Grimmett v. Encompass Indemnity Company et al
ORDER Denying 86 Motion for Reconsideration. Signed by District Judge Avern Cohn. (MVer)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN SURGICAL
HOSPITAL, LLC, OAKLAND MRI, LLC, and
MICHIGAN AMBULATORY SURGICAL
Case No. 14-14646
ENCOMPASS INDEMNITY COMPANY,
HON. AVERN COHN
ORDER DENYING DEFENDANT’S MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION, (Doc. 86)
This is a no-fault benefits case.
On April 28, 2017, the Court denied without prejudice, (Doc. 84), defendant
insurer’s amended motion for summary judgment, (Doc. 70). The Court found the
record unripe for summary judgment in defendant’s favor for a host of reasons. These
included (1) lack of documentation to substantiate plaintiff’s claims for no-fault benefits,
(2) that the video of plaintiff on which the defendant relied to deny coverage based on
fraud was ambiguous, and (3) conflicting medical opinions as to causation and
conflicting assertions of the parties as to what was submitted regarding the claims.
On May 12, 2017, the defendant filed a:
Motion to Strike the Affidavit of Dr. Lucia Zamorano and for
Reconsideration of the Court’s Order Dated April 28, 2017,
Motions for reconsideration are governed by E.D. Mich. LR 7.1(h) which provides
in relevant part:
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 case.
E.D. Mich. LR 7.1(h)(3).
Defendant says there is palpable error in the Court’s ruling because an unsigned
affidavit of a treating physician, Dr. Zamorano, (Doc. 75 at 3-5), was part of the record.
The Court did not rely on Dr. Zamorano’s affidavit. There was a conflict in the
medical opinions of Drs. Radden, (Doc. 78), and Oney-Marlow, (Doc. 71-19 at 12-13),
as to whether plaintiff’s March 4, 2013 accident caused the problems leading to her
2015 lumbar back surgery. Further, Dr. Oney-Marlow stated the accident was related to
the 2014 cervical back surgery, (Doc. 71-19 at 12); the opinion of Dr. Zamorano to that
end was reflected in her treatment notes, (Docs. 77-4, 77-6), irrespective of the affidavit.
Defendant is not entitled to a rehearing or reconsideration on this basis. The
motion is DENIED.1
Defendant’s motion to strike the affidavit is DENIED as unnecessary because
the plaintiff has since filed a signed version of the affidavit, (Doc. 87).
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: May 30, 2017
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