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Scott v. United States

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA


May 8, 2006

ROBERT SCOTT, LINDA CASORIA-SCOTT PLAINTIFFS,
v.
UNITED STATES, DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Ellen Segal Huvelle United States District Judge

ORDER

Plaintiffs Robert Scott and Linda Casoria-Scott's suit for damages against the United States alleging violations of the Internal Revenue Code by agents of the Internal Revenue Service ("IRS") in the assessment and collection of taxes from them was dismissed without prejudice by the Court on February 27, 2006 for failure to exhaust administrative remedies. Scott v. United States, Civ. No. 05-2043 (D.D.C. Feb. 27, 2006). On May 2, 2006, plaintiffs filed a Motion for Reconsideration ("Pls.' Mot.") without specifying whether the motion was brought under Fed. R. Civ. P. 59 or 60. Having exceeded the time to file a Motion to Alter or Amend Judgment under Rule 59(e), however, the Court will consider the motion under Rule 60. Hoai v. Vo, 935 F.2d 308, 312 n.3 (D.C. Cir. 1991).

Rule 60(b) provides six bases for relief from judgment, none of which are specifically cited by plaintiffs as grounds for reconsideration. The basis for plaintiffs' motion, however, is a legal argument as to why the Court should not apply the administrative exhaustion requirement to him. (Pl.'s Mot. at 2.) Therefore, the Court will interpret plaintiffs' motion as one under Rule 60(b)(1), which permits relief from judgment based on "mistake, inadvertence, surprise, or excusable neglect," Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b)(1), including a mistake of law. "[A] mistake of law cannot be reached under Rule 60(b)(1) where . . . no notice of appeal was timely filed from the order in which the mistake is alleged to have occurred and the time for filing such a notice of appeal had expired when the Rule 60(b) motion was filed." Orner v. Shalala, 30 F.3d 1307, 1309 (10th Cir. 1994); see also Brown v. Reich, No. 96-5038, 1997 WL 68320, at *1 (D.C. Cir. Jan. 15, 1997).*fn1 No notice of appeal has been filed in this case. As noted above, the Court's Order dismissing plaintiffs' case was issued on February 27, 2006 and plaintiffs' Motion for Reconsideration was not filed until May 2, 2006, well in excess of the 30 days permitted to notice an appeal. Fed. R. App. P. 4(a)(1).

Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that plaintiffs' Motion for Reconsideration of Dismissal On Grounds of Failure to Exhaust Administrative Remedies [#14] is DENIED.


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