Westlb AG, New York Branch v. BAC Florida Bank et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER re: 168 MOTION for Reconsideration USMF's Motion to Reinstate Defendant's Motion for Reconsideration, filed by U.S. Mortgage Finance, LLC, U.S. Mortgage Finance II, LLC. For the foregoing reasons, USMF's motion to reinstate its motion for reconsideration is granted, and the motion for reconsideration itself is denied. This Order resolves docket entry nos. 150 and 168. (Signed by Judge Laura Taylor Swain on 10/4/2012) (ja)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
No. 11 Civ. 5398 (LTS)(AJP)
BAC FLORIDA BANK, U.S. MORTGAGE
FINANCE, LLC and U.S. MORTGAGE
FINANCE II, LLC,
MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER
Plaintiff WestLB ("Plaintiff' or "WestLB") is the lender under certain mortgage
agreements, pursuant to which U.S. Mortgage Finance, LLC ("USMF") purchased mortgages
from BAC Florida Bank ("BAC"), which also services the mortgages on a day-to-day basis.
WestLB commenced this action in August 2011, claiming that USMF and BAC (collectively,
"Defendants") had breached the relevant mortgage and servicing agreements by failing to
dispose of certain foreclosed properties. WestLB has charged expenses ofthis litigation against
revenues produced by the mortgage portfolios. This Court has jurisdiction of the action pursuant
to 28 U.S.c. § 1332. On April 3, 2012, USMF moved for a preliminary injunction, seeking to
prevent WestLB from using the funds at issue to pay for its litigation expenses. The Court
denied the motion for a preliminary injunction, finding that USMF had failed to show irreparable
injury. USMF moved for reconsideration, but that motion was terminated due to USMF's failure
to comply with the Court's procedural Rule A.2.b. Now before the Court is USMF's motion to
reinstate its motion for reconsideration. The Court has reviewed carefully all of the parties'
submissions in connection with both USMF's motion to reinstate and the underlying motion for
reconsideration. For the following reasons, the motion to reinstate is granted, and the underlying
motion for reconsideration is denied. Familiarity with the prior motion practice in this case is
USMF has adequately certified its compliance with Paragraph A.2.b ofthis
Court's individual practice rules. Accordingly, the Court will consider the underlying motion for
reconsideration on the merits.
USMF moves for reconsideration pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 54(b) and Local
Civil Rule 6.3, requesting that the Court reconsider or amend its August 2,2012, order (the
"Order") denying USMF's motion for a preliminary injunction. Fed R. Civ. P. 54(b) permits a
prior decision to be challenged only when there is "an intervening change of controlling law, the
availability of new evidence, or the need to correct a clear error or prevent a manifest injustice."
Official Comm. of Unsecured Creditors of Color Tile, Inc. v. Coopers & Lybrand, LLP, 322
F.3d 147, 167 (2d Cif. 2003) (internal quotations omitted). A district court has broad discretion
in deciding a Rule 54(b) motion. Id. Under Local Civil Rule 6.3, the standard of review for a
motion for reconsideration is the same as that under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 59( e).
Local Civ. R. 6.3; Fed. R. Civ. P. 59(e); Williams v. N.Y. City Dep't ofCorr., 219 F.R.D. 78, 83
(S.D.N.Y. 2003). The movant bears the heavy burden of demonstrating that the Court
"overlooked controlling decisions or factual matters that were put before it on the underlying
motion." Mina Inv. Holdings Ltd. v. Lefkowitz, 184 F.R.D. 245,250 (S.D.N.Y. 1999).
Moreover, Local Rule 6.3 generally precludes a movant from "advancing new facts, issues or
arguments not previously presented to the court." United States v. Tillman, 07 Cr. 1209 (LTS),
2009 WL 1270301, at *1 (S.D.N.Y. May 6, 2009) (internal quotations omitted). A motion for
reconsideration is "not intended as a vehicle for a party dissatisfied with the Court's ruling to
advance new theories that the movant failed to advance in connection with the underlying
motion." Parrish v. Sollecito, 253 F. Supp. 2d 713, 715 (S.D.N.Y.2003). Nor is it a chance for a
party to take a "second bite at the apple." Rafter v. Liddle, 288 Fed. App'x 768, 769 (2d Cir.
USMF's motion for reconsideration is meritless. In its moving papers, USMF
fails to even reference the stringent legal standard that must be met before this Court may grant a
motion for reconsideration, and neither points to "an intervening change of controlling law, the
availability of new evidence, or the need to correct a clear error or prevent a manifest injustice,"
Color Tile, 322 F.3d at 167, nor demonstrates that the Court "overlooked controlling decisions or
factual matters that were put before it on the underlying motion." Mina Inv. Holdings, 184
F.R.D. at 250. Rather, USMF's only argument in support of its motion is that USMF
"respectfully disagrees with the Court's conclusion" that a preliminary injunction is
unwarranted. This is merely an attempt to take a "second bite at the apple." Rafter, 288 Fed.
App'x at 769. For substantially the same reasons, USMF's request that the Court "clarify" its
Order to state that it rests on the premise that an Event of Default will not be permitted to occur
if funds available for distribution are insufficient to pay WestLB' s obligations to Akin Gump is
denied. The Court notes that WestLB has proffered that it will not declare a default in
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