MARCHI v. M&T BANK, et als
OPINION & ORDER, Denying 24 APPLICATION/PETITION for reconsideration as to Dismissal, for by ANNE MARIE MARCHI. Signed by Judge Kevin McNulty on 4/24/2017. (JB, )
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW JERSEY
ANNE MARIE MARCHI,
Civ. No. 15-5725 (KM)
OPINION & ORDER
HUDSON CITY SAVINGS BANK,
KEVIN MCNULTY, U.S.D.J.:
By Amended Order (ECF no. 23) and Amended Opinion (ECF no. 22) filed
February 15, 2017, I granted the motion of defendant M&T Bank to dismiss the
amended complaint, which the court, after giving due notice, had converted to
a motion for summary judgment pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(d) and 56. Now
before the court is the motion of the plaintiff, Anne Marie Marchi, for
reconsideration (ECF no. 24), to which M&T Bank has filed a response (ECF
no. 25). For the reasons expressed herein, the motion for reconsideration will
be denied. Familiarity with my prior orders and opinions in this case is
The standards governing a motion for reconsideration are well settled.
See generally D.N.J. Loc. Civ. R. 7.1(i). Reconsideration is an “extraordinary
remedy,” to be granted “sparingly.” NL Indus. Inc. v. Commercial Union Ins. Co.,
935 F. Supp. 513, 516 (D.N.J. 1996). Generally, reconsideration is granted in
three scenarios: (1) when there has been an intervening change in the law; (2)
when new evidence has become available; or (3) when necessary to correct a
clear error of law or to prevent manifest injustice. See North River Ins. Co. v.
CIGNA Reinsurance Co., 52 F.3d 1194, 1218 (3d Cir. 1995); Carmichael v.
Everson, 2004 WL 1587894, at *1 (D.N.J. May 21, 2004). Local Rule 7.1(i)
requires such a motion to specifically identify “the matter or controlling
decisions which the party believes the Judge or Magistrate Judge has
overlooked.” Id.; see also Egloff v. New Jersey Air Nat’l Guard, 684 F. Supp.
1275, 1279 (D.N.J. 1988). Evidence or arguments that were available at the
time of the original decision will not support a motion for reconsideration.
Damiano v. Sony Music Entm’t, Inc., 975 F. Supp. 623, 636 (D.N.J. 1997); see
also North River Ins. Co., 52 F.3d at 1218; .Bapu Corp. v. Choice Hotels Int’l, Inc.,
2010 WL 5418972, at *4 (D.N.J. Dec. 23, 2010) (citing P. Schoenfeld Asset
Mgmt. LLC v. Cendant Corp., 161 F. Supp. 2d 349, 352 (D.N.J. 2001)).
To begin with, Ms. Marchi cites nothing that was not otcould not have
been raised in connection with the motion. For this reason alone, her motion
for reconsideration must be denied. I nevertheless discuss the grounds she
Ms. Marchi objects that I did not consider her opposition to M&T’s
motion, which was filed on February 10, 2017, but not entered until February
14, 2017. (See ECF no. 21) The response was due on February 10, 2017, and it
had not appeared on the docket when I filed my original opinion and order on
February 14, 2017. When it came to my attention, I immediately reopened the
file, considered it, and entered an amended opinion and order. It is cited in the
Amended Order, and discussed explicitly in Section III.C of the Amended
Ms. Marchi objects here, as she did in her papers on the motion, to the
conversion of the motion to dismiss to one for summary judgment. This was
properly done, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(d). 1 specifically afforded Ms.
Marchi the opportunity to respond to the motion as one for summary
judgment, and she did so. See Amended Opinion, pp.2—3, 10—11. Thus the
potential error identified in the cited case, Rycoline Prods. Inc. v. C& W
Unlimited, 109 F.3d 883, 886-87 (3d Cir. 1997), is not present here.
Ms. Marchi objects here, as she did before, that discovery
citing the same items she cited in her opposing pape
rs on the motion. For the
reasons expressed in the Amended Opinion, discovery is
not required. See
Amended Opinion, pp. 7—11. The grounds for dismissal
—missing the statute of
limitations by some 12 years, and the alleged lack of notice
Hudson/ M&T merger—do not require further developm
ent in discovery.
Ms. Marchi’s citation of Rahim v. Sottile Sec. Co., 32 A.D.
3d 77, 817
N.Y.S. 2d 33 (2006) is unavailing. This authority is not
controlling in this
jurisdiction. At any rate, it is not on point as to the issue
s—it involves the
situations under which a party may by contract assume
a tort duty of care.
Ms. Marchi faults M&T for failure to comply with N.J. Ct.
(disclosure of related litigation) in the state-court forec
losure action. Assuming
it occurred, it would furnish no basis for vacating the dism
issal in this action.
For the foregoing reasons,
IT IS this 2 day of April, 2017,
ORDERED that the motion of the plaintiff, Anne Marie March
reconsideration (ECF no. 24) is DENIED.
United States District Ju ge
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