Bosworth v. Burnside et al
ORDER denying 35 Motion for Reconsideration. Ordered by Judge C. Ashley Royal on 4/12/11 (lap)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF GEORGIA
RICK MARTIN BOSWORTH,
No. 5:10-CV-128 (CAR)
ORDER PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION
This matter comes before the Court on Plaintiff Rick Bosworth’s Motion to Alter or Amend
Judgment [Doc. 35]. Through his motion, Bosworth seeks reconsideration of the United States
Magistrate Judge’s Order denying his motion to amend his complaint [Doc. 33]. For the reasons
set forth below, Bosworth’s Motion [Doc. 35] is DENIED.
In his motion, Bosworth states that he was acting in an abundance of caution in filing his
motion to amend because he wanted to notify the court that he would file an amended complaint if
given leave to do so. He goes on to state that his amendments would be directed to important but
correctable defects that Defendants highlighted in their motions (presumably the Motion for
Summary Judgment [Doc. 21]). He argues that this Court has previously allowed pro se plaintiffs
to summarize proposed amendments in a motion to amend, and then ordered plaintiffs to file an
amended complaint by a certain date. He asserts that his proposed motions would not prejudice
Defendants. Finally, he concludes by asking the Court to reconsider the Magistrate Judge’s prior
decision denying his motion to his amend his complaint.
Bosworth has failed to establish any ground for reconsidering the Magistrate Judge’s prior
order. “Motions for reconsideration should be granted only if: (1) there has been an intervening
change in controlling law; (2) new evidence has been discovered; or (3) reconsideration is needed
to correct clear error or prevent manifest injustice.” Ctr. for Biological Diversity v. Hamilton, 385
F. Supp. 2d 1330, 1337 (N.D. Ga. 2005). Bosworth does not bring forth any changes in controlling
law or new evidence, nor has he convinced the Court that reconsideration is necessary to correct a
clear error or prevent manifest injustice.
Bosworth’s motion for reconsideration suffers from the same defect as his motion to amend
Neither document spells out or even summarizes in a meaningful way the
amendments he wishes to make. In that respect, his motion fails by his own terms. In his motion,
Bosworth asserts that this Court has allowed pro se plaintiffs to summarize proposed amendments
and then file an amended complaint at a later date. Bosworth, however, has not even summarized
his proposed amendments. Without that information, the Magistrate Judge was unable to determine
whether leave to amend should be granted. See Foman v. Davis, 371 U.S. 178, 182 (1962) (stating
that when considering a motion to amend, a district court should consider factors “such as undue
delay, bad faith or dilatory motive on the part of the movant, repeated failure to cure deficiencies
by amendments previously allowed, undue prejudice to the opposing party by virtue of allowance
of the amendment, [or] futility of amendment”).
Without knowing some particulars as to
Bosworth’s proposed amendments, the Magistrate Judge could not evaluate whether Defendants
would be unduly prejudiced or whether the amendments would be futile. Bosworth’s motion for
reconsideration suffers from same the defect. Without any indication as to the actual substance of
the amendments he proposes to make, the Court lacks any basis for concluding that the Magistrate
Judge’s order denying leave to amend was clearly erroneous or worked a manifest injustice.
Bosworth’s Motion [Doc. 35] is DENIED.
SO ORDERED this 12th day of April, 2011.
S/ C. Ashley Royal
C. ASHLEY ROYAL, JUDGE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
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