UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
May 27, 2008
PEACEWORKS FOUNDATION, PLAINTIFF,
DALE SUNDBY, EDITH LITTLEFIELD, AND ONEVOICE FOUNDATION, DEFENDANTS.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hayes, Judge
On June 8, 2007, Plaintiff PeaceWorks Foundation filed a Complaint (Doc. # 1) against Dale Sundby, Edith Littlefield, and Onevoice Foundation.
On April 9, 2008, Plaintiff filed a Motion for Leave to File First Amended Complaint (Doc. # 18). In the Motion to Amend, Plaintiff states that it "seeks leave to amend its Complaint to remove allegations that Defendants have already received donations intended for PeaceWorks." Mot. to Amend, p. 2. Plaintiff states that "Defendants' counsel has informed PeaceWorks that Defendants do not oppose this motion to file the proposed First Amended Complaint." Id.
Defendants have not filed an opposition to the Motion for Leave to File First Amended Complaint.
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 having received no opposition from Defendants, the Court GRANTS the Motion for Leave to File First Amended Complaint (Doc. # 18) filed by Plaintiff PeaceWorks Foundation. Plaintiff shall file a First Amended Complaint no later than July 7, 2008.
WILLIAM Q. HAYES United States District Judge
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