Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's and those companies severally subscribing to Boeing Policy Number MARCW150053 and related policies governing the cargo et al v. Southern Pride Trucking, Inc. et al
ORDER that Bauer's motion for reconsideration (filing 163 ) is denied. Ordered by Judge John M. Gerrard. (LAC)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
CERTAIN UNDERWRITERS AT
LLOYD'S AND THOSE COMPANIES
SEVERALLY SUBSCRIBING TO
BOEING POLICY NUMBER
MARCW150053 AND RELATED
POLICIES GOVERNING THE
SOUTHERN PRIDE TRUCKING,
INC., et al.,
This matter is before the Court on defendant Bauer Built's motion to
reconsider the Court's September 27, 2017 Memorandum and Order (M&O).
That motion will be denied.
On January 26, 2017, the Magistrate Judge issued a text order
granting the plaintiffs' motion to amend their complaint. Filing 114. Bauer,
in its January 27 motion for summary judgment, expressed disagreement
with that decision, arguing that the Magistrate Judge had mistakenly
deemed the plaintiffs' motion unopposed. Filing 123 at 6 n.1. Bauer did not,
however, file an objection or motion for reconsideration as provided under
NECivR 72.2(a). So, this Court—in its September 27 M&O—refused to
address Bauer's arguments, deeming the matter a "moot point" and "water
under the bridge." Filing 159 at 5-6.
Bauer seeks reconsideration of that decision, arguing that it did, in
fact, object to the Magistrate Judge's text order. See filing 163. To support
that contention, Bauer points to a January 26 email it sent to the Magistrate
Judge in which it requested that the Court "amend its order" and "strike
plaintiffs' recently filed amended complaint[.]" Filing 163-1 at 1. According to
Bauer, that correspondence "sufficiently and appropriately documents its
timely and diligent objections," and therefore complies with the local rules.
But that argument is misplaced. Indeed, under the local rules, the
objecting party must file its objection within 14 days of being served with the
order. See NECivR 72.2(a). And that requirement, as clarified by NECivR
5.1(d), requires more than an informal email to the respective judge's
chambers. See NECivR 5.1(d) ("A document faxed or e-mailed to the clerk or
assigned judge is not considered filed without a court order."). Further, even
if the Court were to construe the January 26 email as a motion for
reconsideration, that does not excuse the fact that Bauer did not formally
object to the Magistrate Judge's decision within 14 days. In other words, a
properly filed motion for reconsideration does not obviate or toll the
requirements set forth under Rule 72.2(a). Accordingly, because Bauer did
not object to the January 26 text order, the Court cannot, and will not, revisit
the Magistrate Judge's decision.
IT IS ORDERED that Bauer's motion for reconsideration (filing 163) is
Dated this 18th day of October, 2017.
BY THE COURT:
John M. Gerrard
United States District Judge
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