White et al
ORDER Denying 28 Motion for Reconsideration. Signed by District Judge Thomas L. Ludington. (KWin)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
In re: Michael B. White,
MICHAEL B. WHITE,
Case No. 16-cv-11188
Honorable Thomas L. Ludington
COLLENE K. CORCORAN, United States Trustee,
ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION
On April 1, 2016, Appellant Michael White, acting on his own behalf and purportedly on
behalf of his deceased wife, initiated this latest appeal of his bankruptcy proceedings. See ECF
No. 1. White’s appeal was based on bankruptcy court orders denying a variety of White’s
requested exemptions and an order granting sanctions in favor of the Trustee. On April 19, 2016
the Trustee’s former attorney Thomas J. Budzynski, purportedly acting on his own behalf as a
creditor of the estate, filed a motion to dismiss White’s appeal. See ECF No. 3. Budzynski
argued that White was impermissibly attempting to represent his deceased wife and that the
exemptions order was not a final appealable order. Mr. White responded by filing a motion to
strike Mr. Budzynski’s motion for lack of standing. See ECF No. 4.
By an order dated
November 29, 2016 White’s motion to strike was denied and Mr. Budzynski’s motion to dismiss
was granted. See ECF No. 14. As a result, White’s challenge to the exemption order was
dismissed. White’s subsequent motion to file an interlocutory appeal was denied. See ECF No.
The only remaining issue, therefore, was whether the Bankruptcy Judge abused his
discretion in imposing sanctions on Appellant White in the amount of $2,000. By an order dated
April 28, 2017, the bankruptcy court’s order awarding sanctions against Michael White was
affirmed. See ECF No. 26. White now moves for reconsideration of the order granting Mr.
Budzynski’s motion to dismiss and the order affirming the award of sanctions.
A motion for reconsideration will be granted if the moving party shows: “(1) a palpable
defect, (2) the defect misled the court and the parties, and (3) that correcting the defect will result
in a different disposition of the case.” Michigan Dept. of Treasury v. Michalec, 181 F. Supp. 2d
731, 733-34 (E.D. Mich. 2002) (quoting E.D. Mich. LR 7.1(g)(3)). A “palpable defect” is
“obvious, clear, unmistakable, manifest, or plain.” Id. at 734 (citing Marketing Displays, Inc. v.
Traffix Devices, Inc., 971 F. Supp. 2d 262, 278 (E.D. Mich. 1997). Under Eastern District of
Michigan Local Rule 7.1(h)(1), a motion for reconsideration must be filed within 14 days after
entry of the challenged judgment or order.
In his motion for reconsideration, Michael White first takes issue with the order
preventing him from proceeding on behalf of the estate of Darla White. Mr. White argues that
he should be allowed to continue representing the property in the estate, because all of the
property in Darla White’s estate passed to him. White’s motion in this regard is untimely, as the
order he seeks to challenge was issued on December 21, 2016, and he was required to file any
motion for reconsideration within 14 days of the issuance of that order. Even so, if White is
correct that all of the assets in Darla White’s estate, including presumably the estate’s claim
against appellee, passed directly to him, then that simply bolsters the Court’s previous ruling that
he should not be bringing claims on behalf of her estate. If White now owns all of the property
at issue, there is no reason that he continues to sign Darla White’s name on all of his filings.
Because Darla White is deceased, and because – as argued by Michael White – Michael White
now owns all of the assets that passed into her estate, he should be proceeding only in his own
name or as an assignee of the estate, and should cease listing Darla White as a party and signing
her name on his filings.
White’s motion for reconsideration in this regard will therefore be
Michael White also moves for reconsideration of the order upholding the bankruptcy
court’s award of sanctions. White argues that instead of awarding sanctions against him in the
Trustee’s favor, the bankruptcy court should have sanctioned Mr. Budzynski. In so arguing,
White does not identify any clear error or palpable defect in the Court’s prior ruling, and merely
restates arguments already rejected by this Court and expresses disagreement with the outcome.
White’s motion for reconsideration will therefore be denied.
Accordingly, it is ORDERED that White’s motion for reconsideration, ECF No. 28, is
s/Thomas L. Ludington
THOMAS L. LUDINGTON
United States District Judge
Dated: May 23, 2017
PROOF OF SERVICE
The undersigned certifies that a copy of the foregoing order was served
upon each attorney or party of record herein by electronic means or first
class U.S. mail on May 23, 2017.
KELLY WINSLOW, Case Manager
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