UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
April 15, 2008
STEVE KASSAB, PLAINTIFF,
SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hayes, Judge
On June 12, 2007, Plaintiff Steve Kassab filed a Complaint (Doc. # 1) against the San Diego Police Department, the City of San Diego, the City Attorney's Office, several individual officers, and Does 1 through 100. (Doc. # 1).
On January 24, 2008, Plaintiff filed a Motion for Leave to File an Amended Complaint (Doc. # 37). In the Motion to Amend, Plaintiff states that "the 'events' that have transpired on November 16, 2007, at approximately 12:00, on December 19, 2007, at approximately 12:45, and on January 15, 2007, at approximately 1:30 p.m. is Supplemental pleadings which may introduce new causes of action not alleged in the original complaint." Mot. to Amend, p. 3. Plaintiff states that "the present motion . . . seeks leave to amend the complaint to seek disclosure and to include does 1-100." Id. at 2.
Defendants have not filed an opposition to the Motion to Amend. Rule 15 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure mandates that leave to amend "be freely given when justice so requires." Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a). This policy is applied with "extraordinary liberality." Morongo Band of Mission Indians v. Rose, 893 F.2d 1074, 1079 (9th Cir. 1990). Once an answer to the complaint has been filed, as is the case here, courts may deny leave to amend where the proposed amendment would be futile, where it is sought in bad faith, where it will create undue delay, or where "undue prejudice to the opposing party will result." Howey v. United States, 481 F.2d 1187, 1190 (9th Cir. 1973); see also Johnson v. Mammoth Recreations, Inc., 975 F.2d 604, 607 (9th Cir. 1992); Saul v. United States, 928 F.2d 829, 843 (9th Cir. 1991).
Having reviewed the Motion and the supporting documents, and having received no opposition from Defendants, the Court GRANTS the Motion for Leave to File an Amended Complaint (Doc. # 37) filed by Plaintiff Steve Kassab. Plaintiff shall file a First Amended Complaint no later than June 2, 2008.
WILLIAM Q. HAYES United States District Judge
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