Mann v. Straub et al
ORDER denying 96 Motion for Relief from Judgment. Signed by District Judge Arthur J. Tarnow. (MLan)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
Case No. 14-13439
SENIOR U.S. DISTRICT JUDGE
ARTHUR J. TARNOW
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
U.S. MAGISTRATE JUDGE
R. STEVEN WHALEN
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR RELIEF FROM JUDGMENT 
On January 27, 2016, the Magistrate Judge issued a Report and
Recommendation (R&R) [Dkt. #70], recommending that the Court deny Plaintiff’s
Motions for Summary Judgment [36, 68], grant Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss
and/or for Summary Judgment  as an unenumerated motion under Federal Rule
of Civil Procedure 12(b), and dismiss the case without prejudice for failure to
exhaust administrative remedies. On January 28, 2016, the Magistrate Judge
issued a second R&R , recommending that the Court deny Plaintiff’s Motion
for Default Judgment  as moot. Plaintiff filed Objections  to the R&Rs.
On March 31, 2016, the Court issued an Order  adopting both R&Rs and
dismissing the case without prejudice for Plaintiff’s failure to exhaust
administrative remedies. The Court entered Judgment  the same day.
On June 9, 2016, the Court issued an Order  denying Plaintiff’s 59(e)
Motion to Alter or Amend Judgment  and denying other post-judgment
motions as moot. On June 17, 2016, Plaintiff submitted a motion that the Court
construed as a Motion for Relief from Judgment .1 The Court denied that
motion in an Order  issued on August 8, 2016. Plaintiff now moves the Court
to issue relief pursuant to Rule 60(b)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
That rule provides as follows:
On motion and just terms, the court may relieve a party or its legal
representative from a final judgment, order, or proceeding for the
(1) mistake, inadvertence, surprise, or excusable neglect;
(2) newly discovered evidence that, with reasonable diligence,
could not have been discovered in time to move for a new trial under
(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.
Plaintiff titled the motion “Motion to Recall the Mandate Back to November 19,
2014 When this Court Issued an Order  Dismissing Former Defendants from
this Case as this Was Done in Error: and Motion for Plaintiff Jack Mann to Be
Allowed to Submit an Amended Complaint to this Court Showing that the Prison
Litigation Reform Act Administrative Remedies Were Unavailable to Plaintiff—
Which Began in FCI Milan—Continued at FCI Allenwood Where the Remedies
Were Rendered Unavailable: and Motion for this Court to Order the Release [of]
Any and All Information that Was Submitted to the Regional Office in Kansas
City, KS as well as Any Remedy Information Submitted to the Central Office in
Washington, D.C. Using the Remedy Process as well as All Responses and
Receipts in the Process: and Motion for Other Relief.”
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A Rule 60(b) movant seeking relief under the “any other reason” provision must
prove “exceptional or extraordinary circumstances which are not addressed by the
first five numbered clauses of the Rule . . . [and which constitute] unusual and
extreme situations where principles of equity mandate relief.” Jinks v.
AlliedSignal, Inc., 250 F.3d 381, 387 (6th Cir. 2001) (quoting Olle v. Henry &
Wright Corp., 910 F.2d 357, 365 (6th Cir. 1990)). Rule 60(b) “does not provide
relief simply because litigants belatedly present new facts or arguments after the
district court has made its final ruling.” Id. at 387. A Rule 60(b) movant’s request
to amend his complaint does not lower the rule’s standards for relief. Leisure
Caviar, LLC v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 616 F.3d 612, 616 (6th Cir. 2010).
The instant motion presents virtually the same arguments raised in Plaintiff’s
earlier motions. In denying Plaintiff’s Rule 59(e) and 60(b) motions, the Court
reasoned, in part, as follows:
Plaintiff failed to identify, prior to the entry of judgment, any barrier
that rendered the grievance process unavailable to him prior to filing
suit. Even if Plaintiff had evidence that such a barrier existed, that
evidence would not be grounds for post-judgment relief under Rule
59(e) unless it was newly discovered. Plaintiff has not claimed to
have newly discovered any evidence.
The Court denies this motion for the same reasons.
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IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion for Relief from Judgment  is
Dated: December 28, 2016
s/Arthur J. Tarnow
Arthur J. Tarnow
Senior United States District Judge
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