Legal Memorandum: Motion for Reconsideration in VI

Issue: Standards Governing a Motion for Reconsideration in the Virgin Islands.

Area of Law: Litigation & Procedure
Keywords: Motion for reconsideration; Correction of a clear error of law; Prevent manifest injustice
Jurisdiction: Virgin Islands
Cited Cases: 235 S.W.3d 891; 779 F.2d 906; 807 F.2d 345; 117 F. Supp. 2d 283; 998 P.2d 1190; 46 F.3d 1298; 959 F. Supp. 270; 814 F.2d 821; 859 F. Supp. 1022; 661 F. Supp. 1063; 816 N.Y.S.2d 137
Cited Statutes: Rule 59; Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(m)
Date: 12/01/2006

The motion for reconsideration is the appropriate vehicle to seek correction of a clear error of law or prevent manifest injustice.  Selaras v. M/V Cartagena De Indias, 959 F. Supp. 270 (E.D. Pa. 1997) (quoting Harsco Corp. v. Zlotnicki, 779 F.2d 906, 909 (3d Cir. 1985)).  Accord Bostic v. AT & T of the V.I., 312 F. Supp. 2d 731, 733 (D.V.I. 2004); Gutierrez v. Ashcroft, 289 F. Supp. 2d 555, 561 (D.N.J. 2003) (Rule 59(e) motion is to correct manifest error of law or fact, or to present newly discovered evidence), aff’d on other grounds by Gutierrez v. Gonzales, 125 F. App’x 406 (3d Cir. 2005).  A Rule 59 motion for reconsideration also may be granted “when ‘dispositive factual matters or controlling decisions of law were brought to the court’s attention, but not considered.'”  Gutierrez v. Ashcroft, 289 F. Supp. 2d at 561 (quoting Pelham v. United States, 661 F. Supp. 1063, 1065 (D.N.J. 1987)).  Accord Creque v. Cintron, 17 V.I. 69, 73 (Terr. Ct. 1980) (motion for reconsideration or to amend, alter, correct or modify a judgment is appropriate if the court failed to give relief on a claim on which it found that the party is entitled to relief, or if the judgment is wrong as a matter of law).  A motion for reconsideration is the functional equivalent of a Rule 59(e) motion to alter or amend a judgment.  Fed. Kemper Ins. Co. v. […]

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