Novingers, Inc. v. A.J.D. Construction Co., Inc.
ORDER denying deft's motion 35 for reconsideration & denying deft's alternative motion to certify case for immediate appeal pursuant to 28 USC § 1292(b). (See order for complete details.) Signed by Chief Judge Christopher C. Conner on 6/6/19. (ki)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
A.J.D. CONSTRUCTION CO., INC.,
CIVIL ACTION NO. 1:18-CV-1145
(Chief Judge Conner)
AND NOW, this 6th day of June, 2019, upon consideration of the motion (Doc.
35) for reconsideration of the court’s order (Doc. 33) dated March 25, 2019—denying
the motion to dismiss for lack of personal jurisdiction or alternatively to transfer
venue under 28 U.S.C. § 1404(a)—filed by defendant A.J.D. Construction Co. Inc.
(“A.J.D.”), 1 and the court emphasizing that a motion for reconsideration of a final
order under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 59(e) must rely on one of the following
three grounds: “(1) an intervening change in controlling law; (2) the availability of
new evidence; or (3) the need to correct clear error of law or prevent manifest
injustice,” Wiest v. Lynch, 710 F.3d 121, 128 (3d Cir. 2013) (quoting Lazaridis
v. Wehmer, 591 F.3d 666, 669 (3d Cir. 2010)); see Max’s Seafood Café v. Quinteros,
176 F.3d 669, 677-78 (3d Cir. 1999); Harsco Corp. v. Zlotnicki, 779 F.2d 906, 909 (3d
Cir. 1985), and noting that the court possesses an inherent power to reconsider its
interlocutory orders “when it is consonant with justice to do so,” State Nat’l Ins. Co.
A.J.D.’s motion (Doc. 35) alternatively requests that this court certify the
case for immediate appeal pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1292(b).
v. County of Camden, 824 F.3d 399, 406 & n.14 (3d Cir. 2016) (citing United States
v. Jerry, 487 F.2d 600, 605 (3d Cir. 1973)); Alea N. Am. Ins. Co. v. Salem Masonry
Co., 301 F. App’x 119, 121 (3d Cir. 2008), but that a party may not invoke a motion
for reconsideration as a means to “relitigate old matters” or present previously
available arguments or evidence, see Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker, 554 U.S. 471, 485
n.5 (2008) (citation omitted), and it appearing that A.J.D. bases its motion on
arguments identical to or expanding upon those previously raised before—and
rejected by—the undersigned, and that A.J.D. fails to substantiate a basis to
reconsider the court’s prior decision, 2 and accordingly fails to establish why
reconsideration would be “consonant with justice,” Jerry, 487 F.2d at 605, it is
hereby ORDERED that:
A.J.D. attacks the court’s prior decision regarding personal jurisdiction in
piecemeal fashion, isolating each jurisdictional fact and arguing that such a
circumstance—by itself—is insufficient to confer personal jurisdiction over A.J.D.
As we previously explained, whether a court has personal jurisdiction over a
defendant in a breach of contract case is a totality-of-the-circumstances inquiry.
See Novinger’s Inc. v. A.J.D. Constr. Co., __ F. Supp. 3d __, 2019 WL 1330354, at *3
(M.D. Pa. Mar. 25, 2019) (Conner, C.J.) (citing Telcordia Tech Inc. v. Telkom SA
Ltd., 458 F.3d 172, 177 (3d Cir. 2006)). We have already performed that analysis.
See id. at *4-5. A.J.D. merely seeks a different outcome to our jurisdictional
examination, which is not a proper basis for reconsideration. To the extent that
A.J.D. challenges the factual basis for plaintiff’s breach of contract claim as it relates
to alleged underpayment for fabrication, (see Doc. 47 at 5-6), we take plaintiff’s
allegations as true and construe disputed facts in its favor, as we must, when
deciding a motion to dismiss under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(b)(2). See
Pinker v. Roche Holdings, Ltd., 292 F.3d 361, 368 (3d Cir. 2002) (citation omitted).
A.J.D.’s motion (Doc. 35) for reconsideration is DENIED.
A.J.D.’s alternative motion to certify this case for immediate
appeal pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1292(b) is DENIED, as this case
does not involve “a controlling question of law as to which there
is a substantial ground for difference of opinion.” 28 U.S.C.
/S/ CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER
Christopher C. Conner, Chief Judge
United States District Court
Middle District of Pennsylvania
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