Smith v. Taco Bell Corp. et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION OF THE COURT & ORDER: Pending before the court is a Motion to Alter and/or Amend Judgment, pursuant to local Rule 7.01 (Docket No. 30) filed by the defendant, John Smith. For the foregoing reasons, Smith's Motion is DENIED. Signed by District Judge Aleta A. Trauger on 9/7/17. (DOCKET TEXT SUMMARY ONLY-ATTORNEYS MUST OPEN THE PDF AND READ THE ORDER.)(am) (Main Document 32 replaced on 9/7/2017) (am).
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
MIDDLE DISTRICT OF TENNESSEE
EAST WEST ENTERPRISES, LLC
AND CVHC2, LLC,
Case No. 3:17-cv-00736
Judge Aleta A. Trauger
MEMORANDUM & ORDER
Pending before the court is a Motion to Alter and/or Amend Judgment, pursuant to local
Rule 7.01 (Docket No. 30) filed by the plaintiff, John Smith. For the reasons discussed herein,
Smith’s motion is denied.
The court is puzzled by Smith’s arguments. First, he attacks on factual grounds the
following footnote from the court’s Order dismissing his claims: “The court notes that the
Middle District of Tennessee has seen a heavy influx of non-local ADA plaintiffs in recent
years.” Yet in his motion, Smith acknowledges that in 2011, six non-local plaintiffs filed ADA
suits in the Middle District and, in 2013, fourteen non-local plaintiffs filed ADA suits in the
Middle District. These twenty plaintiffs alone constitute approximately one-sixth of all ADA
suits filed in the Middle District since 2011.
Smith’s legal assertions are similarly bewildering. He contends that, with regard to the
four-factor test for requisite threat of future injury, the footnote “creates the impression that the
Court is giving more weight” to the first factor than the other three factors. This impression is
unwarranted. The Order addresses each factor in turn, and nothing in the footnote indicates
analytical predominance of the first factor. Smith also contends that the court erred in limiting
its analysis of the first factor—the proximity of the defendant's business to the plaintiff's
residence—to the proximity of the defendant’s business to the plaintiff’s residence. He
The current opinion, by establishing a presumption against the
proximity factor based on distance between the plaintiffs (sic)
residence and the business only, places undue emphasis on the
distance between the residence and the business to determine the
proximity factor. This is the error of the 100-mile presumption in
this case and others; it automatically places the proximity factor
against the plaintiff based on residence to business distance only,
without allowing any balancing as to that factor due to be allowed
because of the distance/proximity that the plaintiff may have when
the plaintiff travels.
The court disagrees. Furthermore, the Order specifically addresses the distance between the
Galleria Taco Bell and Smith’s travel accommodations under the test’s fourth factor: the
plaintiff’s frequency of travel near the defendant. Smith seeks to reformulate the test so that the
court will double-count a consideration he deems favorable. The court will do no such thing.
For the foregoing reasons, Smith’s Motion is DENIED.
Enter this 7th day of September 2017.
ALETA A. TRAUGER
United States District Judge
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