Matthews v. RationalWiki Foundation
MEMORANDUM OPINION re: Pltf's Motion for Reconsideration. Signed by District Judge Liam O'Grady on 02/08/17. (pmil, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF VIRGINIA
Alexander Otis Matthews
Civil Action No. 1:14-cv-257
RationalWiki Foundation, et al,
This matter comes before the Court on the Plaintiffs Motion for Reconsideration
pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 59(e). Dkt. No. 9. Plaintiff seeks reconsideration of
the Court's denial of Plaintiffs Motion to Amend the Complaint. Dkt. No. 8. For the reasons
discussed below, the Court ORDERS that the Motion is DENIED.
The factual background of this case was set forth in detail in the Court's earlier Orders in
this matter. See Dkt. Nos. 6, 8. The Court pauses to note only those details essential to the
disposition of this Motion. Plaintifffiled the Complaint on February 25,2014 naming
RationalWiki Foundation for libel arising out of content posted by users on the Foundation's
website. Dkt. No. 1. The Complaint also named a John Doe Defendant as the alleged author of
the libelous statements. The Plaintiff sought to correct the names of the John Doe Defendants on
March 10,2016. Dkt. No. 3. The Court granted the Motion to Amend only so far as to indicate
the day on which he discovered the identity of the John Does. Dkt. No. 6. Plaintiffamended the
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