Al-Talaqani et al v. LM General Insurance Company
ORDER denying 22 Motion for Reconsideration. Signed by District Judge Robert H. Cleland. (LWag)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
NASSER AL-TALAQANI, et al.,
Case No. 15-10048
LIBERTY MUTUAL GENERAL
ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION
This court entered an opinion denying Defendant’s motion for summary judgment
after concluding that a question of fact existed as to whether the Defendant insurance
company had been aware of the falsehood of the material misrepresentations Plaintiffs
made when applying for three auto insurance policies, preventing them from rescinding
the contracts for fraud after Plaintiffs submitted claims. (Dkt. #21.) Defendant filed a
motion for reconsideration arguing that the court committed palpable error in
misconstruing the factual record surrounding the timing of Plaintiff’s meeting with its
agent, and by failing to find the fact that the addition of a separate car some time later
after the meeting constituted new misrepresentations of which the company was not
aware. (Dkt. #22.)
Subject to the court’s discretion, a motion for reconsideration shall be granted
only if the movant “demonstrate[s] a palpable defect by which the court and the parties
. . . have been misled” and “show[s] that correcting the defect will result in a different
disposition of the case.” E.D. Mich. L.R. 7.1(h)(3). “A ‘palpable defect’ is ‘a defect that is
obvious, clear, unmistakable, manifest or plain.’” Buchanan v. Metz, 6 F. Supp. 3d 730,
752 (E.D. Mich. 2014) (quoting United States v. Lockett, 328 F. Supp. 2d 682, 684 (E.D.
The first contention amounts to little more than a complaint that the court viewed
questions of fact against the movant, as it is required to do on motions for summary
judgment. See Sagan v. United States, 342 F.3d 493, 497 (6th Cir. 2003) (“In deciding a
motion for summary judgment, the court must view the evidence in the light most
favorable to the non-moving party, drawing all reasonable inferences in that party’s
The second argument is a restatement of a theory advanced in the initial briefings
and rejected by this court’s earlier opinion. The court “will not grant motions for . . .
reconsideration that merely present the same issues ruled upon by the court.” E.D. Mich.
L.R. 7.1(h)(3). Assuming that Defendant’s agent induced Plaintiffs to apply for previous
insurance policies on other cars knowing that the ownership had been misrepresented, it
would not have been unreasonable for Plaintiffs to believe the same standard applied to
the latter automobile, and that the insurance company was expected to infer the same.
The same policy against moral hazard animating the court’s decision applies to this
scenario. Neither argument can support a showing of palpable error. Accordingly,
IT IS ORDERED that Defendant’s Motion for Reconsideration (Dkt. #22) is
s/Robert H. Cleland
ROBERT H. CLELAND
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
July 31, 2017
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was mailed to counsel of record on
this date, July 31, 2017, by electronic and/or ordinary mail.
Case Manager and Deputy Clerk
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