GILLON et al v. BERSTEIN
ORDER denying 73 Motion for reconsideration (erroneously called motion to appoint expert). Signed by Judge William J. Martini on 1/17/17. (gh, )
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY
IRIS GILLON and IRIS GILLON MUSIC’N
CELEBRATIONS, LLD d/b/a/ IGMC,
Civ. No. 2:12-04891
THIS MATTER comes before the Court on Plaintiffs’ motion for reconsideration
(ECF No. 74)1 of the Court’s summary judgment opinion (“Opinion”) filed on November
3, 2016 (ECF No. 71). Plaintiffs argue that the Court erred for the following reasons: (1)
the Opinion failed to consider the imputation of fraud to Plaintiff Gillon, see id. at 7–8;
(2) the Court erroneously held that the law of product disparagement subsumed Plaintiffs’
defamation claim, see id. at 8–9; (3) the Court erroneously held that Plaintiffs did not
show special damages, see id. at 9–12; and (4) the Court misapprehended the law of false
light, see id. at 12–14.
Plaintiffs appear to have once again disregarded this Court’s previous ruling at the
dismissal phase. In that opinion, the Court ruled that only two statements survived
dismissal: the so-called “Musicians Statement” and “Electricians Statement.” All other
statements were dismissed with prejudice. See ECF No. 16. Plaintiffs did not appeal. As
noted in the Opinion, the Court was, therefore, limited to considering the parties’
The Court notes that Plaintiffs’ counsel appears to have erroneously filed an incomplete version of the instant
motion as ECF No. 73. The Court disregards it and addresses only ECF No. 74.
arguments with respect to only the two surviving statements. See ECF No. 71 at 5–6.
Nonetheless, Plaintiffs’ first two arguments ask this Court to consider language outside
the scope of the two statements.
Furthermore, the Court directly addressed the
imputation of fraud to Plaintiffs and found that there was none. See id. at 8–10.
Regarding Plaintiffs’ third argument, the Court addressed Plaintiffs’ failure to
establish special damages at length in the Opinion. See ECF No. 71 at 12–15. Plaintiffs
now attempt to correct their failure by filing several hundred pages of exhibits that
purportedly support the expert report of Shane McMurray.
Plaintiffs had every
opportunity to produce the requisite indicia of reliability at summary judgment and failed
to do so through no fault other than their own. Plaintiffs’ submissions are disallowed on
reconsideration. See Harsco Corp. v. Zlotnicki, 779 F.2d 906, 909 (3d Cir. 1985).
Finally, the Court addressed Plaintiffs’ false light argument in the Opinion. See
ECF No. 71 at 17–19. Plaintiffs’ argument is an impermissible attempt to re-litigate the
issue. In sum, Plaintiffs’ arguments “do not identify any controlling legal or factual
issues that were not previously considered by the Court in deciding the initial motion.”
See In re Gabapentin Patent Litig., 432 F. Supp. 2d 461, 464 (D.N.J. 2006). For this
IT IS on this 17th day of January 2017, hereby,
ORDERED that Plaintiff’s motion is DENIED.
/s/ William J. Martini
WILLIAM J. MARTINI, U.S.D.J.
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