Micro System Engineering, Inc. v. Universal Instruments Corporation
SUMMARY ORDER - That MSEI and MTA's 230 Motion for Reconsideration is DENIED (from Lead Case 3:13-cv-831). Signed by Senior Judge Gary L. Sharpe on 4/11/2017.(jel, )
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
MICRO SYSTEM ENGINEERING,
INC. et al.,
MICRO SYSTEM ENGINEERING,
Plaintiff/consolidated defendant Universal Instruments Corporation
commenced this action against defendant/consolidated plaintiff Micro
System Engineering, Inc. (MSEI) and defendant Missouri Tooling and
Automation (MTA) alleging copyright infringement, breach of contract,
misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, unjust enrichment,
and promissory estoppel. (See generally 3d Am. Compl., Dkt. No. 103.1)
MSEI commenced a separate action against Universal alleging breach of
the duty of confidentiality, unfair competition, misappropriation of trade
secrets, and “an injunction.” (See generally Compl., Dkt. No. 1, 3:13-cv1144.) The two actions were consolidated, and the earlier-filed designated
as the lead. (Dkt. No. 26.) On February 24, 2017, this court issued a
Memorandum-Decision and Order which, as relevant here, denied MSEI
and MTA’s motion for summary judgment, (Dkt. No. 196), and granted in
part and denied in part Universal’s cross motion for partial summary
judgment, (Dkt. No. 209). (Dkt. No. 228.) Pending is defendants MSEI
and MTA’s motion for reconsideration. (Dkt. No. 230.) For the reasons
that follow, the motion is denied.
Motions for reconsideration proceed in the Northern District of New
York under Local Rule 7.1(g). “In order to prevail on a motion for
reconsideration, the movant must satisfy stringent requirements.” In re CTC 9th Ave. P’ship v. Norton Co., 182 B.R. 1, 2 (N.D.N.Y. 1995). Such
motions “will generally be denied unless the moving party can point to
Unless otherwise specified, citations are to 3:13-cv-831.
controlling decisions or data that the court overlooked—matters, in other
words, that might reasonably be expected to alter the conclusion reached
by the court.” Shrader v. CSX Transp., Inc., 70 F.3d 255, 257 (2d Cir.
1995); see Analytical Surveys, Inc. v. Tonga Partners, L.P., 684 F.3d 36,
52 (2d Cir. 2012). The prevailing rule “recognizes only three possible
grounds upon which motions for reconsideration may be granted; they are
(1) an intervening change in controlling law, (2) the availability of new
evidence not previously available, or (3) the need to correct a clear error of
law or prevent manifest injustice.” In re C-TC 9th Ave. P’ship, 182 B.R. at
3 (citation omitted); see Kolel Beth Yechiel Mechil of Tartikov, Inc. v. YLL
Irrevocable Tr., 729 F.3d 99, 104 (2d Cir. 2013). “[A] motion to reconsider
should not be granted where the moving party seeks solely to re[-]litigate
an issue already decided.” Shrader, 70 F.3d at 257.
MSEI and MTA make two general arguments supporting
reconsideration. First, without applying their argument to the pertinent
standard, MSEI and MTA contend that “MSEI owns all rights in customized
software based upon [s]ection 8.4 [of the Equipment Purchase Agreement
(EPA)] because the parties intended that ‘equipment’ include software.”
(Dkt. No. 230, Attach. 1 at 2.) MSEI and MTA go on to itemize sections of
the EPA which they argue the court either did not address or only “make
sense” if equipment is interpreted to include software. (Id. at 2-10.)
Second, MSEI and MTA argue that, independent of the definition of
equipment in the EPA, the parties intended that MSEI would own all of the
intellectual property rights in the customized software. (Id. at 10-13.) As
discussed below, both arguments fail to identify an intervening change in
controlling law, to present new evidence not previously available, or to
demonstrate a clear error committed by the court. See In re C-TC 9th Ave.
P’ship, 182 B.R. at 3.
Regarding MSEI and MTA’s first argument, the court has already
reviewed the EPA, necessarily considered and accounted for its
contractual provisions, and resolved the interpretation of “equipment”
adversely to MSEI and MTA. (Dkt. No. 228 at 17-23.) MSEI and MTA
challenge the court’s holding by resorting to the same arguments
advanced in their submissions on their motion for summary judgment.
(Compare Dkt. No. 199, Attach. 1 at 34-44, with Dkt. No. 230, Attach. 1 at
2-10.) Such arguments are reserved for an appeal and are not proper on a
motion for reconsideration. See Sequa Corp. v. GBJ Corp., 156 F.3d 136,
144 (2d Cir. 1998) (affirming the “basic principle” that parties do not get a
“second bite at the apple” to relitigate old issues) (internal quotation marks
and citations omitted); Schonberger v. Serchuk, 742 F. Supp. 108, 119
(S.D.N.Y. 1990) (holding reconsideration “is not designed to allow wasteful
repetition of arguments already briefed, considered and decided”).
Similarly, to the extent that MSEI and MTA’s second argument raises
new issues not previously litigated, it also fails to meet the standard for a
motion for reconsideration. A party cannot “try out one theory of
[argument] and, if that theory proves unavailing, to then seek
reconsideration by offering a different theory.” Trudeau v. Bockstein, No.
05-cv-1019, 2008 WL 541158, at *2 (N.D.N.Y. Feb. 25, 2008);
see Kaufman v. Columbia Mem’l Hosp., No. 1:11-CV-667, 2014 WL
2776662, at *3 (N.D.N.Y. June 19, 2014) (“A motion for reconsideration is
not an opportunity for a losing party to advance new arguments to supplant
those that failed in the prior briefing of the issue.”). Nor can a party “plug
the gaps of a lost motion with additional matters.” Trudeau, 2008 WL
541158, at *2 (internal quotation marks and citations omitted).
Consequently, MSEI and MTA’s motion for reconsideration is denied.
Accordingly, it is hereby
ORDERED that MSEI and MTA’s motion for reconsideration (Dkt.
No. 230) is DENIED; and it is further
ORDERED that the Clerk provide a copy of this Summary Order to
IT IS SO ORDERED.
April 11, 2017
Albany, New York
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