Auge v. Stryker Corporation et al
ORDER by Magistrate Judge Stephan M. Vidmar DENYING 144 Plaintiff's Opposed Emergency Motion for Reconsideration of 140 Order Staying 132 the Court's Memorandum Opinion and Order regarding the de-designation of discovery material marked "Attorneys' Eyes Only." (am)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
No. 14-cv-1089 KG/SMV
STRYKER CORPORATION and
HOWMEDICA OSTEONICS CORPORATION,
ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF’S
EMERGENCY MOTION FOR RECONSIDERATION
THIS MATTER is before the Court on Plaintiff’s Opposed Emergency Motion for
Reconsideration. [Doc. 144]. On March 15, 2017, I granted Plaintiff’s motion to de-designate
more than 63,000 pages of discovery material that had been marked “Attorneys’ Eyes Only.”
[Doc. 132]. The parties had vigorously disputed whether the material constituted trade secrets,
which if disclosed to Dr. Augé, could harm Defendants. I agreed with Plaintiff and ordered
Defendants to produce de-designated or lesser-designated versions no later than April 14, 2017.
[Doc. 132] at 13. Defendants objected to my order, [Doc. 138], and moved for a stay pending
ruling on their objections, [Doc. 139]. I granted the stay. [Doc. 140]. Now Plaintiff asks me to
reconsider the stay. [Doc. 144].
The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure do not recognize motions for reconsideration.
Ysais v. Richardson, 603 F.3d 1175, 1178 n.2 (10th Cir. 2010).
Instead, a party seeking
reconsideration may file a motion to alter or amend judgment pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e),
Mr. Coll was substituted as Plaintiff in this matter when the original Plaintiff, Wayne Augé, II, M.D., filed for
bankruptcy. Mr. Coll is the trustee of the bankruptcy estate. [Doc. 30].
or a motion seeking relief from judgment under Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b). Id. (citing Van Skiver v.
United States, 952 F.2d 1241, 1243 (10th Cir. 1991)). Under either rule, “[g]rounds warranting a
motion to reconsider include (1) an intervening change in the controlling law, (2) new evidence
previously unavailable, and (3) the need to correct clear error or prevent manifest injustice.”
Servants of the Paraclete v. Does, 204 F.3d 1005, 1012 (10th Cir. 2000).
Plaintiff urges me to reconsider the stay for several reasons. Plaintiff believes there is no
likelihood that Defendants’ objections will succeed. [Doc. 144] at 1. He further argues that the
stay prejudices him because it will delay the completion of discovery and ultimate resolution of
the case. Id. at 2. He argues that I “misapprehended the law” by failing to explicitly discuss
certain factors in granting the stay and in granting the stay before he filed his response. Id. at 3.
He then goes on to present his arguments on why the stay was not warranted in the first place.
Id. at 4–6. Plaintiffs’ arguments are not persuasive. He cites no intervening change in the
controlling law or new evidence previously unavailable. Nor does Plaintiff show clear error or
manifest injustice. Reconsideration is not warranted.
IT IS ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that Plaintiff’s Opposed Emergency
Motion for Reconsideration [Doc. 144] is DENIED.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
STEPHAN M. VIDMAR
United States Magistrate Judge
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