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Camesi v. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA


November 18, 2010

KAREN CAMESI, ET AL., PLAINTIFFS,
v.
UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH MEDICAL CENTER, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Magistrate Judge Bissoon

ORDER

Plaintiffs‟ Motion for Reconsideration (Doc. 423), regarding 24 opt-ins who returned affidavits to Plaintiffs‟ counsel after the filing of Plaintiffs‟ brief in opposition to summary judgment, is DENIED.

Plaintiffs do not contend that the opt-ins‟ untimely submitted affidavits constitute "new evidence," as viewed within the context of reconsideration. Compare Pls.‟ Br. (Doc. 423) at 3 (stating that affidavits in question were "not [previously] available to Class Counsel") (emphasis added) with Howard Hess Dental Labs. Inc. v. Dentsply Int‟l, Inc., 602 F.3d 237, 252 (3d Cir. 2010) (""new evidence‟... does not refer to evidence that a party obtains or submits to the court after an adverse ruling," but rather, is "evidence that a party could not earlier submit to the court because that evidence was not previously available") (citation omitted, emphasis added).

Plaintiffs instead claim that reconsideration regarding the untimely-filed affidavits is appropriate to "correct a manifest injustice." See Pls.‟ Br. at 3-4. The "manifest injustice" standard applies, however, where the Court erred in reviewing information before it when the initial determination was made. See In re Telfair, -- F. Supp.2d --, 2010 WL 4062223, *21 (D. N.J. Oct. 15, 2010) (manifest injustice "means that the Court overlooked some dispositive factual or legal matter... presented to it," or otherwise committed error that was "direct, obvious, and observable") (citations to quoted sources omitted). The manifest injustice standard cannot properly be utilized to circumvent the "new evidence" standards that Plaintiffs, here, cannot satisfy, and their Motion for Reconsideration regarding untimely affiant opt-ins must be denied.*fn1

IT IS SO ORDERED.

Cathy Bissoon United States Magistrate Judge


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