On September 2, 2008, we reported that the District Court for the Western District of Missouri granted summary judgment against Employers Reinsurance Corporation, finding that their contract with Mass Mutual did, in fact, contain a clear “follow the fortunes” clause. ERC subsequently moved for the court to reconsider its ruling, or in the alternative, to certify the “follow the fortunes” issue for immediate interlocutory appeal pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1292(b).
The court ruled that ERC’s motion for reconsideration amounted to little more than a reassertion of its arguments on summary judgment. The court interpreted ERC’s motion as arguing that the court committed a manifest error of law simply because the court disagreed with ERC’s arguments. Noting that Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b) did not list “manifest error of law” as a reason sufficient for reconsideration, the court denied ERC’s motion.
The court additionally denied ERC’s motion to certify the “follow the fortunes” issue for immediate interlocutory appeal, finding that it was an issue of interpretation of the contract, and not a pure question of law, which was required for an interlocutory appeal certification. Employers Reinsurance Corporation v. Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co., Case No. 06-0188 (USDC W.D. Mo. Oct 23, 2008).