Redmond et al v. Green Tree Servicing, LLC
ORDER DENYING 52 Plaintiff's Motion for Reconsideration. Signed by US District Judge Terrence W. Boyle on 6/9/2014. (Fisher, M.)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF NORTH CAROLINA
TIMOTHY and COLLEEN REDMOND,
GREEN TREE SERVICING, LLC,
This matter is before the Court on the plaintiffs' motion for reconsideration pursuant to
FED. R. Crv. P. 60(b). [DE 52). For the reasons stated herein, the motion is DENIED.
On March 25, 2014, this Court entered an order granting defendant's motion for
summary judgment. On April16, 2014, plaintiffs filed the instant motion to reconsider.
FED. R. Crv. P. 60(b) permits a court to relieve a party from final judgment. However:
[i]t is a well settled principle of law that a Rule 60(b) motion seeking relief from a
final judgment is not a substitute for a timely and proper appeal. Therefore, before
seeking relief under Rule 60(b ), a party must show "timeliness, a lack of unfair
prejudice to the opposing party, a meritorious defense, and exceptional
circumstances." After a party has crossed this initial threshold, he must then
satisfy one of the six specific sections of Rule 60(b).
Dowell v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Auto Ins. Co., 993 F.2d 46, 48 (4th Cir. 1993) (quoting
Werner v. Carbo, 731 F.2d 204, 207 (4th Cir. 1984)).
Here plaintiffs fail to make the threshold showing of a meritorious defense or exceptional
circumstances. Plaintiffs aver that they filed their motion "in order to bring attention to selected
evidence" that "the Court may have overlooked .... "[DE 52 at 1]. This amounts to nothing
more than an attempt to relitigate the merits of the motions for summary judgment on which the
Court already ruled because plaintiffs disagree with the Court's ruling. Plaintiffs do not point to
any mistake, inadvertence, surprise, or excusable neglect warranting relief from judgment and
make no real argument that any error occurred. Further, this Court considered the evidence
plaintiffs fear it did not in making its earlier ruling. Plaintiffs' disagreement with the ruling is not
appropriate grounds for reconsideration. As it is clearly without merit, the motion for
reconsideration is denied.
For the foregoing reasons, the plaintiffs' motion for reconsideration is DENIED.
day of June, 2014.
T RRENCE W. BOYLE
UNITED STATES DISTRI
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