Ross et al v. Balderas et al
ORDER by Circuit Judge Paul Kelly, Jr. denying 261 Plaintiff Andrew Ross's Motion for Relief from final judgment on attorney's fees. (rt)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
ANDREW ROSS and SUSAN GERARD,
HECTOR BALDERAS, JR., ROBERT
GARCIA, SARAH MICHAEL
SINGLETON, FRANCIS J. MATHEW,
RAYMOND Z. ORTIZ, DAVID K.
THOMPSON, JENNIFER ATTREP, T.
GLENN ELLINGTON, SYLVIA
LAMAR, DONITA OLYMPIA SENA,
DONNA BEVACQUA-YOUNG, PAT
CASADOS, FRANK SEDILLO,
WILLIAM PACHECO, ANTONIO
GUTIERREZ, ANNA MONTOYA,
JUDAH BEN MONTANO, A. ARROYO,
E. MONTIJO, MICHELLE PORTILLO,
STEPHEN T. PACHECO, JANE
GAGNE, JOYCE BUSTOS, LYNN
PICKARD, PAMELA REYNOLDS,
ROBIN MARTINEZ, ROBERT
RICHARDS, BRENDA WALL,
AUDREY MONTOYA, and ALLSTATE
-------------------------PAMELA REYNOLDS and ROBERT
ANDREW ROSS and SUSAN GERARD,
ORDER ON RULE 60(B) MOTION FOR RELIEF FROM
FINAL JUDGMENT ON ATTORNEY’S FEES
THIS MATTER comes on for consideration of Plaintiff Andrew Ross’s Rule 60(b)
Motion for Relief from Final Judgment on Attorney’s Fees filed September 11, 2017
(Doc. 261). Upon consideration thereof, the Motion is not well taken and should be
Plaintiff Andrew Ross urges the court to relieve him from the award of attorney’s
fees contained in the judgment of August 11, 2017. Doc. 252. The basis for the motion is
that Mr. Ross should not be held accountable for his counsel’s (Mr. Kashanian’s) failure
to file an amended complaint promptly after the deficiencies of the first amended
complaint became apparent. He claims that his lawyer was engaged in disciplinary
proceedings. Mr. Ross contends that, had Mr. Kashanian attempted to file an amended
complaint sooner, leave to file what was essentially a third amended complaint would
have been granted.
Rule 60(b)(1) allows a court to relieve a party from a final judgment on the basis
of “mistake, inadvertence, surprise, or excusable neglect.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b)(1). Rule
60(b)(6) allows relief for “any other reason that justifies relief.” Rule 60(b)(1) relief is
unavailable to relieve a party for carelessness. Pelican Prod. Corp. v. Marino, 893 F.2d
1143, 1146 (10th Cir. 1990). Rule 60(b)(6) requires extraordinary circumstances
justifying relief, and is not a substitute for the grounds enumerated in Rule 60(b). Pioneer
Inv. Servs. Co. v. Brunswick Assocs. Ltd. P’ship, 507 U.S. 380, 393 (1993).
There are any number of reasons why this Rule 60(b) motion should be denied.
First, Mr. Ross, having selected counsel, is bound by his actions or inactions. See Smith
v. McCord, 707 F.3d 1161, 1162 (10th Cir. 2013). Second, Mr. Kashanian’s delay was
known to Mr. Ross well before the last attempt to file an amended complaint. See Doc.
261 at 2–3. Third, the court denied leave to amend not only due to delay, but also for
failure to correct obvious legal errors and adding claims based on facts known to the
Plaintiffs at the outset. Doc. 188 at 4. Fourth, at a minimum, although Mr. Kashanian
enabled these proceedings as the lawyer, Mr. Ross was complicit and culpable.
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED, ADJUDGED, and DECREED that
Plaintiff Andrew Ross’s Rule 60(b) Motion for Relief from Final Judgment on Attorney’s
Fees filed September 11, 2017 (Doc. 261) is denied. Mr. Richards’s request for
attorney’s fees (Doc. 262 at 9) for responding to this motion is denied.
DATED this 2nd day of October 2017, at Santa Fe, New Mexico.
United States Circuit Judge
Sitting by Designation
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