Abel Ortega, Plaintiff-appellant, v. United States of America; Southwest Marine Incorporated,defendants-appellees, 133 F.3d 928 (9th Cir. 1997)Annotate this Case
Before: SNEED, LEAVY, and TROTT, Circuit Judges.
Abel Ortega appeals the district court's denial of his Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b) motion. Ortega sought to vacate the district court's stipulated dismissal with prejudice of his action under the Suits in Admiralty Act, 46 U.S.C. § 741, and the Public Vessels Act, 46 U.S.C. § 781, alleging that he was injured while working on the U.S.S. Comstock. We have jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1291. We review for abuse of discretion, see Thomas v. Lewis, 945 F.2d 1119, 1123 (9th Cir. 1991), and we affirm.
Ortega contends that the district court abused its discretion by denying his Rule 60(b) motion. This contention lacks merit.
Notwithstanding Ortega's protestations to the contrary, there is sufficient evidence to support the district court's finding that Ortega authorized his attorney to dismiss his federal court action with prejudice and proceed with his state-court action against defendant Southwestern Marine Incorporated. See Enqleson v. Burlington N. R.R. Co., 972 F.2d 1038, 1043-44 (9th Cir. 1992) ("Neither ignorance nor carelessness on the part of the litigant or his attorneysprovide grounds for relief under Rule 60(b) (1).") (citation and internal quotation omitted); see also Harrop v. Western Airlines, Inc., 550 F.2d 1143, 1144-45 (9th Cir. 1977) (per curiam); Nemaizer v. Baker, 793 F.2d 58, 62 (2d Cir. 1986) ( [A]n attorney's failure to evaluate carefully the legal consequences of a chosen course of action provides no basis for relief from judgment."). Accordingly, the district court did not abuse its discretion by denying Ortega's Rule 60(b) motion. See Thomas, 945 F.2d at 1123.