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Pierre v. FJC Security Services Inc.

United States District Court, E.D. New York

April 24, 2017



          MARGO K. BRODIE United States District Judge.

         Plaintiff Jean-Gespere Pierre, proceeding pro se, commenced this action on September 2, 2015. (Compl., Docket Entry No. 1.) On December 22, 2016, the Court denied Plaintiff's motions to remove Magistrate Judge Steven Tiscione and Plaintiff's motion for sanctions. (Order dated Dec. 22, 2016 (“December Order”), Docket Entry No. 29.) On January 11, 2017, Plaintiff filed a motion for reconsideration of the Court's December Order. (Pl. Mot. for Recons. (“Pl. Mot.”), Docket Entry No. 64.) On January 20, 2017, Defendant filed an opposition to Plaintiff's motion for reconsideration. (Def. Opp'n to Pl. Mot. (“Def. Opp'n”), Docket Entry No. 65.) For the reasons discussed below, the Court denies Plaintiff's motion for reconsideration.

         I. Background

         The Court assumes familiarity with the litigation and summarizes only the pertinent facts. In an order dated March 29, 2016, Judge Tiscione directed Plaintiff to reschedule the deposition of non-party Eunice Reid which was scheduled for the next day, March 30, 2016, because the timing of the deposition conflicted with Defendant's scheduled deposition of Plaintiff. (Order dated Mar. 29, 2016 (“March 29 Order”), Docket Entry No. 28.) On May 11, 2016, Defendant filed a letter with the Court requesting a pre-motion conference to discuss its anticipated motion for summary judgment. (Def. Letter dated May 11, 2016, Docket Entry No. 31.) Both parties attended the pre-motion conference on July 15, 2016. (Min. Entry dated July 15, 2016.) At a discovery hearing with Judge Tiscione on the same day as the pre-motion conference, Judge Tiscione scheduled Reid's deposition for September 20, 2016, ordered that all outstanding discovery requests be resolved prior to September 20, 2016, and set a schedule for Defendant's summary judgment motion with briefing to begin on November 21, 2016. (Order dated July 18, 2016, Docket Entry No. 42; Min. Entry dated July 18, 2016.) Plaintiff filed a letter with the Court explaining that Reid did not appear at her September 20, 2016 deposition. (Pl. Letter dated Sept. 20, 2016, Docket Entry No. 52.)

         a. Plaintiff's motions

         Plaintiff filed a motion for sanctions on August 2, 2016, alleging that Defendant's counsel: (1) interfered with Reid's deposition on March 30, 2016; (2) requested a motion for “‘[s]ummary [j]udgement' by producing a[n] affidavit from a notice Judge”; (3) sought a “frivolous summary judgment” motion; and (4) engaged in ex parte conversations with Judge Tiscione “to stop a subpoena” on the eve of deposition “with a notice of false statement.” (Pl. Mot. for Sanctions (“Pl. Sanctions Mot.”) 1-2, Docket Entry No. 44; Pl. Letter dated Oct. 20, 2016, (“Pl. Oct. 20 Letter”) 1-2, Docket Entry No. 56.)[1] Plaintiff also requested that the Court hold Reid in contempt of court for failing to appear at her first scheduled deposition and her rescheduled September 20, 2016 deposition. (Pl. Sanctions Mot. 1; Pl. Oct. 20 Letter at 1-2.) Plaintiff complained of several discovery disputes including that he was not provided with “complete” production “satify[ing] the requests that [Plaintiff] solicited for witness testimony, ” spoliation, and that Defendant failed to produce certain discovery including certain of Reid's communications. (Pl. Oct. 20 Letter at 1; see also Pl. Letters, Docket Entry Nos. 47, 48, 51-52, 57.) In Plaintiff's motion to remove Judge Tiscione, he asserted that Judge Tiscione participated in ex parte communications with Defendant's counsel “to stop [Plaintiff's] witness subpoena on March 30, 2016, on a deposition.” (Pl. Mot. to Remove (“Pl. Removal Mot.”) 2, Docket Entry No. 54; Oct. 20 Letter at 3.) Plaintiff further alleged that Judge Tiscione “compromised his career, his job duty as impartial judge, loyalty, and his fiduciary duty to help, aiding, abetting my opponents defendant's FJC counsel to make a frivolous motion for summary judgment.” (Id.)

         b. December Order

         On December 22, 2016, the Court dismissed both of Plaintiff's motions. (Dec. Order.) The Court did not rule on Plaintiff's discovery disputes or his request to hold Ms. Reid in contempt of court for failure to appear at two depositions, but instead deferred ruling on those matters to Judge Tiscione. (Id. at 5 n.7.) The Court found there was no merit to Plaintiff's request for sanctions regarding Defendant's anticipated summary judgment motion and alleged ex parte conversations because Plaintiff appeared at a pre-motion conference to discuss the Defendant's anticipated motion for summary judgment, the motion had yet to be filed, and Plaintiff did not allege any plausible facts supporting his allegations of ex parte communications with Judge Tiscione. (Id. at 6.) The Court also denied Plaintiff's motion to remove Judge Tiscione because Plaintiff presented no evidence of partiality and Plaintiff's only dispute with Judge Tiscione appeared to be his disagreement with Judge Tiscione's March 29 Order. (Id. at 8.)

         II. Discussion

         a. Standard of review

         The standard for granting a motion for reconsideration is strict, and “[r]econsideration will generally be denied unless the moving party can point to controlling decisions or data that the court overlooked - matters, in other words, that might reasonably be expected to alter the conclusion reached by the court.” Cedar Petrochem., Inc. v. Dongbu Hannong Chem. Co., Ltd., 628 F.App'x 793, 796 (2d Cir. 2015) (quoting Shrader v. CSX Transp., Inc., 70 F.3d 255, 257 (2d Cir. 1995)); Bank of Am. Nat'l Ass'n v. AIG Fin. Prods. Corp., 509 F.App'x 24, 27 (2d Cir. 2013) (“The standard for granting such a motion is strict . . . .” (quoting Shrader, 70 F.3d at 257)); see also Local Civ. R. 6.3 (The moving party must “set[] forth concisely the matters or controlling decisions which counsel believes the Court has overlooked.”).

         It is thus “well-settled” that 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 36, 52 (2d Cir. 2012) (quoting Sequa Corp. v. GBJ Corp., 156 F.3d 136, 144 (2d Cir. 1998)). A motion for reconsideration is “neither an occasion for repeating old arguments previously rejected nor an opportunity for making new arguments that could have previously been made.” Simon v. Smith & Nephew, Inc., 18 F.Supp.3d 423, 425 (S.D.N.Y. 2014) (citations and internal quotation marks omitted). In order to prevail on a motion for reconsideration, “the moving party must demonstrate that the Court overlooked controlling decisions or factual matters that were put before the Court on the underlying motion.” Lichtenberg v. Besicorp Grp. Inc., 28 F.App'x 73, 75 (2d Cir. 2002) (citations and internal quotation marks omitted); see also Stoner v. Young Concert Artists, Inc., No. 11-CV-7279, 2013 WL 2425137, at *1 (S.D.N.Y. May 20, 2013) (“A motion for reconsideration is an extraordinary remedy, and this Court will not reconsider issues already examined simply because [a party] is dissatisfied with the outcome of his case. To do otherwise would be a waste of judicial resources.” (alteration in original)).

         b. Reconsideration is not warranted

         The Court declines to reconsider its December Order because there is no basis to do so. Defendant argues that Plaintiff's motion for reconsider should be denied because the motion is untimely and also fails on the merits, as it does not set ...

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