United States District Court, W.D. Pennsylvania
December 10, 2014
MARY GLOVER, Plaintiff,
MARK J. UDREN, UDREN LAW OFFICES, P.C., WELLS FARGO HOME MORTGAGE, GOLDMAN SACHS MORTGAGE COMPANY Defendants.
DONETTA W. AMBROSE, Senior District Judge.
On November 25, 2014, this Court entered a Memorandum Order adopting the Report and Recommendation of the magistrate judge and entered judgment pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 58 in favor of Defendant Wells Fargo and against Plaintiff, Mary E. Glover. See Memo. Order [ECF No. 737]; Judgment [ECF No. 738]. On December 2, 2014, Plaintiff filed a motion to vacate the Order adopting the Report and Recommendation and Motion to Amend/Correct the record pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 59(a)(2). See Motion to Vacate [ECF No. 739]; Motion to AmendlCorrect Record [ECF No. 740]. Defendant Wells Fargo filed its response to Plaintiff's motions on December 8, 2014. See Def.'s Resp. [ECF No. 743]. Pursuant to the Order entered December 8, 2014, this Court will construe Plaintiff's motions pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 59(e) as a Motion to Alter or Amend a Judgment. See 12/812014 Order [ECF No. 742].
The party moving to alter or amend a judgment under Rule 59 faces a difficult burden, as she must show that reconsideration is based on one of the following grounds: "(1) an intervening change in controlling law; (2) the availability of new evidence that was not available when the court granted the motion for summary judgment; or (3) the need to correct a clear error of law or fact or to prevent manifest injustice." Schumann v. Astrazeneca Pharm., L.P., 769 F.3d 837, 848 (3d Cir. 2014) (quoting Max's Seafood Cafe v. Quinteros, 176 F.3d 669, 677 (3d Cir. 1999)). Here, because Plaintiff argues that the magistrate judge made errors of fact throughout this case, the Court will view the motion under the third prong. The purpose of a motion for reconsideration is to "correct manifest errors of law or fact or to present newly discovered evidence." Max's Seafood Cafe, 176 F.3d at 677. Of most importance here, a party attempting to set aside a judgment or moving for reconsideration under Rule 59 may not "relitigate issues already resolved by the court, " American Beverage Corp. v. Diageo, N.A., Inc., 2014 WL 4010825, at *1 (W.D.Pa. Aug. 6, 2013), nor may use Rule 59 "as a means to argue new facts or issues that inexcusably were not presented to the court in the matter previously decided." Kaufman v. Allemang, ___ F.Supp.3d ___, ___, 2014 WL 4954333, at *10 (D.Del. Sept. 30, 2014); Glendon Energy Co. v. Borough of Glendon, 836 F.Supp. 1109, 1122 (E.D.Pa. 1993).
Here, Plaintiff requests that the Court temporarily vacate the Judgment entered on November 25, 2014 and correct certain factual inaccuracies in the record. See Motion to Vacate [ECF No. 739]; Motion to Amend/Correct the Record [ECF No. 740]. The factual inaccuracies cited by Plaintiff in her motion involve the magistrate's interpretation of case management over this case's tortuous procedural history. It is unclear how any of Plaintiff's alleged factual inaccuracies, or facts surrounding the management of this case in general, equate to material factual errors requiring that the judgment be altered or vacated. Accordingly, Plaintiff's motions are denied.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED this 10th day of December, 2014, upon consideration of Plaintiff's Motion to Vacate the Order on Report and Recommendations, Order on Motion to Strike and Rule 58 Judgment [ECF No. 739] and Plaintiff's Motion to Amend/Correct the Record [ECF No. 740] and treated as motions pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 59(e), that Plaintiff's Motions are DENIED.