RORY M. WALSH, Plaintiff.
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, et al., Defendants.
CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER, Chief District Judge.
Presently before the court is pro se plaintiff Rory M. Walsh's ("Walsh") motion (Doc. 306) for relief and to reopen the above-captioned case pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 60(b)(2) and (b)(3). For the following reasons, Walsh's motion will be denied.
I. Statement of Facts
Walsh instituted the instant action on April 25, 2005. (Doc. 1). He amended the complaint on October 21, 2005. (Doc. 30). In the amended complaint, Walsh alleges that defendant General James L. Jones, Jr. ("Jones") violated his Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights when Jones, or Naval Intelligence Agents instructed by Jones, broke into Walsh's residence and stole various items in March 2005. (Id. ¶¶ 92, 111-14). The court dismissed all other claims and defendants on June 6 and October 30, 2006. (See Doc. 65 at 15 (denying motion to dismiss only with respect to the Fourth and Fifth Amendment claims against Jones, the United States, and the Navy); Doc. 155 (dismissing claims against the United States and the Navy)). The court allowed Walsh to supplement his amended complaint on August 29, 2007, with additional allegations of break-ins and surveillance that purportedly occurred on several dates from October, 2005 through July, 2007.
On January 4, 2008, Walsh and Jones filed cross-motions for summary judgment (Docs. 269, 273). On June 10, 2008, the court granted summary judgment in favor of Jones and against Walsh. (Doc. 298). The court reasoned that Walsh failed to offer any admissible evidence upon which a jury could find that Jones was directly or indirectly involved in any of the alleged improper conduct occurring from 2005 to 2007. (Id.) The Third Circuit affirmed the court's decision on May 5, 2009, 328 Fed.App'x 806, and the Supreme Court denied certiorari on November 2, 2009, 130 S.Ct. 502.
Walsh filed the instant motion on June 21, 2013, requesting the court to reopen the action under Rule 60(b)(2) and (3) on the basis of new evidence and fraud before the court. (Doc. 306, 307). Walsh submits a number of exhibits which he alleges is "new evidence" of additional break-ins and other conduct that Walsh attributes to defendants. (Doc. 307 Ex. A-J). The motion is fully briefed and ripe for disposition.
III. Standard of Review
Before the court can grant a motion for relief under Rule 60(b)(2), the movant must establish that the new evidence (1) is material; (2) could not have been reasonably discovered in time to file a motion for a new trial; and (3) could have changed the outcome of the case. See Compass Tech., Inc. v. Tseng Lab., Inc. , 71 F.3d 1125, 1130 (3d Cir. 1995). To prevail under Rule 60(b)(3), the movant must establish by clear and convincing evidence that the opposing party engaged in fraud or misconduct, and that this conduct prevented the movant from fully presenting his case. Stridiron v. Stridiron , 698 F.2d 204, 207 (3d Cir. 1983).
In addition to his Rule 60 arguments, Walsh requests the court to strike defendants' opposition brief and to recuse. Defendants assert that Walsh's motion is not timely. The court will address each issue in turn.
A. Striking Opposition Brief
Walsh contends that the court should strike defendants' opposition brief because counsel allegedly did not enter an appearance "in the lower court action" and did not properly sign her brief. (Doc. 309 at 2). It is unclear what "lower court" to which Walsh is referring since his suit was originally filed in this court. Moreover, it appears that counsel did enter her appearance on the record on July 11, 2007, on behalf of Mark Morrison and Phyllis Mitchell. (See Doc. 203). Additionally, the signing of a pleading or motion constitutes an entry of appearance. L.R. 83.14.
Walsh further asserts that defendants' counsel did not properly sign her brief because she did not include an "/s/" before her name in accordance with the ECF User Manual filing guidelines. However, Walsh cites no rule or statute requiring the court to strike a brief if it contains a technical violation of the filing guidelines found in the ECF User Manual. This is a trivial omission that has no impact on ...