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Krohn v. Spectrum Gulf Coast, LLC

United States District Court, N.D. Texas, Dallas Division

December 13, 2019

DYLAN KROHN
v.
SPECTRUM GULF COAST, LLC and CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS, LLC

          MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

          KAREN GREN SCHOLER, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE

         This Order addresses Plaintiffs Motion to Amend Judgment [ECF No. 32], For the following reasons, the Court denies the Motion.

         I. BACKGROUND

         On September 19, 2019, the Court granted in part and denied in part Defendant Charter Communications, LLC's ("Charter") Motion to Compel Arbitration and Dismiss Plaintiffs Complaint ("Order"). See ECF No. 31. Specifically, the Court compelled Plaintiffs claims against Charter to arbitration, and dismissed those claims with prejudice. See Id. at 7. On October 17, 2019, Plaintiff filed his Motion to Amend Judgment pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 59(e), which is now fully briefed before this Court.[1]

         II. ANALYSIS

         Pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 59(e), "'[m]otions ... to alter or amend a judgment must clearly establish either a manifest error of law or fact or must present newly discovered evidence, '"[2] Simon v. United States, 891 F.2d 1154, 1159 (5th Cir. 1990) (quoting Fed. Deposit Ins. v. Meyer, 781 F.2d 1260, 1268 (7th Cir. 1986)). '"Manifest error' is one that 'is plain and indisputable, and that amounts to a complete disregard of the controlling law."' Guy v. Crown Equip. Corp., 394 F.3d 320, 325 (5th Cir. 2004) (quoting Venegas-Hernandez v. Sonolux Records, 370 F.3d 183, 195 (1st Cir. 2004)). "District courts have 'considerable discretion in deciding whether to grant or deny a motion to alter a judgment.'" Du Bois v. King, Civ, A. No. 3:17-CV-2668-L, 2019 WL 5887270, at *1 (N.D. Tex. Sept. 10, 2019) (quoting Hale v. Townley, 45 F.3d 914, 921 (5th Cir. 1995)). In exercising this discretion, a district court must "strike the proper balance between the need for finality and the need to render just decisions on the basis of all the facts." Hate, 45 F.3d at 921 (citation omitted). Accordingly, Rule 59(e) "favor[s] the denial of motions to alter or amend a judgment." S. Constructors Grp., Inc. v. Dynalectric Co., 2 F.3d 606, 611 (5th Cir. 1993).

         Plaintiff argues that the Court's dismissal of the claims, rather than abatement of the claims, "was both erroneous and manifestly unjust to Plaintiff under Fifth Circuit precedent. Mot. 2. The Court disagrees with Plaintiffs interpretation of the controlling precedent. Under Alford v. Dean Witter Reynolds, Inc., the Court is authorized to "dismiss ... the case when all of the issues raised in the district court must be submitted to arbitration." 975 F.2d 1161, 1164 (5th Cir. 1992) (emphasis omitted). Contrary to Plaintiffs assertions, that standard remains the law of this jurisdiction. See Elsadig v. Luxottica Retail N. Am., Inc., Civ. A. No. 3:16-CV-2055-L, 2017 WL 3234027, at *1 (N.D. Tex. July 31, 2017) (citing Alford, 975 F.2d at 1164) ("Having determined that all of the issues raised by the parties must be submitted to binding arbitration, and finding no other reason to retain jurisdiction over this matter, the court, rather than stay and abate this action, will dismiss it with prejudice." (emphasis omitted)); see also Matos v. AT&T Corp., Civ. A. No, 3:18-CV-02591-M-BK, 2019 WL 5191922, at *3 (N.D. Tex. Sept. 9, 2019) (same), The Court properly exercised its discretion to dismiss, rather than stay, Plaintiffs claims against Charter, see Order 7, and "[Rule 59] motions may not be used to relitigate issues that were resolved to the movant's dissatisfaction." Kirby v, SBC Servs., Inc., Civ. A. No. 3:03-CV-3010-L, 2006 WL 154914, at *2 (N.D. Tex. Jan. 20, 2006) (citing Forsythe v. Saudi Arabian Airlines Corp., 885 F.2d 285, 289 (5th Cir. 1989)). Therefore, Plaintiffs argument is without merit.

         III. CONCLUSION

         For the foregoing reasons, Plaintiff fails to clearly establish a manifest error of law or fact on the part of the Court. Accordingly, the Court denies Plaintiffs Motion.

         SO ORDERED.

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Notes:

[1] Charter filed a response to Plaintiffs Motion on November 7, 2019 [ECF No. 33], Plaintiff did not File a reply.

[2] Plaintiff does not present any newly discovered evidence, This Order, therefore, addresses only whether the Court committed a manifest ...


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