HENOK v. CHASE HOME FINANCE, LLC et al
MEMORANDUM ORDER denying Henok's motion 57 for reconsideration. Signed by Chief Judge Richard W. Roberts on 7/29/13. (lcrwr1)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Civil Action No. 12-336 (RWR)
CHASE HOME FINANCE, LLC,
Pro se plaintiff Araya Henok brings this action against
Chase Home Finance, LLC (“Chase”) and Fannie Mae,1 challenging
the legality of the foreclosure on a property he owned on
16th Street N.E. in Washington, D.C. (“the property”).
moves for reconsideration of the memorandum opinion and order
entered May 30, 2013, which denied Henok’s partial summary
judgment motion and granted the defendants’ partial summary
judgment cross-motion on Henok’s Real Estate Settlement
Procedures Act (“RESPA”) claim.2
Citing the deed of trust, Henok
argues again that RESPA applies to the foreclosed property.
Shapiro and Burson, LLP was terminated as a defendant by
order dated April 17, 2013.
Henok also moves to withdraw his motion for partial summary
judgment on the RESPA claim. However, Chase’s cross-motion for
partial summary judgment was granted and judgment was entered for
Chase on the RESPA claim. Thus, Henok’s motion to withdraw his
motion for partial summary judgment is moot and his route to
relief must be his motion for reconsideration.
-2Chase opposes the motion for reconsideration, arguing that Henok
has presented no new facts or legal arguments to justify
Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 54(b), an
interlocutory order “may be revised at any time before the entry
of a judgment adjudicating all the claims and all the parties’
rights and liabilities.”
Fed. R. Civ. P. 54(b).
“Under Rule 54,
a court may reconsider an interlocutory decision ‘as justice
U.S. ex rel. Westrick v. Second Chance Body Armor,
Inc., 893 F. Supp. 2d 258, 268 (D.D.C. 2012) (quoting Capitol
Sprinkler Inspection, Inc. v. Guest Servs., Inc., 630 F.3d 217,
227 (D.C. Cir. 2011)).
Justice may so require where the court
has “‘patently misunderstood the parties, made a decision beyond
the adversarial issues presented, made an error in failing to
consider controlling decisions or data, or [where] a controlling
or significant change in the law has occurred.’”
DynCorp, 856 F. Supp. 2d 46, 51 (D.D.C. 2012) (quoting Negley v.
FBI, 825 F. Supp. 2d 58, 60 (D.D.C. 2011)).
“The moving party
has the burden of showing that reconsideration is warranted, and
that some harm or injustice would result if reconsideration were
to be denied.”
Pueschel v. Nat’l Air Traffic Controllers’ Ass’n,
606 F. Supp. 2d 82, 85 (D.D.C. 2009) (citing In Def. of Animals
v. Nat’l Insts. of Health, 543 F. Supp. 2d 70, 76 (D.D.C. 2008)).
“A court may properly exercise its discretion by denying a motion
-3for reconsideration that ‘raise[s] . . . arguments for
reconsideration the court ha[s] . . . already rejected on the
McLaughlin v. Holder, 864 F. Supp. 2d 134, 141 (D.D.C.
2012) (quoting Capitol Sprinkler Inspection Inc., 630 F.3d at
Indeed, “‘where litigants have once battled for the
court’s decision, they should neither be required, nor without
good reason permitted, to battle for it again.’”
Hartman, 332 F. Supp. 2d 252, 257 (D.D.C. 2004) (quoting Zdanok
v. Glidden Co., Durkee Famous Foods Div., 327 F.2d 944, 953 (2d
Here, Henok does not assert that the court misunderstood the
parties, made a decision beyond the issues presented, or failed
to consider controlling precedent.
Instead, Henok repeats the
same facts and raises the same legal argument which was
previously rejected on the merits.
In particular, Henok asserts
again that the deed of trust makes RESPA applicable to his
See Pl.’s Mot. for Recons. at 1; Pl.’s Mot. for
Partial Summ. J. at 3.
Henok’s attempt to relitigate the same
issue in his motion for reconsideration does not satisfy Rule
Since Henok has not shown that
reconsideration of the May 30, 2013 memorandum opinion and order
is warranted by presenting any new facts or legal arguments to
satisfy the “as justice requires” standard, his motion will be
Accordingly, it is hereby
-4ORDERED that Henok’s motion  for reconsideration be, and
hereby is, DENIED.
SIGNED this 29th day of July, 2013.
RICHARD W. ROBERTS
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