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Hamilton v. Sloane

United States District Court, W.D. New York

November 17, 2014

SHARON HAMILTON, Plaintiff,
v.
TODD SLOANE, Senior Vice President of Publishers Clearing House, Defendant.

DECISION & ORDER

FRANK P. GERACI, Jr., District Judge.

Pro se Plaintiff Sharon Hamilton filed this action alleging that Defendant Todd Hamilton, Senior Vice President of Publishers Clearing House, has violated her rights by sending her a misleading notice. ECF No. 1. By Decision & Order dated October 30, 2014, this Court ordered, pursuant to 28 U.S.C. ยง 1915(e)(2)(B), that the Complaint be dismissed for lack of federal jurisdiction.[1] ECF No. 3. Plaintiff has now submitted a letter "motion for relief from summary judgment" (ECF No. 5), which I liberally interpret and construe to be a Motion for Reconsideration, given that she is handling this matter pro se. For the reasons set forth herein below, I deny the motion.

DISCUSSION

The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure do not explicitly provide for the filing of a motion for reconsideration of a court's prior orders, judgments, or decrees, however, such motion are generally considered either under Fed.R.Civ.P. 59(e)[2] or 60(b).[3] The Local Rules of Civil Procedure of the Western District of New York provide that "[a] motion for reconsideration or reargument, unless governed by Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 60, shall be treated as falling within the scope of Federal Rule 59(e)." L. R. Civ. P. 7(d)(3). Notwithstanding the absence of specific language, the accepted standard for granting a motion for reconsideration "is strict, and reconsideration will generally be denied unless the moving party can point to controlling decisions or data that the court overlooked." Analytical Surveys, Inc. v. Tonga Partners, L.P., 684 F.3d 36, 52 (2d Cir. 2012) (citation omitted). A court may grant reconsideration where the movant demonstrates an "intervening change in controlling law, the availability of new evidence, or the need to correct a clear error or prevent manifest injustice." Kolel Beth Yechiel Mechil of Tartikov, Inc. v. YLL Irrevocable Trust, 729 F.3d 99, 104 (2d Cir. 2013) (citing Virgin Atl. Airways, Ltd. V. Nat'l Mediation Bd., 956 F.2d 1245 (2d Cir. 1992) ("Reconsideration may be granted to correct clear error, prevent manifest injustice or review the court's decision in light of the availability of new evidence.") (internal quotation marks omitted). A motion for reconsideration is "not a vehicle for relitigating old issues, presenting the case under new theories, securing a rehearing on the merits, or otherwise taking a second bite at the apple.'" Analytical Surveys, Inc. v. Tonga Partners, L.P., 684 F.3d at 52 (internal citation omitted). The decision whether to grant a motion for reconsideration rests within the "sound discretion of a district court judge." Aczel v. Labonia, 584 F.3d 52, 61 (2d Cir. 2009); see McCarthy v. Manson, 714 F.2d 234, 237 (2d Cir. 1983).

Plaintiff has failed to meet this standard. Even upon a cursory reading of the letter motion, it is clear that Plaintiff has not offered any new arguments or evidence for the Court's consideration, or pointed to any law that the Court may have overlooked in reaching its prior determination but, instead, has only reiterated her stated belief and position that she was wrongfully misled by Defendant, thereby, warranting legal redress. In this regard, Plaintiff, again, states her belief that Defendant committed fraud based upon advertisements on national TV and the internet, and a mailing she received, all of which led her to believe that she would be the awarded winner of $5, 000.00 a week for life. Unfortunately, for Plaintiff, the strict standard by which the motion must be measured dictates that the motion be denied. Consequently, this Court discerns no valid reason for the exercise of its discretion.

CONCLUSION

For the reasons stated herein above, Plaintiff's Motion for Reconsideration (ECF No. 5), is DENIED in all respects.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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