Nathan v. Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) et al
ORDER denying 62 Motion for Relief from Judgment. Signed by Magistrate Judge Michael T. Parker on December 21, 2016. (js)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
CIVIL ACTION NO. 5:14-cv-119-MTP
CORRECTIONS CORPORATION OF AMERICA
THIS MATTER is before the Court on Plaintiff’s Motion for Relief from Judgment .
Having considered the Motion, the Court finds that it should be denied.
On January 15, 2014, Plaintiff Sheldon Nathan, proceeding pro se and in forma pauperis,
filed his complaint pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The allegations in Plaintiff’s complaint
occurred while he was a post-conviction inmate at Wilkinson County Correctional Facility
(“WCCF”) in Woodville, Mississippi. In his complaint and as clarified in his testimony at the
Spears hearing,1 Plaintiff asserted claims against Defendant Corrections Corporation of America
(“CCA”) relating to an attack by a fellow inmate.
On December 22, 2015, Defendant filed a Motion for Summary Judgment . Plaintiff
did not respond to the Motion. On April 27, 2016, the Court granted Defendant’s Motion for
Summary Judgment and entered a final judgment, dismissing this action with prejudice. See
Opinion and Order ; Final Judgment . On May 13, 2016, Plaintiff filed a Motion for
Relief from Judgment , arguing that the Court should reconsider its ruling because he did not
receive a copy of the Motion for Summary Judgment. The Court granted Plaintiff’s Motion and
set aside the Opinion and Order  and Final Judgment . See Order . Plaintiff was
provided a copy of the Motion for Summary Judgment and the memorandum brief in support,
See Spears v. McCotter, 766 F.2d 179 (5th Cir. 1985).
and the Court directed Plaintiff to file a response. Plaintiff filed two responses, one on August
31, 2016, and the other on September 6, 2016. See Responses  .
On September 21, 2016, after considering Plaintiff’s responses, the Court granted
Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment and entered a final judgment, dismissing this action
with prejudice. See Opinion and Order ; Final Judgment . On November 23, 2016,
Plaintiff filed the instant Motion for Relief from Judgment , arguing that the Court should set
aside its judgment because Plaintiff was not given an opportunity to conduct discovery or
support his claims with evidence.
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60(b) provides for relief from a final judgment in the
following limited circumstances:
(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 Rule 59(b);
(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.
Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b).
Plaintiff has failed to show that any of the aforementioned grounds for relief from
judgment exist. The record demonstrates that Plaintiff’s argument that he was not given an
opportunity to conduct discovery or support his claims is wholly without merit. On May 21,
2015, the Court set an omnibus hearing in this case and ordered the parties to be prepared to
discuss and identify any and all discovery requests or issues at the hearing. See Order . At
the omnibus hearing held on July 28, 2015, the Court considered discovery issues and ordered
the parties to produce documents and information. See Omnibus Order . The Court also
explained as follows:
There are no other discovery issues pending at this time. The discovery allowed
herein will fairly and adequately develop the issues to be presented to the Court,
and no other discovery is deemed reasonable or appropriate considering the issues
at stake in this litigation. See Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26(b)(1). The Parties
shall not propound additional discovery requests unless leave of court is requested
Thereafter, Plaintiff did not seek leave of court to propound additional discovery.2 In
response to Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment, Plaintiff submitted several documents,
including incident reports, letters, and MDOC policies and procedures, all of which the Court
considered prior to granting summary judgment in this action. Plaintiff did not file a Rule 56(d)3
motion requesting the Court allow him to conduct further discovery. See Fanning v. Metro.
Transit. Auth. of Harris County, Tex., 141 Fed. App’x. 311 (5th Cir. 2005) (“A Rule [56(d)]
motion, not one for reconsideration, is the proper remedy for a party claiming summary
judgment is inappropriate because of inadequate discovery.”); Bernhardt v. Richardson-Merrell,
Inc., 892 F.2d 440, 444 (5th Cir. 1990) (holding that Rule 56(f) “would be useless, and the
summary judgment procedure uncontrolled, if a court could not enforce some limits on the
timely submission of appropriate evidence”).4 Moreover, Plaintiff has not established that
On November 17, 2015, Plaintiff filed a Motion to Compel , asserting that he served
requests for production of documents on Defendant and requesting an order compelling
Defendant’s responses. In denying the Motion to Compel , the Court held that (1) Plaintiff
was not granted leave to submit any discovery requests, (2) Plaintiff presented no good cause for
additional discovery, and (3) additional discovery was not warranted based on the record. See
Formerly Rule 56(f).
After the Court set aside its initial Final Judgment , the Court directed Plaintiff to file his
response to the Motion for Summary Judgment on or before June 24, 2016. Thereafter, Plaintiff
further discovery would be likely to produce any facts that would establish a genuine issue of
material fact as to any of his claims. See Aguirre v. Nueces County, Tex., 217 Fed. App’x. 348,
349-50 (5th Cir. 2007).
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion for Relief from Judgment 
SO ORDERED this the 21st day of December, 2016.
s/Michael T. Parker
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
filed three separate motions requesting additional time to file his response, and the Court granted
all three motions. See Motions   ; Orders   . Plaintiff did not request
leave of court to conduct additional discovery in any of these motions.
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