Robinson v. Shaw et al
ORDER denying 87 Motion for Reconsideration. Signed by Magistrate Judge Michael T. Parker on October 12, 2017. (jg)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
SCOOTER LYNN ROBINSON, #L1529
CIVIL ACTION NO. 5:16-CV-00041-MTP
FRANK SHAW, ET AL
THIS MATTER is before the Court on Plaintiff’s Objection  to the Court’s Order and
Opinion which is liberally construed as a Motion to Alter or Amend the Judgment.1 The Court,
having considered the motion and the applicable law, finds that the Motion  should be
On September 12, 2017, the Court entered an Opinion and Order  on the Motions for
Summary Judgment  filed by the Defendants. This Order  dismissed all
the remaining claims and a Final Judgment  dismissing this case was entered. On September
25, 2017, Plaintiff filed the instant motion .
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 59(e) provides as follows: “A motion to alter or amend a
judgment must be filed no later than 28 days after the entry of the judgment.” Fed. R. Civ. P.
59(e). This Court has “considerable discretion” in deciding whether to grant a motion filed under
Rule 59(e). See Edward H. Bohlin Co. v. Banning Co., 6 F.3d 350, 355 (5th Cir. 1993).
However, granting a motion for reconsideration “is an extraordinary remedy and should be used
sparingly.” In re Pequeno, 240 F. App’x 634, 636 (5th Cir. 2007) (quoting Templet v.
HydroChem, Inc., 367 F.3d 473, 477 (5th Cir. 2004)).
The Fifth Circuit has held that a Rule 59(e) motion "serves the narrow purpose of
allowing a party to correct manifest errors of law or fact or to present newly discovered
Plaintiff asks for relief from this Court’s order and opinion. See  at 4.
evidence" and "is not the proper vehicle for rehashing evidence, legal theories, or arguments that
could have been offered or raised before the entry of judgment." Knight v. Kellogg Brown &
Root Inc., 333 F. App'x 1, 8 (5th Cir. 2009) (quoting Templet v. HydroChem Inc., 367 F.3d 473,
478-79 (5th Cir.2004)). A motion to reconsider under Rule 59(e) is not “intended to give an
unhappy litigant one additional chance to sway the judge[,]” McDonald v. Entergy Operations,
Inc., No. 5:03cv241BN, 2005 WL 1528611, at *1 (S.D. Miss. 2005) (citations omitted), and its
purpose “is not to re-debate the merits of a particular motion.” W.C. Bulley v. Fidelity
Financial Servs. Of Miss., Inc., No. 3:00cv522-BN, 2000 WL 1349184, at *3 (S.D. Miss. Sept.
8, 2000). Indeed, “[i]f a party is allowed to address a court's reasons as to why a motion was or
was not granted, it would render the entire briefing process irrelevant and lead to endless
motions to reconsider.” Id.
There are only three grounds for which this Court may grant a motion to alter or amend
under Rule 59(e): “(1) an intervening change in controlling law, (2) the availability of new
evidence not previously available, and (3) the need to correct a clear error of law or prevent
manifest injustice.” W.C. Bulley, 2000 WL 1349184, at *2 (citations omitted). If one of these
three grounds is not present, the court must deny the motion. Id. at *3.
Plaintiff has cited to no change in controlling law or clear error of law. Further, Plaintiff
has not submitted any new evidence, but merely rehashes the arguments set forth in his previous
filings.2 He also argues that the court did not rule on his motion for summary judgment;
Plaintiff once again argues that he did not receive certain discovery which he refers to as
“undisclosed evidence.” See  at 1. However, this issue has been addressed twice. See Order
; Order .
however, Plaintiff did not file such a motion in this case.3 Thus, Plaintiff is not entitled to relief
from the Court’s Order  and Judgment  under Rule 59(e).
IT IS, THEREFORE, ORDERED:
Plaintiff’s Objection  to the Court’s Order and Opinion construed as a Motion to
Alter or Amend the Judgment is DENIED. If Plaintiff is dissatisfied with the Court’s rulings, he
may appeal. See Fed. R. App. P. 4.4
SO ORDERED this the 12th day of October, 2017.
s/ Michael T. Parker
United States Magistrate Judge
Plaintiff has other cases pending in the Southern District of Mississippi and may be referring to
a pending motion for summary judgment in one of his other cases. See e.g. Robinson v. Hogans,
et al., 3:15-cv-00263-TSL-RHW, Docket Entries  & . Plaintiff did file responses to
some of the Defendants’ motions for summary judgment in this case, which the Court considered
when making its ruling. See Order .
Plaintiff already filed a notice of appeal on October 10, 2017. See  at 1.
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