Klein Steel Service Inc. v. Sirius Protection, LLC
ORDER Denying 36 Motion for Reconsideration. Signed by District Judge Gershwin A. Drain. (Bankston, T)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
KLEIN STEEL SERVICES INC.,
HON. Gershwin A. Drain
SIRIUS PROTECTION, LLC, et al.,
ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION [#36]
Presently before the Court is Plaintiff’s Motion for Reconsideration of the Court’s April
29, 2014 Order Granting Defedants’ Motion to Dismiss. See Dkt. #34. Plaintiff asks the Court
to reconsider its Order insofar as it dismisses its count for a declaratory judgment.
The standard of review for a motion to reconsider is provided in Local Rule 7.1(h)(3) of
[M]otions for rehearing or reconsideration which merely present the same issues ruled
upon by the court, either expressly or by reasonable implication, shall not be granted.
The movant shall not only demonstrate a palpable defect by which the court and the
parties have been misled but also show that a different disposition of the case must result
from a correction thereof.
E.D. Mich. L.R. 7.1(g)(3). “A ‘palpable defect’ is ‘a defect that is obvious, clear, unmistakable,
manifest, or plain.’” United States v. Lockett, 328 F. Supp. 2d 682, 684 (E.D. Mich. 2004)
(citing United States v. Cican, 156 F. Supp. 2d 661, 668 (E.D. Mich. 2001)). “[A] motion for
reconsideration is not properly used as a vehicle to re-hash old arguments or to advance positions
that could have been argued earlier but were not.” Smith ex rel. Smith v. Mount Pleasant Pub.
Sch., 298 F. Supp. 2d 636, 637 (E.D. Mich. 2003) (citing Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa
Indians v. Engler, 146 F.3d 367, 374 (6th Cir.1998)).
Plaintiff argues this Court’s Order dismissing its claim for a declaratory judgment
contains a palpable defect because the Order held the actions amounting to a charge of
infringement were required for the form of declaratory relief it sought. Plaintiff argues such
action is not a requirement to establish there is a cognizable controversy over the ownership of
intellectual property. Goodrich-Gulf Chem.., Inc. v. Philips Petroleum Co., 376, F.2d 1015,
1018 (6th Cir. 1967); QQC, Inc. v. Hewlett-Packard Co., 258 F. Supp. 2d 718 (E.D. Mich. 2003)
(holding conflicting contentions must be present to create a controversy under the Declaratory
Goodrich and QQC do stand for the proposition that a party seeking a declaration of noninfringement must demonstrate action that would lead to a charge of infringement. This case,
however, involved a declaration of ownership of intellectual property. Defendants licensed
technology to Plaintiff, and a licensing agreement governed their relationship.
Defendant’s filed their Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff’s Second Amended Complaint, they did
reassert a claim they made in a footnote of a previous motion that the assignment clause in the
licensing agreement made improvements on technology theirs.
The subsequent Motion to
Dismiss, which did not make this claim of ownership or applicability of the assignment clause,
superseded the prior motion. See In re Forson Eng’g Corp., 25 B.R 506, 508 (E.D. Mich. 1982).
In the absence of this contention, Defendants made no argument that the licensing agreement’s
assignment clause applied to Plaintiff’s new technology. Thus, the only potential controversy
the Court could foresee was one of infringement. The Court saw no dispute over ownership in
the pleading on the Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff’s Second Amended Complaint. The
Court does not find the presence of conflicting contentions required by the Declaratory Judgment
Thus, there is no palpable defect in the Court’s order.
Plaintiff’s Motion for
Reconsideration [#36] is DENIED.
Dated: August 13, 2014
/s/ Gershwin A. Drain
GERSHWIN A. DRAIN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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