SkyMax Dominicana, S.A. et al v. Kasper
ORDER denying 51 Motion to Amend/Correct/Supplement. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Viktor V. Pohorelsky on 12/30/2013. (Pohorelsky, Viktor)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
SKYMAX DOMINICANA, S.A., et al.,
The plaintiffs have moved [DE 51] for reconsideration of the portion of this court’s
order dated December 6, 2013 that denied their motion to amend their answer to assert a
counterclaim. The defendant has opposed the motion [DE 52], and seeks an award of
attorneys’ fees for having to respond to the motion. Both motions are denied.
As for the plaintiffs’ motion for reconsideration, the standard for granting such
motions is strict. E.g., Shrader v. CSX Transp., Inc., 70 F.3d 255, 257 (2d Cir. 1995); accord
Hughes v. McWilliams, 04 CV 7030 (KMW), 2009 WL 2971757, at *1 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 16,
2009). Typically, to be successful the moving party must establish that the court overlooked
controlling decisions or data – “matters, in other words, that might reasonably be expected to
alter the conclusion reached by the court.” Shrader, 70 F.3d at 257 (citing Schonberger v. Serchuk,
742 F. Supp. 108, 119 (S.D.N.Y. 1990); Adams v. United States, 686 F. Supp. 417, 418
(S.D.N.Y. 1988)). Thus a movant may not advance new facts, issues or arguments that were
not previously presented to the Court, nor may the movant reargue issues already considered.
E.g., Pearson Educ., Inc. v. Frances, No. 11 CIV. 6081, 2012 WL 2930218, at *1 (S.D.N.Y. July
17, 2012); Gjoni v. Home Depot Inc., 99 Civ. 1849, 2002 WL 91623, at *1 (S.D.N.Y. Jan. 23,
2002); Davis v. The Gap, Inc., 186 F.R.D. 322, 324 (S.D.N.Y. 1999). Courts have adopted this
strict standard to prevent litigants from making repetitive arguments on issues that already
have been considered by the court or from offering new arguments on a motion the court
has already decided. Gjoni, 2002 WL 91623, at *1. These limitations serve to ensure finality
and to prevent losing parties from using motions for reconsideration as a vehicle by which
they may then plug the gaps of a lost motion with additional matters. Zoll v. Jordache
Enterprises Inc., No. 01 Civ. 1339, 2003 WL 1964054, at *2 (S.D.N.Y. April 24, 2003), quoting
Carolco Pictures, Inc. v. Sirota, 700 F. Supp. 169, 170 (S.D.N.Y. 1988).
The plaintiffs here cite no controlling facts or authority that would alter the court’s
initial determination. Rather they advance a new argument concerning the prejudice they
could suffer if amendment is not permitted, specifically, the claim they wish to now bring
might be time-barred unless they can take advantage of “relation back” under Rule 15(c).
This is precisely the type of new argument that should not be considered on a motion for
reconsideration. In any event, that potential prejudice has to be weighed against the
prejudice to the defendant that would arise from permitting amendment after a fully
submitted motion for summary judgment has been filed and is sub judice. The court is not at
all convinced that the balance weighs in the plaintiffs’ favor here, particularly since the facts
that give rise to their claim could easily have been learned far earlier in the litigation, perhaps
even before they filed their action.
As for the defendant’s motion for an award of fees, the only authority offered for
such an award is a decision involving a motion for reconsideration where the court found the
motion to have been improperly motivated solely by a desire to delay the proceedings. See
Fonar Corp. v. Magnetic Resonance Plus, Inc., 935 F. Supp. 443, 449-50 (S.D.N.Y. 1996). I find
no such purpose here.
For the foregoing reasons, the plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration and the
defendant’s motion for attorneys’ fees are both denied.
Viktor V. Pohorelsky
VIKTOR V. POHORELSKY
United States Magistrate Judge
Brooklyn, New York
December 26, 2013
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