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Laura Leskinen v. Carolyn A. Halsey

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA


May 25, 2011

LAURA LESKINEN, PLAINTIFF,
v.
CAROLYN A. HALSEY, ET AL., DEFENDANTS.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge

ORDER

Presently before the court is plaintiff's "Request to Amend First Amended Complaint to Correct Two (2) Business Entity Names" (Dkt. No. 12). Plaintiff's request constitutes a motion seeking leave to amend plaintiff's First Amended Complaint pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15(a)(2) ("Motion"). Although plaintiff's Motion does not comply with the requirements of Local Rules 137(c) and 230(b), the undersigned has considered plaintiff's motion and grants plaintiff leave to file a second amended complaint.

Plaintiff filed her First Amended Complaint on May 6, 2011, and the Clerk of Court issued a summons that same day. (First Am. Compl., Dkt. No. 9; Summons in a Civ. Case, Dkt. No. 10.) On May 20, 2011, plaintiff filed the pending Motion for leave to amend and a proposed order that clarifies the nature of plaintiff's requested relief. Plaintiff seeks leave to correct the names of two "incorrectly specified business entities." (Motion at 2.) First, plaintiff wishes to change or amend the name of defendant Marketplace Realty, LLC to the following: "Marketplace Realty, aka MarketPlace Realty, aka, Market Place Realty, aka The Marketplace Realty, aka The Marketplace." (See Proposed Order at 1 (emphasis omitted), Dkt. No. 13; see also Motion at 2.) Second, plaintiff wishes to change or amend the name of defendant Pinks, Arbeit, Nemeth to the following: "Pinks, Arbeit & Nemeth, aka Pinks, Arbeit & Nemeth Attorneys At Law, aka Pinks, Arbeit and Nemeth." (See Proposed Order at 1 (emphasis omitted), Dkt. No. 13; see also Motion at 2.) Plaintiff seeks to effectuate these amendments through the proposed order filed with the Motion.

The court grants plaintiff's Motion. However, the court cannot effectuate amendments to the First Amended Complaint through the proposed order filed by plaintiff. Because any amended complaint must be complete in itself,*fn1 plaintiff must file a second amended complaint to effectuate the desired amendments.

Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:

1. Plaintiff's "Request to Amend First Amended Complaint to Correct Two

(2) Business Entity Names" is (Dkt. No. 12) is granted.

2. Plaintiff shall file an amended complaint that effectuates plaintiff's desired amendments and is complete in itself. The amended complaint must bear the docket number assigned to this case and must be entitled "Second Amended Complaint." Plaintiff need only file a single, original Second Amended Complaint, including exhibits, with the court.

IT IS SO ORDERED.


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