Robbe v. Webster University, No. 4:2014cv01223 - Document 110 (E.D. Mo. 2017)

Court Description: OPINION, MEMORANDUM AND ORDER IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff's Motion for Reconsideration, [Doc. # 103 ] is denied. Signed by District Judge Henry Edward Autrey on 5/11/17. (KXS)
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Robbe v. Webster University Doc. 110 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI EASTERN DIVISION LILY ROBBE, ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Plaintiff, v. WEBSTER UNIVERSITY, Defendants, No. 4:14CV1223 HEA OPINION, MEMORANDUM AND ORDER This matter is before the Court on Plaintiff=s Motion for Reconsideration and Motion for Declaratory Judgment, [Doc. #103]. Defendant opposes the Motion. For the reasons set forth below, the Motion is denied. On April 10, 2017, the Court entered its Opinion, Memorandum and Order granting Defendants’ motion to enforce the settlement agreement. Plaintiff now seeks to have the Court alter or amend its order. ARule 59(e) permits a court to alter or amend a judgment, but it >may not be used to re-litigate old matters, or to raise arguments or present evidence that could have been raised prior to the entry of judgment.= 11 C. Wright & A. Miller, Federal Practice and Procedure ' 2810.1, pp. 127-128 (2d ed.1995) (footnotes omitted).@ Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker, 554 U.S. 471 n. 5 (2008). Rule 59(e) was adopted to 1 Dockets.Justia.com clarify that Athe district court possesses the power to rectify its own mistakes in the period immediately following the entry of judgment.@ White v. New Hampshire Dep=t of Employment Sec., 455 U.S. 445, 450 (1982) (internal quotations omitted). Moreover, ARule 59(e) motions serve the limited function of correcting manifest errors of law or fact or to present newly discovered evidence.@ Innovative Home Health Care, Inc. v. P.T .-O.T. Assocs. of the Black Hills, 141 F.3d 1284, 1286 (8th Cir. 1998),(internal punctuation and citations omitted). ASuch motions cannot be used to introduce new evidence, tender new legal theories, or raise arguments which could have been offered or raised prior to entry of judgment.@ United States v. Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer Dist., 440 F.3d 930, 933 (8th Cir.2006) (quoting Innovative Home Health Care, 141 F.3d at 1286)). District courts Awill ordinarily deny a motion for reconsideration unless the party demonstrates a showing of manifest error in the prior ruling or demonstrates new facts or legal authority that the party could not have previously produced with reasonable diligence to the court.@ ElderBKeep v. Aksamit, 460 F.3d 979, 988 (8th Cir.2006); Monsanto Co. v. E.I. Dupont de Nemours & Co., 2011 WL 322672 at *4 (E.D.Mo. Jan.31, 2011); Arnold v. ADT Sec. Services, Inc., 627 F.3d 716, 721 (8th Cir.2010). A motion to reconsider Acannot be used to raise arguments which could have been raised prior to the issuance of judgment.@ Hagerman v. Yukon Energy 2 Corp., 839 F.2d 407, 414 (8th Cir.1988). District courts have Abroad discretion@ in determining whether to reconsider judgment. Hagerman, 839 F.2d at 413. Rule 60(b) provides relief from a final judgment , order or proceeding under circumstances where there has been some mistake, inadvertence, surprise, or excusable neglect; newly discovered evidence, with reasonable diligence, could not have been discovered in time to move for new trial; fraud, misrepresentation, or misconduct by an opposing party; the judgment is void; the judgment has been satisfied, released, or discharged; it is based on an earlier judgment that has been reversed or vacated; or applying it prospectively is no longer equitable; or any other reason that justifies relief. In her Motion, Plaintiff attempts to persuade the Court to grant relief from its findings which led to the conclusion that this Court must enter order to uphold and enforce the settlement order on behalf of defendant. Plaintiff has presented nothing new, nor has she pointed the Court to any mistake so severe as to establish manifest error under Rule 59(e). Plaintiff has not articulated any arguments or facts that would even facially compel relief pursuant to Rule 60(b). Instead she has reiterates the same arguments which were the basis of her original Motion and argument at the hearing. The Court articulated its reasoning in finding that Plaintiff was not entitled to a ruling in her favor on her Motion to Enforce Settlement and that defendant was 3 entitled to a favorable ruling. Nothing has changed, nor should the Opinion, Memorandum and Order in this matter be altered or amended. Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion for Reconsideration, [Doc. #103] is denied. Dated this 11th day of May, 2017. _______________________________ HENRY EDWARD AUTREY UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 4