Loja v. Main Street Acquisition Corp. et al
MEMORANDUM Order: For the reasons stated in this memorandum order, plaintiff's motion for reconsideration 20 is denied. Signed by the Honorable Milton I. Shadur on 6/20/2017:Mailed notice(clw, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
MAIN STREET ACQUISITION CORP.,
Case No. 17 C 1251
Mario Loja ("Loja") has filed a motion for reconsideration of this Court's May 12, 2017
entry of judgment in favor of defendants on all counts (Dkt. Nos. 17 and 18). That motion is
essentially based on an approach that is appropriate for a summary judgment determination of
the existence or nonexistence of a genuine issue of material fact, in which the facts are viewed
most favorably to the nonmovant, with reasonable favorable inferences from those facts.
But by sharp contrast, unambiguous congressional enactments must be read literally,
without modifying their terms by inferential judgments as to what Congress might have done and
said if it had considered the problem now before the court. This Court has always sought to
adhere faithfully to that principle, under which neither the judiciary nor any other agency of
government can engage in rewriting unambiguous congressional language. That is analogous to
the principle that the subject matter jurisdiction of federal courts, which except for the Supreme
Court is solely the product of congressional enactment, extends only to the boundaries Congress
In this instance this Court's decision, once again challenged by Loja, was based on the
statutory definitions contained in the legislation at issue. And by sheer chance a unanimous
Supreme Court has just last week announced and applied the identical principle in Henson v.
Santander Consumer USA Inc., No. 16-349, 2017 WL 2507342 (S. Ct. June 12, 2017), which
adheres to the literal language and meaning of definitions enacted by Congress in the statute
there at issue even though some Courts of Appeals (including our own) had done otherwise.
Accordingly it is unnecessary for defense counsel to respond to Loja's motion for
reconsideration. It is denied.
Milton I. Shadur
Senior United States District Judge
Date: June 20, 2017
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