Felton-Miller v. Astrue
ORDER denying 40 Motion for Reconsideration - Signed by Chief Judge Louise Wood Flanagan on 03/08/2011. (Baker, C.)
Felton-Miller v. Astrue
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
PAULA FELTON-MILLER, Plaintiff, v. MICHAEL J. ASTRUE, Commissioner of Social Security, Defendant.
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This matter earlier came before the court on the memorandum and recommendation ("M&R") of United States Magistrate Judge Robert B. Jones. The magistrate judge recommended that plaintiffs motion for judgment on the pleadings be denied, and that defendant's motion for judgment on the pleadings be granted. For reasons stated within the court's order dated
November 17,2010, the court adopted in full the findings and conclusions of the magistrate judge and upheld the final decision ofthe Commissioner denying plaintiff benefits. Judgment was entered according to the court's order on November 22, 2010. Plaintiff filed the instant motion for reconsideration (DE #40) on November 29,2010. Defendant timely responded on December 9, 2010. In this posture, the issues raised are ripe for review. In reviewing a motion pursuant to Rule 59(e) ofthe Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, a court should amend its earlier judgment for any of the following reasons: (1) to accommodate an intervening change in controlling law; (2) to account for new evidence not available at trial; or (3) to correct a clear error oflaw or prevent manifest injustice. Hutchinson v. Station, 994 F.2d 1076, 1081 (4th Cir. 1993). Plaintiff does not specifically identify an alleged basis of amendment, but
offers no new evidence or argument regarding a change in controlling law; therefore, she apparently asserts that the court committed clear error in its earlier ruling. Plaintiff seeks the court's reconsideration of its order upholding the Commissioner's final decision on two grounds set forth more specifically in plaintiff's motion. Having reviewed
plaintiff's arguments, the relevant case law, and the facts in this case, the court determines its previous order contains no clear error and accordingly reaffirms its previous holding. Plaintiff's motion for reconsideration accordingly is DENIED. SO ORDERED, this t h e L day of March, 2011.
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