Sadler v. Nationstar Mortgage LLC
ORDER denying 59 Plaintiff Susan J. Sadler's Motion for Reconsideration and Opposition to Consolidation. Signed by Judge Sheri Polster Chappell on 10/18/2016. (LMF)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF FLORIDA
FORT MYERS DIVISION
SUSAN J. SADLER,
Case No: 2:15-cv-351-FtM-38MRM
This matter comes before the Court on Plaintiff Susan J. Sadler's Motion for
Reconsideration and Opposition to Consolidation (Doc. #59) filed on September 29, 2016.
Defendant Experian Information Solutions, Inc. filed a Response in Opposition on
September 30, 2016. (Doc. #60). This Motion is now ripe for the Court’s review.
On September 16, 2016, Defendant Experian Information Solutions, Inc.
(“Defendant Experian”) filed a Partially Unopposed Motion to Consolidate Related Cases
in a companion case docket, which this Court granted.2 See Sadler v. Experian
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Due to an error in the Clerk’s office, Defendant Experian’s Partially Unopposed Motion to Consolidate
Related Cases was docketed under the heading, “Unopposed Motion to Consolidate Related Cases.” See
Sadler v. Experian Information Solutions, Inc., 2:16-cv-534-FtM-38MRM. Consequently, this Court issued
an order consolidating the related cases. See id. The Court takes notice of the fact that Defendant Experian
actually filed a Partially Unopposed Motion to Consolidate Related Cases. The Court will now entertain
Plaintiff’s Motion opposing such consolidation as she was previously denied an opportunity to respond. See
Information Solutions, Inc., 2:16-cv-534-FtM-38MRM. Plaintiff now moves the Court to
reconsider consolidating the action styled, Sadler v. Experian Information Solutions, Inc.,
2:16-cv-534-FtM-38MRM, with the instant action, Sadler v. Nationstar Mortgage LLC,
2:15-cv-351-FtM-38MRM.3 The instant action additionally includes Defendant Nationstar
Mortgage LLC (“Defendant Nationstar”).
A district court has considerable discretion in deciding whether to grant a motion
for reconsideration. See Drago v. Jenne, 453 F.3d 1301, 1305 (11th Cir. 2006); Deutsche
Bank Nat'l Trust Co. v. Holyfield, No. 8:08-cv-1101, 2008 WL 2557591, at *1 (M.D. Fla.
June 20, 2008). In exercising this discretion, the court balances two competing interests:
the need for finality and the need to render just rulings based on all the facts. The former
typically prevails, as reconsideration of an order is an extraordinarily remedy that is used
sparingly. See Am. Ass'n of People with Disabilities v. Hood, 278 F. Supp. 2d 1337, 1339
(M.D. Fla. 2003); Lamar Adver. of Mobile, Inc. v. City of Lakeland, 189 F.R.D. 480, 489
(M.D. Fla. 1999). "A motion for reconsideration must demonstrate why the court should
reconsider its prior decision and set forth facts or law of a strongly convincing nature to
induce the court to reverse its prior decision." Fla. Coll. of Osteopathic Med., Inc. v. Dean
Witter Reynolds, Inc., 12 F. Supp. 2d 1306, 1308 (M.D. Fla. 1998).
Plaintiff objects to the consolidation of Sadler v. Nationstar Mortgage LLC, 2:16cv-534-FtM-38MRM with the instant action on several grounds. See (Doc. #59). She
(Doc. #59); see also McCreary v. Brevard Cnty, Fla., No. 6:09-cv-1394, 2010 WL 2836709, at *1 (M.D. Fla.
July 19, 2010) (recognizing reconsideration where the court finds grounds to correct a clear error).
contends consolidation of the actions would reopen discovery and needlessly delay trial.
(Doc. #59 at 2). Plaintiff additionally asserts there are substantial differences in the
underlying facts and legal theories in both actions. (Doc. #59 at 3).
In response, Defendant Experian contends a 30 day extension of deadlines would
not needlessly delay trial given the overlap of facts and allegations in the two relevant
actions. (Doc. #60 at 2). Defendant Experian reiterates to the Court that Plaintiff files
verbatim claims against it and Defendant Nationstar, intertwining both Defendant parties.
(Doc. #60 at 4). As a final measure, Defendant Experian adds that the costs of maintaining
two lawsuits would increase due to the same witnesses being subject to a new round of
discovery. (Doc. #60 at 3-4). The Court agrees.
A court typically weighs the following when deciding consolidation:
[W]hether the specific risks of prejudice and possible confusion [are]
overborne by the risk of inconsistent adjudications of common factual and
legal issues, the burden on parties, witnesses and available judicial
resources posed by multiple lawsuits, the length of time required to
conclude multiple suits as against a single one, and the relative expense to
all concerned of the single-trial, multiple-trial alternatives.
Hendrix v. Raybestos-Manhattan, Inc., 776 F.2d 1492, 1495 (11th Cir. 1985) (citation
omitted). Here, the Court granted consolidation as both actions involved the same
disputes, communications, documents, witnesses, and legal issues. While the two actions
allege different violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), the Court finds such
difference slight in comparison to the overall benefit of consolidating the two actions. The
underlying facts, allegations, and request for damages in both actions sufficiently overlap
to justify consolidation. Furthermore, Defendant Experian has already indicated to the
Court that it requires minimal additional discovery to supplement the discovery already
completed in the instant action. (Doc. #60 at 3).
Consequently, the Court finds no new law or facts present to refute its prior ruling.
See Fla. Coll. of Osteopathic Med., Inc., 12 F. Supp. 2d at 1308 (where a motion for
reconsideration must set forth facts or law strong enough to cause the Court to reverse
its prior decision). For the reasons stated above, the Court denies to undo its
consolidation of Sadler v. Nationstar Mortgage LLC, 2:16-cv-534-FtM-38MRM with the
Accordingly, it is now
Plaintiff Susan J. Sadler's Motion for Reconsideration and Opposition to
Consolidation (Doc. #59) is DENIED.
DONE and ORDERED in Fort Myers, Florida this 18th day of October, 2016.
Copies: All Parties of Record
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