Short v. Social Security, Commissioner of
ORDER denying 17 Motion Relief From Judgment. Signed by District Judge Victoria A. Roberts. (CPin)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case Number: 11-15684
Hon. Victoria A. Roberts
MICHAEL J. ASTRUE,
Commissioner of Social Security,
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR
RELIEF FROM JUDGMENT (DOC. 17)
This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff’s “Motion for Relief from Judgment and
Clear Request for Immediate Decision with Brief in Support,” brought pursuant to
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 60(b) and 7. (Doc. 17). Plaintiff seeks relief from this
Court’s order granting Defendant’s motion to dismiss and judgment entered for
Defendant. He claims “surprise, excusable neglect, mistake, inadvertence and equity
and common law as well as being in the interests of justice and to make a correction of
the record as well as a proper and just assessments of the facts and law to this case.”
Although Plaintiff brings his motion under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure Rule
60(b), the Court reviews it under the standards for both a motion for reconsideration
under Local Rule 7.1(h)(3) and a motion for relief of judgment under Federal Rule of
Civil Procedure 60(b).
Under Local Rule 7.1(h)(3):
Generally, and without restricting the court's discretion, the court will not grant
motions for rehearing or reconsideration that merely present the same issues
ruled upon by the court, either expressly or by reasonable implication. The
movant must not only demonstrate a palpable defect by which the court and the
parties and other persons entitled to be heard on the motion have been misled
but also show that correcting the defect will result in a different disposition of the
E.D. Mich. LR 7.1(h)(3).
Palpable defects are those which are "obvious, clear, unmistakable, manifest or
plain." Mich. Dep't of Treasury v. Michalec, 181 F. Supp. 2d 731, 734 (E.D. Mich. 2002).
"It is an exception to the norm for the Court to grant a motion for reconsideration."
Maiberger v. City of Livonia, 724 F. Supp. 2d 759, 780 (E.D. Mich. 2010). "[A]bsent a
significant error that changes the outcome of a ruling on a motion, the Court will not
provide a party with an opportunity to relitigate issues already decided." Id.
Further, under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b), the Court will grant relief
from a final judgment or order only upon a showing of one of the following reasons: (1)
mistake, inadvertence, surprise, or excusable neglect; (2) newly discovered evidence
which by due diligence could not have been discovered in time to move for a new trial
under Rule 59(b); (3) fraud (whether previously called intrinsic or extrinsic),
misrepresentation, or misconduct by an opposing party; (4) the judgment is void; (5) the
judgment has been satisfied, released, or discharged; it is based on an earlier judgment
that has been reversed or vacated; or applying it prospectively is no longer equitable; or
(6) any other reason that justifies relief. Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b). Federal Rule of Civil
Procedure 60(b) is narrowly interpreted to allow relief from judgment only in exceptional
or extraordinary circumstances. See Blue Diamond Coal Co. v. Trustees of UMWA, 249
F.3d 519, 524 (6th Cir. 2001).
The Court finds that Plaintiff has not met his burden to show a palpable defect by
which the Court has been misled, and that a different disposition must result from a
correction of the disposition, or that relief is warranted under the Rule 60(b) standards.
The time limitations in Social Security appeals are strictly construed. Cook v. Comm'r of
Soc. Sec., 480 F.3d 432 (6th Cir. 2007). A complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 405(g) will be
dismissed for late filing unless equitable tolling of the filing deadline is allowed under the
circumstances of the case. Id. Mr. Short’s complaint was filed late and his allegations
are contradictory and do not support equitable tolling. For example, he previously
alleged that he never received an order from the Appeals Council, but now says he
misplaced it. Plaintiff is not entitled to relief under either Local Rule 7.1(h)(3) or Federal
Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b).
Plaintiffs’ motion is DENIED.
IT IS ORDERED.
S/Victoria A. Roberts
Victoria A. Roberts
United States District Judge
Dated: February 28, 2013
The undersigned certifies that a copy of this
document was served on the attorneys of
record and Brian Short by electronic means or
U.S. Mail on February 28, 2013.
S/Carol A. Pinegar
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