Sewell et al v. Bad Boy Enterprises, LLC et al
ORDER denying 32 Motion for Entry of Judgment under Rule 54(b); finding as moot 43 Motion for Reconsideration ; finding as moot 45 Motion to Strike Signed by District Judge Keith Starrett on 1/3/2017 (dtj)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPI
JOSEPH SEWELL and
DEBORAH NICOSIA SEWELL
CIVIL ACTION NO. 5:16-CV-55-KS-MTP
BAD BOY ENTERPRISES, LLC, et al.
This matter is before the Court on the Motion to Set Aside Rule 54 Judgment Entered by
Jefferson County Court After Removal of this Matter to Federal Court or in the Alternative to
Reconsider and Set Aside Judgment (AMotion to Set Aside@)  and Motion for Reconsideration 
filed by Plaintiffs Joseph and Deborah Sewell (collectively APlaintiffs@), and the Motion to Strike 
filed by Defendants Charging Systems International, Inc. and Pro-Charging Systems, LLC, and joined
in by Anderson Power Products, Inc., Textron, Inc. (ATextron@), and Bad Boy Enterprises, LLC (ABBE@)
After considering the submissions of the parties, the record, and the
applicable law, the Court finds that the Motion to Set Aside  is not well taken and should be denied.
The Court further finds that the Motion for Reconsideration  and Motion to Strike  should be
denied as moot.
The Magistrate initially gave Plaintiffs twenty (20) days after the appearance of Defendant
Textron, to file any motion for reconsideration of the state court=s dismissal of BBE. (See Magistrate
Order  at & 3.)
Because Textron filed its Answer  on October 10, 2016, Plaintiffs= motion was
due, at the latest, by October 30, 2016.1
Plaintiffs filed their Motion for Enlargement of Time  on
November 17, 2016, after this deadline had expired.
Because Plaintiffs did not reference the
Magistrate Order  in their Motion for Enlargement of Time , the Court incorrectly assumed
Plaintiffs were referring to some deadline for reconsideration set by the state court and denied the
Despite the Court=s denial of their Motion for Enlargement of Time  and despite the
deadline to file having expired, Plaintiffs nevertheless filed their untimely Motion to Set Aside  on
November 23, 2016, without seeking leave of court.
On December 15, 2016, Plaintiffs filed their
Motion for Reconsideration  of the Court=s denial of their Motion for Enlargement of Time .
Defendants responded that same day by filing the Motion to Strike  the Motion for Reconsideration
Notwithstanding the timing issues which would cause the Court to deny Plaintiffs= Motion to
Set Aside , the motion itself is based upon a faulty reading of the judgment entered by the state
court pursuant to Mississippi Rule of Civil Procedure 54(b).3
Plaintiffs read the judgment to be a
dismissal of all claims pending in this action and to be improper because, at its date of entry, jurisdiction
over the remaining claims had been removed to this Court.
In fact, the judgment reads:
Textron actually appeared in this case earlier by filing a Joinder  to the Notice of Removal
 on September 15, 2016.
The Court would note that the Motion for Enlargement of Time  would have been denied
regardless, as it was filed after the deadline had expired.
The Motion to Set Aside , despite its title asking for reconsideration in the alternative, does
not request the Court reconsider the state court=s order granting summary judgment to BBE.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that final judgment is hereby
entered pursuant to Miss. R. Civ. P. 54(b) dismissing from this cause with prejudice
Defendant Bad Boy Enterprises and all of the Plaintiffs= claims against it. This
dismissal does not terminate the action as to any of the other claims or parties hereto.
(State Court Judgment , Exhibit A) (emphasis added).
This judgment refers only to BBE, the non-
diverse defendant, and the claims against it, over which this Court has never had jurisdiction.4
the judgment deals only with the non-diverse party and claims over which the Court does not have
jurisdiction, the Motion to Set Aside  will be denied.
Because the Court finds that the Motion to Set Aside  should be denied regardless of the
timing issues, the Motion for Reconsideration  and Motion to Strike  will be denied as moot.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the Motion to Set Aside  is denied.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the Motion for Reconsideration  is
denied as moot.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED AND ADJUDGED that the Motion to Strike  is denied as
SO ORDERED AND ADJUDGED this the
day of January, 2017.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Though the Court is hesitant to interpret a state court judgment dealing with claims over which
it has no jurisdiction, it seems apparent to the Court that the only purpose of this judgment is to give
Plaintiffs the right to appeal the dismissal of BBE without petitioning the state appellate for an
interlocutory appeal. Why Plaintiffs seek to vacate this judgment, then, is puzzling.
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