Sassen Vanelsoo v. Rogers et al
ORDER signed by Judge Benjamin H. Settle granting 38 Motion for Extension of Time; denying 39 Motion for Reconsideration.**2 PAGE(S), PRINT ALL**(Adrian Sassen Vanelsoo, Prisoner ID: 837829)(TG)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON
ADRIAN G. SASSEN VANELSOO,
RONALD ROGERS, et al.,
CASE NO. C16-5574 BHS
ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF’S
MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF
TIME AND DENYING
PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR
This matter comes before the Court on Plaintiff Adrian G. Sassen Vanelsoo’s
(“Plaintiff”) motion for extension of time to file motion for reconsideration (Dkt. 38) and
motion for reconsideration (Dkt. 39).
On October 10, 2017, the Court granted Defendants’ motion for summary
judgment concluding that Plaintiff’s claims were barred by the statute of limitations and,
in the alternative, Defendants were entitled to qualified immunity. Dkt. 35. On October
23, 2017, Plaintiff filed a motion for an extension of time to file a motion for
reconsideration. Dkt. 38. 1 On November 3, 2017, Plaintiff filed the motion for
reconsideration. Dkt. 39.
Motions for reconsideration are governed by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60
and Local Rules W.D. Wash. LCR 7(h). LCR 7(h) provides:
Motions for reconsideration are disfavored. The court will ordinarily deny
such motions in the absence of a showing of manifest error in the prior
The Court grants the motion and will consider the merits of Plaintiff’s motion for
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ruling or a showing of new facts or legal authority which could not have
been brought to its attention earlier with reasonable diligence.
The Ninth Circuit has described reconsideration as an “extraordinary remedy, to be used
sparingly in the interests of finality and conservation of judicial resources.” Kona
Enters., Inc. v. Estate of Bishop, 229 F.3d 877, 890 (9th Cir. 2000) (quoting 12 James
Wm. Moore et al., Moore’s Federal Practice § 59.30 (3d ed. 2000)). “[A] motion for
reconsideration should not be granted, absent highly unusual circumstances, unless the
district court is presented with newly discovered evidence, committed clear error, or if
there is an intervening change in the controlling law.” Id. (quoting 389 Orange Street
Partners v. Arnold, 179 F.3d 656, 665 (9th Cir. 1999)).
In this case, Plaintiff has failed to show that reconsideration is warranted. The
Court rejected Plaintiff’s equitable tolling argument when it considered the motion for
summary judgment, and Plaintiff again fails to show that equitable tolling is appropriate
in this matter. Moreover, Plaintiff fails to show that Defendants’ “premature and
reckless” alleged actions violated any clearly established law. Thus, even if equitable
tolling is relevant, Defendants are entitled to qualified immunity. Therefore, the Court
DENIES Plaintiff’s motion for reconsideration. Dkt. 39.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated this 8th day of November, 2017.
BENJAMIN H. SETTLE
United States District Judge
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