Liogghio et al v. Salem, Township of et al
ORDER Denying 34 Motion for Reconsideration. Signed by District Judge Denise Page Hood. (LSau)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
CAROL LIOGGHIO and HARRY LIOGGHIO,
Case No. 15-12803
Honorable Denise Page Hood
TOWNSHIP OF SALEM, et al.,
ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION
This matter is before the Court on Plaintiffs Carol Liogghio and Harry
Liogghio’s Motion for Reconsideration. (Doc. No. 34) On August 9, 2016, the Court
entered an Order Granting Defendants’ Partial Motion to Dismiss. (Doc. No. 33)
The Local Rules of the Eastern District of Michigan provide that any motion
for reconsideration must be filed within 14 days after entry of the judgment or order.
E.D. Mich. LR 7.1(h)(1). No response to the motion and no oral argument thereon
shall be allowed unless the Court orders otherwise. E.D. Mich. LR 7.1(h)(2). The
Local Rule further states:
(3) Grounds. 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).
A motion for reconsideration is not a vehicle to re-hash old arguments, or to
proffer new arguments or evidence that the movant could have brought up earlier.
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe v. Engler, 146 F.3d 367, 374 (6th Cir. 1998)(motions under
Fed.R.Civ.P. 59(e) “are aimed at re consideration, not initial consideration”)(citing
FDIC v. World Universal Inc., 978 F.2d 10, 16 (1st Cir.1992)).
The Court finds that Plaintiffs’ motion merely presents the same issues ruled
upon by the Court, either expressly or by reasonable implication. Plaintiffs assert that
this Court dismissed certain claims without the benefit of discovery. This argument
is without merit since Defendants’ motion was filed under Rule 12(b)(6) which
requires the Court to review a plaintiff’s allegations in the pleading only, in this case
the Amended Complaint. Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 555 (2007)
(“a plaintiff's obligation to provide the ‘grounds’ of his ‘entitle[ment] to relief’
requires more than labels and conclusions, and a formulaic recitation of the elements
of a cause of action will not do[.] Factual allegations must be enough to raise a right
to relief above the speculative level....”). Plaintiffs failed to demonstrate a palpable
defect by which the Court and the parties and other persons entitled to be heard on the
motion have been misled. Plaintiffs have not shown the Court clearly erred in its
August 9, 2016 Order dismissing certain claims.1
IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiffs’ Motion for Reconsideration (Doc. No. 34) is
S/Denise Page Hood
Denise Page Hood
Chief Judge, United States District Court
Dated: February 7, 2017
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was served upon counsel of
record on February 7, 2017, by electronic and/or ordinary mail.
S/LaShawn R. Saulsberry
Plaintiffs submitted the Supreme Court case, Green v. Brennan, 136 S.Ct. 1769 (2016)
which held that the statute of limitations in a constructive discharge claim begins to run when an
employee gives an employer notice of his or her resignation. The Court’s August 9, 2016 Order
did not address this issue since Defendants did not move to dismiss the First Amendment
retaliation claim based on the statute of limitations. As to the claim under Michigan’s
Whistleblowers’ Protection Act, Plaintiff Carol Liogghio voluntarily dismissed this claim. (See
Resp., Doc. No. 24, Pg ID 160 (“After careful review and research, plaintiff voluntarily
dismisses her Whistleblower’s cause of action.”))
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