In Kovakas v. Kovakas, Ms. 2050780, 2060228 (Ala. Civ. App. May 23, 2008), the Court of Civil Appeals rejected an argument that the trial court had erred by not holding a hearing on a Rule 60(b) motion because no hearing was requested. "When a party fails to request a hearing, ‘to deny his motiin without a hearing [is] not error.’ . . . Even when a hearing is requested, a hearing need not be held if the motion for relief ‘clearly is without substance and [is] merely an attempt to burden the court with frivolous contentions.’" Slip Op. p. 21 (internal citations omitted).
The court ultimately affirmed the denial of the Rule 60(b) motion which was based on newly discovered evidence where there was no reason given as to why the new information could not have been introduced earlier, and the new information would not have changed the result.