Formanack v. Stillwater Towing Inc. et al
ORDER denying 60 Motion to Correct Errors, overruling 58 Objection. (Written Opinion.) Signed by Judge Paul A. Magnuson on February 7, 2018. (ALT) cc: Formanack on 2/8/2018 (LPH).
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF MINNESOTA
Civ. No. 17-3822 (PAM/BRT)
Stillwater Towing Inc.,
Richard J. Ritzer, Michelle
Ritzer, and Kevin last name
This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff’s Motion to Correct Errors and
Plaintiff’s “objection” to the Court’s Order denying his motion to amend and writ of error
coram nobis. (Docket No. 57.)
The arguments Plaintiff raises in these filings are patently frivolous. For example,
Plaintiff contends that the United States Constitution gives him the right to amend his
claims. (Docket No. 58 at 3.) But the right to amend does not survive dismissal of an
action. Geier v. Mo. Ethics Comm’n, 715 F.3d 674, 677 (8th Cir. 2013). Indeed,
because the Court dismissed the case for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction, “granting
leave to amend would [be] improper.”
Id. at 678.
As another example, Plaintiff
“demands” that the Court “order the immediate return of the car.” (Docket No. 58 at 5.)
But as this Court has repeatedly explained, because there is no subject-matter jurisdiction
over the parties’ dispute, the Court has no authority to order any relief whatsoever.
Plaintiff also repeatedly references 28 U.S.C. § 1691, which requires that “[a]ll
writs and process issuing from a court of the United States shall be under the seal of the
court and signed by the clerk thereof.” (E.g., Docket No. 59 at 4-5; Docket No. 60 at 3.)
Plaintiff contends that the Court’s Orders in this matter have not complied with § 1691
and are therefore “not lawful orders.” (Docket No. 59 at 4.) For purposes of § 1691,
“both ‘writ’ and ‘process’ command or direct action or inaction on the part of an
individual.” United States v. Mariner, No. 4:09cr101, 2012 WL 6082720, at *7 (D.N.D.
Dec. 4, 2012). The Court has issued no orders that “compel a person to comply with
[the C]ourt’s demand.” Id. And to the extent that the Judgment here can be construed as
a writ or process, the Judgment was signed by the Clerk’s deputy. (Docket No. 34.)
Section 1691 has no bearing on any of the orders issued in this matter, and Plaintiff’s
interpretation of § 1691 is without merit.
Finally, Plaintiff contends that the failure to grant his Motion to Amend,
apparently brought under Rule 59, 1 was a “procedural error” that warrants setting aside
the Judgment and this Court’s recusal from the matter. But merely because Plaintiff
brought a timely Motion to Amend does not mean that the Court was bound to overturn
its previous decision.
“Rule 59(e) motions serve the limited function of correcting
‘manifest errors of law or fact or to present newly discovered evidence.’” United States
v. Metro. St. Louis Sewer Dist., 440 F.3d 930, 933 (8th Cir. 2006) (quoting Innovative
Plaintiff references Fed. R. Civ. P. 52, which applies to a judgment on partial findings.
(Docket No. 60 at 4.) The Court did not enter judgment under Rule 52 in this matter.
However, Rule 59 contains the same 28-day requirement Plaintiff references from Rule
52. Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e).
Home Health Care v. P.T-O.T. Ass’n of the Black Hills, 141 F.3d 128y, 1286 (8th Cir.
1998)). “Such motions cannot be used to introduce new evidence, tender new legal
theories, or raise argument which could have been offered or raised prior to entry of
judgment.” Innovative Home Health, 141 F.3d at 1286. Plaintiff’s repeated demands
that he be allowed to amend his claims, whether brought as a belated motion to amend
pleadings under Rule 15 or a motion to amend the judgment under Rule 59, do not raise
newly discovered evidence that Plaintiff “exercised due diligence to discover” before
judgment was entered, Metro. St. Louis Sewer, 440 F.3d at 933, nor do the demands
establish that the Court manifestly erred. Id.
Despite Plaintiff’s many filings, the Court will not revisit its prior Orders. The
Court lacks jurisdiction to adjudicate the merits of Plaintiff’s dispute with Defendants.
Plaintiff obviously disagrees with this conclusion, but filing more “objections” and
motions will not change the Court’s decision in this matter.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
Plaintiff’s Motion to Correct Errors (Docket No. 60) is DENIED; and
Plaintiff’s Objection (Docket No. 58) is OVERRULED.
Dated: February 7, 2018
s/Paul A. Magnuson
Paul A. Magnuson
United States District Court Judge
Disclaimer: Justia Dockets & Filings provides public litigation records from the federal appellate and district courts. These filings and docket sheets should not be considered findings of fact or liability, nor do they necessarily reflect the view of Justia.
Why Is My Information Online?