Mattson et al v. Johnson et al
ORDER denying ECF No. 53 Motion for Reconsideration; granting ECF No. 54 Motion to Extend Time - motions for summary judgment may be re-filed within 30 days; substituting John F. Kelly for Jeh Johnson, and substituting Jeff Sessions for Loretta E. Lynch. Signed by Judge Larry R. Hicks on 2/24/2017. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - KR)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
HEATHER MATTSON AND ROMAN
JOHN F. KELLY, et al.,
Before the court is Plaintiffs’ motion for reconsideration (ECF No. 53) of the court’s
February 10, 2017 order (ECF No. 52). Plaintiffs have also moved to extend time for the re-filing
of cross motions for summary judgment. ECF No. 54.
The parties are familiar with the facts and procedural history of this case, which the court
described at length in its previous order. See ECF No. 52. In that order, the court denied
Plaintiffs’ motion for Rule 11 sanctions against Defendants and denied both parties’ summary-
judgment motions without prejudice, granting them leave to re-file their motions within 30 days
of the order. Id.
While Plaintiffs now move for reconsideration of that order, they do “not seek to change
the court’s ultimate ruling on” their sanctions motion. ECF No. 53 at 1. Rather, Plaintiffs “seek
reconsideration or clarification, as appropriate, of a single paragraph within” the order:
Moreover, there is no merit to Plaintiffs’ argument that the record does not
support the basic assertion that immigration agents interviewed Bufalino and that
she provided them her original statement. Her statement is contained within an
INS form, and there is no plausible explanation for why this completed form
would exist if Bufalino was not interviewed by immigration agents.
Id. at 2 (quoting ECF No. 52 at 7). Plaintiffs argue that, based on this language, the court made a
factual finding that Bufalino was interviewed by immigration agents and provided them her
original handwritten statement. Id. However, Plaintiffs assert that the amended administrative
record does not support this finding because the INS form that the court referenced was
“concealed from Plaintiffs during the entire course of the administrative proceedings.” Id.
Plaintiffs devote the remainder of their motion to describing how they could have challenged the
form’s authenticity and/or credibility during the administrative proceedings. Id. at 2–4.
The court finds that these arguments are only appropriate for the parties’ cross motions
for summary judgment and will therefore deny Plaintiffs’ motion for reconsideration. Moreover,
in its last order, the court only sought to determine whether Defendants made factually
misleading statements in their original summary-judgment motion and whether sanctions were
therefore warranted. Only when the court rules on the parties’ re-filed summary-judgment
motions will it ultimately determine—as appropriate for the relevant standard of review—
whether the record supported the agency’s findings.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Plaintiffs’ motion for reconsideration (ECF No. 53)
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Plaintiffs’ motion to extend time (ECF No. 54) is
GRANTED. Plaintiffs and Defendants may re-file their motions for summary judgment within
30 days of the date of this order. The parties may file a response to the re-filed motions for
summary judgment within 30 days of each motion being re-filed and may then file a reply within
30 days of the responses.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 25(d), Jeh
Johnson is substituted by John F. Kelly as the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
and Loretta E. Lynch is substituted by Jeff Sessions as the United States Attorney General.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
DATED this 24th day of February, 2017.
LARRY R. HICKS
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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