Ragland et al v. Ortiz et al
WRITTEN Opinion entered by the Honorable Virginia M. Kendall on 3/18/2013:For the reasons set forth, Plaintiffs Motion for Reconsideration 214 is denied. (For further details see attached Order) Mailed notice(tlp, )
Order Form (01/2005)
United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Name of Assigned Judge
or Magistrate Judge
Virginia M. Kendall
08 C 6157
Sitting Judge if Other
than Assigned Judge
RAGLAND, ET AL vs. ORTIZ, ET AL
DOCKET ENTRY TEXT
For the reasons set forth, Plaintiff’s Motion for Reconsideration  is denied.
O[ For further details see text below.]
Docketing to mail notices.
On September 14, 2012, this Court issued an order in which it adopted the well-reasoned and thorough
Report and Recommendation issued by Magistrate Judge Sidney I. Schenkier with respect to Plaintiff Tyresse
Ragland’s (“Plaintiff”) petition for attorneys’ fees. As a result, the Court awarded Plaintiff $170,118 in
attorneys’ fees. Not satisfied with that ruling, Plaintiff now moves the Court to reconsider its decision and award
him $302,810 in attorneys fees despite the fact that the judgment entered in his favor was only $52,500.
Plaintiff’s motion treats the Court’s ruling like an opponent’s brief instead of a binding judicial order that must
be followed. If the Plaintiff believes the Court erred in reaching its decision, his proper recourse is to appeal the
decision to the Seventh Circuit, not to file serial motions here that merely rehash the same arguments that were
previously rejected by this Court. Accordingly, Plaintiff’s motion is denied.
Motions for reconsideration are extraordinary in nature and are viewed with disfavor. See, e.g., Bank of
Waunakee v. Rochester Cheese Sales, Inc., 906 F.2d 1185, 1991 (7th Cir. 1990); see also Marmi E. Graniti
D’Italia Sicilmarmi S.p.A. v. Universal Granite and Marble, 757 F. Supp. 2d 773, 781 (N.D. Ill. 2010). A motion
for reconsideration is not an appropriate vehicle for relitigating arguments that the court previously rejected or
for arguing issues that could have been raised during the consideration of the motion presently under
reconsideration. See Caisse Nationale de Credit Agricole v. CBI Industries, Inc., 90 F.3d 1264, 1270 (7th Cir.
1996). As a result, they are appropriate only: (1) where a court has misunderstood a party; (2) where the court
has made a decision outside the adversarial issues presented; (3) where the court has made an error of
apprehension; (4) where a significant change in the law has occurred; or (5) where significant new facts have
been discovered. See Broaddus v. Shields, 665 F.3d 846, 860 (7th Cir. 2011) (citing Bank of Waunakee, 906 F.2d
at 1191). Indeed “[a] motion to reconsider is frivolous if it contains no new evidence or arguments of law that
explain why the [court] should change an original order that was proper when made.” Magnus Electronics, Inc.
v. Masco Corp. of Indiana, 871 F.2d 626, 630 (7th Cir. 1989).
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Plaintiff does not contend that the Court made a decision outside the adversarial issues presented, that
a significant change in the law has occurred or that significant new facts have been discovered. Rather, in
conclusory fashion, Plaintiff argues that the Court has made an error of apprehension in its decision approving
the Report and Recommendation that Ms. Dymkar be awarded $330/hour and Mr. Bowers be awarded $310/hour.
However, Plaintiff fails to identify what the Court’s purported misapprehension was. Rather, he merely rehashes
his previous arguments for why attorneys Dymkar and Bowers are entitled to a higher billing rate. It is
inappropriate for the Plaintiff to file a motion for reconsideration merely because he disagrees with the Court.
Indeed, Plaintiff’s other arguments seek to reargue issues the Court considered and ruled upon in its
September 14, 2012 memorandum opinion and order. Namely, Plaintiff complains that: (1) the reduction of 37.2
hours for the participation of both Plaintiff’s attorneys at certain depositions was unreasonable and unfair; and
(2) that the lodestar here is the presumptive fee and it should not be reduced by 35%. The Court addressed all
of these arguments in its September 14th Opinion. It is inappropriate for the Plaintiff to raise them again. See
Caisse Nationale, 90 F.3d at 1270.
Finally, Plaintiff raises the argument that Judge Schenkier’s ruling in this case was inconsistent with his
fee awards in other cases. As an example, Plaintiff cites an opinion Judge Schenkier issued on October 4, 2012
in a Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits case entitled Rendl v. Astrue, No. 09 C 2695, 2012 WL
4754737 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 4, 2012) in which he found the plaintiff’s attorney’s requested hourly rate of $645 per
hour was reasonable. However, no two cases are the same. Just because Judge Schenkier believed $645 per hour
was reasonable in one case does not mean that Plaintiff’s attorneys’ requested fees are reasonable in this case.
See, e.g., McGuire v. Carrier Corp., No. 09 C 315, 2010 WL 231099, *1 (S.D. Ind. Jan. 13, 2010) (rejecting
argument that inconsistent decisions warrant vacation of fee award because “[a]s Plaintiff surely realizes, no two
cases are alike”). Indeed, the Seventh Circuit recognizes that a judge’s exercise of discretion necessarily ensures
inconsistency between awards. See Johnson v. Daley, 339 F.3d 582, 593-94 (7th Cir. 2003) (“the district judge’s
substantial discretion, which implies deferential appellate review of fee awards, ensures inconsistency”); cf Miller
v. Artistic Cleaners, 153 F.3d 781, 784 (7th Cir. 1998) (explaining that, inter alia, the Seventh Circuit gives a
high degree of deference to a lower court’s determination of an attorney fee award because “the need to achieve
uniformity in attorney’s fees awards is not so compelling as to justify a high level of scrutiny”). Accordingly,
the fact that Judge Schenkier awarded a higher rate to a different attorney in an unrelated case has no bearing on
whether his decision, and this Court’s adoption of that decision, to award to Plaintiff’s attorneys’ hourly rates
of $330 and $310 was correct. Therefore, this argument provides no basis for this Court to reconsider its
September 14, 2012 Opinion. Accordingly, the Plaintiff’s motion fails to raise any grounds that warrant
reconsideration of the Court’s September 14, 2012 Opinion.
For the reasons set forth above, Plaintiff’s Motion for Reconsideration is denied.
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