Filing 44

ENTRY on Motion to Reconsider - The Plaintiffs' Motion for Reconsideration (Docket No. 40 ) is DENIED. Signed by Judge William T. Lawrence on 6/24/2010. (TRG)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF INDIANA INDIANAPOLIS DIVISION MARK SILIVEN et. al., Plaintiffs, vs. INDIANA DEPARTMENT OF CHILD SERVICES et. al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Cause No. 1:08-cv-1192-WTL-DML ENTRY ON MOTION TO RECONSIDER Before the Court is the Plaintiffs' Motion to Reconsider (Docket No. 40). The motion seeks reconsideration of the Court's order granting summary judgment on the Plaintiffs' federal claims and remanding the Plaintiffs' state law claims to the Wayne County Superior Court (Docket No. 37). Rule 59(e) "authorizes relief when a moving party `clearly establish[es] either a manifest error of law or fact' or `present[s] newly discovered evidence.'" Souter v. Int'l Union, 993 F.2d 595, 599 (7th Cir. 1993) (quoting Fed. Deposit Ins. Corp. v. Meyer, 781 F.2d 1260, 1268 (7th Cir. 1986)). The purpose of a motion to alter or amend judgment under Rule 59(e) is to have the court reconsider matters "properly encompassed in a decision on the merits." Osterneck v. Ernst & Whinney, 489 U.S. 169, 174 (1988). The Court of Appeals has explained that there are only three valid grounds for a Rule 59(e) motion: (1) newly-discovered evidence; (2) an intervening change in the law; and (3) manifest error in law. See Cosgrove v. Bartolotta, 150 F.3d 729, 732 (7th Cir. 1998). There was in this case no manifest error of law or fact. The Court did not misapprehend the Plaintiff's claim, nor did it misapply the law to that claim in light of the applicable law. Accordingly, the Plaintiffs' Motion for Reconsideration (Docket No. 40) is DENIED. SO ORDERED: 06/24/2010 _______________________________ Copies to: Eric James Beaver Indiana Office of the Attorney General Michael K. Sutherlin Michael K. Sutherlin & Associates, PC Cory Christian Voight Indiana Office of the Attorney General Hon. William T. Lawrence, Judge United States District Court Southern District of Indiana 2

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