only against a party who has been properly served. See United States v. One Toshiba
Color Television, 213 F.3d 147, 156 (3d Cir. 2000). Here, C/O Clark has been properly served
while the defendants Connections CSP, Inc., Mary Parker, Taurance Bishop, Christine Claudio,
Karen Lewis, Tracy Crews, and Doctor Phillips have yet to be served. (See D.I. 9, receipt of
service via electronic means.) Therefore, entry of default is appropriate as to C/O Clark but, at
this time, is not appropriate as to Connections CSP, Inc., Mary Parker, Taurance Bishop,
Christine Claudio, Karen Lewis, Tracy Crews, and Doctor Phillips. Accordingly, the court will
grant Nash's requests for entry of default (D.1. 40, 41, 50) as to CIO Clark and otherwise denied
as to the remaining defendants.
For the above reasons, the court will: (I) deny the plaintiff's motion for reconsideration
and amended motion for reconsideration (D.1. 41, 45); (2) grant the plaintiff's requests for entry
of default as to C/O Clark (D.I. 40, 42, 50); and deny the plaintiff's requests for entry of default
as to Connections CSP, Inc., Mary Parker, Taurance Bishop, Christine Claudio, Karen Lewis,
Tracy Crews, and Doctor Phillips (D.I. 40, 42).
An appropriate order will be entered.
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