Commercial Litigation and Arbitration

Motions for Reconsideration — Standards (Seventh Circuit Articulation)

From Terry v. Woller, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 122181 (C.D. Ill. Nov. 18, 2010):

Motions to reconsider should only be presented when law or facts change significantly after an issue has been presented to the court, when the court has "patently misunderstood a party", when the court has made a decision outside the adversarial issues presented; or when the court has made an error "not of reasoning but of apprehension." Bank of Waunakee v. Rochester Cheese Sales, 906 F.2d 1185, 1191 (7th Cir. 1990). See also, Caisse Nationale de Credit Agricole v. CBI Indus., Inc., 90 F.3d 1264, 1269 (7th Cir. 1996) ("Motions for reconsideration do not provide a vehicle for a party to introduce new evidence or legal theories that could have been presented earlier."), cited in Jolly Group, Ltd. v. Medline Industries, Inc., 435 F.3d 717, 720 (7th Cir. 2006).

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