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Schwensow v. United States

April 6, 2010

RONALD SCHWENSOW, PLAINTIFF,
v.
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, DEFENDANT.



The opinion of the court was delivered by: Honorable Avern Cohn

ORDER DENYING PLAINTIFF'S MOTION TO ALTER OR AMEND JUDGMENT

I.

This is a case under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), 28 U.S.C. § 1346(b). Plaintiff is a federal prisoner proceeding pro se. He filed a complaint under the FTCA claiming that on August 27, 2006, as he was leaving a housing unit at the federal correctional facility in Milan (FCI Milan), he slipped on water and fell down two steps, causing injury to his left arm and shoulder. The matter was referred to a magistrate judge for all pretrial proceedings. Defendant filed a motion for summary judgment on the grounds that (1) the evidence shows the standing water was "open and obvious" and (2) there is no evidence that the staff at FCI Milan had "actual or constructive notice" of the water prior to plaintiff's fall. The magistrate judge issued a report and recommendation (MJRR), recommending that defendant's motion be granted on the grounds that plaintiff failed to establish a genuine issue of material fact as to whether defendant had notice of the water. Both parties objected to the MJRR. The Court agreed with the magistrate judge, adopted the MJRR, granted defendant's motion for summary judgment, and dismissed the case. See Memorandum and Order filed March 22, 2010.

II.

Now before the Court is plaintiff's paper styled "Motion to Alter or Amend Judgment" filed under Rule 59(e) in which he requests the Court to reconsider its March 22, 2010 order. The Court construes the filing as a motion for reconsideration under E.D. Mich. LR 7.1(h)(3),*fn1 which provides in relevant part:

Generally, and without restricting the court's discretion, the court will not grant motions for rehearing or reconsideration that merely present the same issues ruled upon by the court, either expressly or by implication. The movant must not only demonstrate a palpable defect by which the court and the parties have been misled but also show that correcting the defect will result in a different disposition of the case.

Plaintiff fails to satisfy this standard. Plaintiff says that the Court did not consider his objections to the MJRR and that the Court's order adopting the MJRR was "boilerplate." Contrary to plaintiff's assertions, the Court did carefully review his several objections as well as the record and concluded that the magistrate judge correctly evaluated the evidence and determined that defendant was entitled to summary judgment. Plaintiff's objections were a repeat of the arguments he made before the magistrate judge as to why defendant's motion should not be granted. The magistrate judge discussed the evidence in detail and explained why the evidence did not create a genuine issue of material fact. There was nothing for the Court to add to the MJRR.

Accordingly, plaintiff's motion is DENIED.

SO ORDERED.

AVERN COHN UNITED STATES ...


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