McPherson v. Donahoe
OPINION MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Petitioner's Motion to Alter or Amend the Judgment Pursuant to Rule 59(e) of the Fed.R.Civ.Proc. [Doc. No. 20 ] is denied. Signed by District Judge Henry Edward Autrey on 4/17/17. (KJS)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
MEGAN J. BRENNAN,
No. 4:15CV09 HEA
OPINION, MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff=s Motion to Alter or Amend the
Judgement, [Doc. No. 20]. Defendant opposes the Motion. For the reasons set forth
below, the Motion is denied.
On September 19, 2016, the Court entered its Opinion, Memorandum and
Order granting Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff’s First Amended
Complaint. Plaintiff now seeks to have the Court alter the dismissal of this action
ARule 59(e) permits a court to alter or amend a judgment, but it >may not be
used to relitigate old matters, or to raise arguments or present evidence that could
have been raised prior to the entry of judgment.= 11 C. Wright & A. Miller, Federal
Practice and Procedure ' 2810.1, pp. 127-128 (2d ed.1995) (footnotes omitted).@
Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker, 554 U.S. 471, 128 S.Ct. 2605, 2617, n. 5 (2008).
Rule 59(e) was adopted to clarify that Athe district court possesses the power to
rectify its own mistakes in the period immediately following the entry of judgment.@
White v. New Hampshire Dep=t of Employment Sec., 455 U.S. 445, 450, 102 S.Ct.
1162, 71 L.Ed.2d 325 (1982) (internal quotations omitted). Moreover, ARule 59(e)
motions serve the limited function of correcting manifest errors of law or fact or to
present newly discovered evidence.@ Innovative Home Health Care, Inc. v. P.T
.-O.T. Assocs. of the Black Hills, 141 F.3d 1284, 1286 (8th Cir.1998),(internal
punctuation and citations omitted). ASuch motions cannot be used to introduce new
evidence, tender new legal theories, or raise arguments which could have been
offered or raised prior to entry of judgment.@ United States v. Metropolitan St.
Louis Sewer Dist., 440 F.3d 930, 933 (8th Cir.2006) (quoting Innovative Home
Health Care, 141 F.3d at 1286)).
District courts Awill ordinarily deny a motion for reconsideration unless the
party demonstrates a showing of manifest error in the prior ruling or demonstrates
new facts or legal authority that the party could not have previously produced with
reasonable diligence to the court.@ ElderBKeep v. Aksamit, 460 F.3d 979, 988 (8th
Cir.2006); Monsanto Co. v. E.I. Dupont de Nemours & Co., 2011 WL 322672 at *4
(E.D.Mo. Jan.31, 2011); Arnold v. ADT Sec. Services, Inc., 627 F.3d 716, 721 (8th
Cir.2010). A motion to reconsider Acannot be used to raise arguments which could
have been raised prior to the issuance of judgment.@ Hagerman v. Yukon Energy
Corp., 839 F.2d 407, 414 (8th Cir.1988). District courts have Abroad discretion@ in
determining whether to reconsider judgment. Hagerman, 839 F.2d at 413.
In his Motion, Plaintiff attempts to persuade the Court to grant relief from its
findings which led to the conclusion that Plaintiff failed to state a cause of action.
Plaintiff has presented nothing new, nor has he pointed the Court to any mistake so
severe as to establish manifest error. Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint clearly
stated that Plaintiff did not have1811 certification, which was a requirement for the
job for which he applied. The Court articulated its reasoning in finding that
Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint failed to satisfy the minimal pleading
requirements set forth in Twombly and Iqbal. Nothing has changed, nor should the
Opinion, Memorandum and Order in this matter be altered or amended.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Petitioner=s Motion to Alter or Amend the
Judgment Pursuant to Rule 59(e) of the Fed.R.Civ.Proc. [Doc. No.20] is denied.
Dated this17th day of April, 2017.
HENRY EDWARD AUTREY
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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