Velasquez et al v. WCA Management Company, L.P., No. 4:2015cv02329 - Document 114 (S.D. Tex. 2017)

Court Description: OPINION AND ORDER denying 78 Motion for Reconsideration.(Signed by Judge Melinda Harmon) Parties notified.(rhawkins)

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Velasquez et al v. WCA Management Company, L.P. Doc. 114 United States District Court Southern District of Texas ENTERED UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS HOUSTON DIVISION JOSE VELASQUEZ, et al, Plaintiffs, VS. WCA MANAGEMENT COMPANY, L.P., Defendant. § § § § § § § § April 20, 2017 David J. Bradley, Clerk CIVIL ACTION NO. 4:15-CV-02329 OPINION AND ORDER Pending before the Court in the above-referenced cause is Defendant WCA Management Company’s Motion for Reconsideration of Court’s Order Denying Arbitration (“Motion for Reconsideration”). Doc. 78. Having considered the motion, responses, record, and relevant legal authorities, the Court denies Defendant’s motion. In an Opinion and Order dated August 23, 2016, this Court denied Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment and Alternative Motion to Dismiss Claims of Certain Opt-Ins. Doc. 64. In that motion, Defendant argued for the dismissal of the claims of certain opt-in plaintiffs pursuant to the terms of a collective bargaining agreement (“CBA”). Id. at 10–12. Defendant contended that the express terms of the CBA—entered into two days before this case was filed— required a number of plaintiffs to arbitrate their claims. Id. Relying on the record, the Court concluded that evidence existed indicating that the CBA was never ratified and, therefore, denied Defendant’s motion. Doc. 76 at 17–21. Defendant now urges this Court to reconsider that decision. See Doc. 78. A motion for reconsideration “calls into question the correctness of a judgment.” In re Transtexas Gas Corp., 303 F.3d 571, 581 (5th Cir. 2002). “[S]uch a motion is not the proper vehicle for rehashing evidence, legal theories, or arguments that could have been offered or 1/2 Dockets.Justia.com raised before the entry of judgment.” Templet v. Hydro Chem, Inc., 367 F.3d 473, 479 (5th Cir. 2004) (citing Simon v. United States, 891 F.2d 1154, 1159 (5th Cir. 1990)). Rather, it merely serves to allow “a party ‘to correct manifest errors of law or fact or to present newly discovered evidence.’” Waltman v. Int’l Paper Co., 875 F.2d 468, 473 (5th Cir. 1989) (quoting Keene Corp. v. Int’l Fidelity Ins. Co., 561 F. Supp. 656, 665 (N.D. Ill. 1982), aff’d, 735 F.2d 1367 (7th Cir. 1984)). A motion for reconsideration may also be used to bring an intervening change in the controlling law to the court’s attention. Schiller v. Physicians Res. Grp., Inc., 342 F.3d 563, 567– 68 (5th Cir. 2003) (citing In re Benjamin Moore & Co., 318 F.3d 626, 629 (5th Cir. 2002)). Nevertheless, “[r]econsideration of a judgment after its entry is an extraordinary remedy that should be used sparingly.” Templet, 367 F. 3d at 479 (citing Clancy v. Employers Health Ins. Co., 101 F. Supp. 2d 463, 465 (E.D. La. 2000)). In its Motion for Reconsideration, Defendant simply restates the same arguments that it raised in its earlier motion. For the reasons stated in its August 23 Opinion and Order, this Court again concludes that lingering questions regarding the validity of the CBA preclude dismissal of certain opt-in plaintiffs’ claims. Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that Defendant’s Motion for Reconsideration is DENIED. SIGNED at Houston, Texas, this 20th day of April, 2017. ___________________________________ MELINDA HARMON UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE 2/2

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