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Case No: 6:12-cv-1561-Orl-31KRS


This cause comes before the Court on a motion for reconsideration (Doc. 36) filed by

Plaintiff Michael Vallot (“Mr. Vallot”). For the reasons discussed below, the Motion will be


I. Standard

The proper standard of review when considering a motion to reconsider is explained in

Prudential Securities, Inc. v. Emerson, 919 F.Supp. 415, 417 (M.D. Fla.1996). “This Court will

not amend a prior decision without a showing of ‘clear and obvious error’ where the ‘interests of

justice’ demand correction.” Id. (quoting American Home Assurance Co. v. Glenn Estess &

Assoc., 763 F.2d 1237, 1239 (11th Cir.1985)). Furthermore, motions for reconsideration are not to

be used “ ‘to raise arguments, which could and should have been made earlier.’ ” Id. (quoting

Lussier v. Dugger, 904 F.2d 661, 667 (11th Cir.1990)). “The reconsideration of a previous order is

an ‘extraordinary remedy’ and ‘must set forth facts or law of a strongly convincing nature to

induce the court to reverse its prior decision.’ ” Beeders v. Gulf Coast Collection Bureau,

09CV00458T1 7EAJ, 2009 WL 3013502, at *1 (M.D.Fla. Sept.16, 2009) (citing Lamar

Advertising of Mobile, Inc., v. City of Lakeland, Fla., 189 F.R.D. 480, 489 (M.D. Fla.1999)).

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This Court has identified three major grounds justifying reconsideration: “(1) an

intervening change in controlling law; (2) the availability of new evidence; [and] (3) the need to

correct clear error or prevent manifest injustice.” Sussman v. Salem, Saxon, & Nielson, P.A., 153

F.R.D. 689, 694 (M.D. Fla.1994); see also Beeders, 09CV00458T1 7EAJ, 2009 WL 3013502.

“Motions for rehearing ‘should not be used “to raise arguments which could, and should, have

been made” ’ earlier.” Prudential Securities, Inc., 919 F.Supp. at 417 (citing Lussier, 904 F.2d at

667 (quoting FDIC v. Meyer, 781 F.2d 1260, 1268 (7th Cir.1986)). Denial of a motion for

reconsideration is proper “when the party has failed to articulate any reason for the failure to raise

an issue at an earlier stage in the litigation.” Id. (quoting Lussier, 904 F.2d at 667).

II. Discussion

Mr. Vallot moves for reconsideration on the same bases that he argued in his opposition to

the Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment. Mr. Vallot fails to identify any change in the law.

He fails to indicate any new evidence that may demonstrate that Logan’s Roadhouse, Inc.

(“Logan’s”) had notice of an alleged slippery substance on the floor of its restaurant in Sanford,

Florida when Mr. Vallot fell. Finally, Mr. Vallot simply presented his disagreement with the

Court’s ruling; he does not explain what manifest injustice has occurred.

Mr. Vallot attempts to have the Court reexamine Freemon v. Logan’s Roadhouse, Inc.,

M200701796COAR3CV, 2009 WL 499471 (Tenn. Ct. App. Feb. 25, 2009), which was submitted

with his opposition to summary judgment. (Doc. 30-2 at 24). Freemon was already considered by

the Court, it is non-binding, and it was decided on the issue of duty rather than notice. He also,

again, attempts to assert the Court should not rely on Kenz v. Miami-Dade County., 116 So. 3d

461, 464 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 2013), but fails to address that the Court is bound to do so, see Geary

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Dist. Co., Inc. v. All Brand Importers, 931 F.2d 1431, 1434 (11th Cir.1991), cert. denied, 502 U.S.

1074 (1992).

To the extent any of these arguments are new, Plaintiff fails to articulate any reason for his

failure to raise them earlier.

It is therefore

ORDERED, Plaintiff’s Motion for Reconsideration (Doc. 36) is DENIED.

DONE and ORDERED in Chambers, Orlando, Florida on October 1, 2013.

Copies furnished to:

Counsel of Record
Unrepresented Party

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