UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
July 9, 2007
TRIPPLE AAA ASSOCIATION FOR CHILDREN WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES SUING ON BEHALF OF MEMBER DEMETRIO, PLAINTIFF,
AUTO TRUCK AND REPAIR; NORTH COAST HEALTH CENTER LLC, AND DOES 1 THROUGH 10 INCLUSIVE, DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hayes, Judge
ORDER RE: PLAINITFF'S EX PARTE APPLICATION FOR LEAVE TO AMEND CIVIL COMPLAINT
Pending before the Court is Plaintiff's ex parte application for leave to amend its Complaint. (Doc. # 21).
On November 15, 2006, Plaintiff filed the Complaint in this matter, charging Defendants Auto Truck & Repair and North Coast Health Center LLC (North Coast) with violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Doc. # 1). On December 4, 2006, Defendant North Coast answered and asserted affirmative defenses. (Doc. # 3).
After the parties attended an early neutral evaluation and a case management conference in early 2007, it became apparent that Plaintiff had sued the wrong parties. (Docs. # 14, 18). Thereafter, on February 7, 2007, Plaintiff attempted to file an Amended Complaint without first seeking leave of the Court. (Doc. # 8). The motion was denied as improper filed. (Doc. # 11).
On February 12, 2007, Plaintiff and North Coast filed a joint motion to dismiss North Coast from the Complaint. (Doc. # 9). On February 14, 2007, the Court granted the motion. (Doc. # 13).
On July 3, 2007, Plaintiff filed the pending motion to amend the Complaint to add three new parties. (Doc. # 21).
DISCUSSION & CONCLUSION
Pursuant to FED. R. CIV. P. 15(a), a plaintiff may only amend a complaint with leave of the court after a defendant has filed a responsive pleading. However, "leave shall be freely given when justice so requires." Eminence Capital, LLC v. Aspeon, Inc., 316 F.3d 1048, 1051 (9th Cir. 2003).
After reviewing Plaintiff's ex parte application, the Court concludes that justice requires allowing Plaintiff leave to amend the Complaint. Accordingly, Plaintiff's ex parte application to file an Amended Complaint is GRANTED. Plaintiff shall file the Amended Complaint on or before Monday, July 23, 2007.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
WILLIAM Q. HAYES United States District Judge
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