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Fields v. Vogel

United States District Court, E.D. California

April 29, 2014

KEVIN FIELDS, Plaintiff,
v.
RONALD VOGEL, et al., Defendants.

ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR AN ORDER TO SET ASIDE JUDGMENT PURSUANT TO RULE 59(e) (ECF No. 68)

ANTHONY W. ISHII, Senior District Judge.

I. Procedural Background

Plaintiff Kevin Fields ("Plaintiff"), a state prisoner, proceeded pro se and in forma pauperis in this civil rights action filed pursuant to 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983. The action proceeded on Plaintiff's second amended complaint against Defendant Vogel for retaliation in violation of the First Amendment.

On January 13, 2014, the Magistrate Judge issued Findings and Recommendations that Defendant Vogel's motion to strike Plaintiff's duplicate filings be granted and that Defendant Vogel's motion for summary judgment be granted. The Findings and Recommendations were served on the parties and contained notice that any objections were to be filed within thirty (30) days after service. (ECF No. 61.) On February 24, 2014, the Magistrate Judge granted Plaintiff's request for an extension of time to March 15, 2014, to file his objections.[1] Plaintiff did not file any objections. Thereafter, on March 25, 2014, the undersigned adopted the Findings and Recommendations in full, granted Defendant's motion to strike, granted Defendant's motion for summary judgment and directed the Clerk of the Court to enter judgment for Defendant Vogel and close this action. (ECF No. 66.) The Clerk of the Court entered judgment in favor of Defendant Vogel on the same day. (ECF No. 67.)

On April 23, 2014, Plaintiff filed the instant motion to set aside the judgment pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 59(e). (ECF No. 68.) The Court finds a response to the motion unnecessary and the motion is deemed submitted. Local Rule 230(l).

II. Discussion

A district court may grant reconsideration of a final judgment under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 59(e). Under Rule 59(e), a motion for reconsideration should not be granted, absent highly unusual circumstances, unless the court is presented with (1) newly discovered evidence, (2) committed clear error, or (3) if there is an intervening change in the controlling law. See In re Syncor ERISA Litigation, 516 F.3d 1005, 1100 (9th Cir. 2008); see also McQuillion v. Duncan , 342 F.3d 1012, 1014 (9th Cir. 2003); 389 Orange Street Partners v. Arnold , 179 F.3d 656, 665 (9th Cir. 1999) (moving party required to establish that district court committed clear error).

Here, the Court finds no basis to grant the requested relief. In his moving papers, Plaintiff referred the Court to his "declaration and evidence in support thereof, the points and authorities and all records and files listed under the above-mentioned case number." (ECF No. 68, p. 5.) Despite this reference, however, Plaintiff did not identify any newly discovered evidence, commission of error or intervening change in controlling law to support his request to set aside the judgment. Indeed, Plaintiff did not provide a declaration, evidence or argument, and he merely cited the relevant legal standards for a Rule 59 motion. (ECF No. 68, pp. 4-5.) In short, Plaintiff has not set forth any reasons or established any of the requirements for granting relief under Rule 59(e).

III. Order

Based on the above, Plaintiff's motion for an order to set aside judgment pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 59(e), filed on April 23, 2014, is HEREBY DENIED.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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