I/P Engine, Inc. v. AOL, Inc. et al
ORDER denying Plaintiff's 825 Motion for New Trial on the Dollar Amount of Past Damages. Signed by District Judge Raymond A. Jackson and filed on 4/2/13. (mwin, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT CO JRT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OFVIRGINIA
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APR - 2 2013
I/P ENGINE, INC.,
CLERK, US DISTRICT COURT
CIVIL ACTION NO. 2:llcv512
AOL INC., et al.9
Before the Court is Plaintiffs Motion for a New Trial on the Dollar Amount of Past
Damage (ECF No. 825), pursuant to Rule 59(a) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Rule
59(a) instructs that "[t]he court may, on motion, grant a new trial on all or some of the issues—
and to any party... after a jury trial, for any reason for which a new trial has heretofore been
granted in an action at law in federal court[.]" As a general matter, disturbing a jury's verdict by
ordering a new trial under Rule 59(a) is an extreme remedy only warranted in a narrow set of
On such a motion it is the duty of the judge to set aside the verdict and grant a
new trial, if he is of the opinion that  the verdict is against the clear weight of
the evidence, or  is based upon evidence which is false, or  will result in a
miscarriage of justice, even though there may be substantial evidence which
would prevent the direction of a verdict.
AtlasFoodSys. & Servs. v. Crane Nat'l Vendors, 99 F.3d 587, 594 (4th Cir. 1996). Further,
"[o]n a Rule 59 motion, courts may make credibilityjudgments in determining the clear weight
of the evidence." Attard Indus, v. United States Fire Ins. Co., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 119119
(E.D. Va. Nov. 9, 2010) (citation omitted). Finally, "the court will search the record for
evidence that could reasonably lead the jury to reach its verdict, drawing all reasonable
inferences in favor of the verdict winner." 12 Moore's Federal Practice - Civil § 59.13 (3d
Having reviewed the parties' memoranda, the Court finds that the verdict is not against
the clear weight of the evidence, norwas theverdict of thejury based on evidence thatis false,
or will a miscarriage ofjusticeresult. Accordingly, Plaintiffs Motion for a NewTrial on the
Dollar Amount of Past Damages (ECF No. 825) is DENIED. The Clerkis DIRECTED to send
a copy of this Orderto counsel and parties of record.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
April X . 2013
Raymond 4 Jackson
United States District Judge
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