Crimson Yachts v. Motor Yacht et al

Filing 155

Order granting the 150 MOTION to Strike 146 Answer to Counterclaim & 147 Answer to Complaint filed by Blyn II Holding, LLC. The amended pleadings, (Docs. 146, 147), are stricken. Signed by Chief Judge William H. Steele on 7/6/10. (tgw)

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Crimson Yachts v. Betty Lyn II Motor Yacht et al Doc. 155 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA SOUTHERN DIVISION CRIMSON YACHTS, etc., Plaintiff, v. M/Y BETTY LYN II, etc., et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) CIVIL ACTION 08-0334-WS-C ) ) ) ) ORDER This matter is before the Court on the motion of BLyn II Holding, LLC ("BLyn") to strike. (Doc. 150). The plaintiff and third-party defendants declined the opportunity to respond, (Doc. 152), and the motion is ripe for resolution. The deadline for moving for leave to amend the pleadings was September 11, 2009. (Doc. 86 at 2). The plaintiff answered BLyn's counterclaim in July 2009, and the third-party defendants answered the third-party complaint the same month. (Docs. 77, 78). BLyn moved for leave to amend its counterclaim and third-party complaint on September 11, 2009, (Doc. 92), which motion was granted. (Doc. 97). BLyn filed its amended pleadings on October 2, 2009. (Docs. 98, 99). followed. When, as in this case, the time for amendment as of right has passed, Aa party may amend the party=s pleading only by leave of court or by written consent of the adverse party; and leave shall be freely given when justice so requires.@ Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a). The plaintiff and third-party defendants have filed no motion for leave to file pleadings out of time, and that omission alone requires the grant of BLyn's motion. Moreover, even had such a motion been filed, the amended pleadings were filed after the deadline imposed by the Rule 16(b) scheduling order, and such A[a] schedule [1] The plaintiff and third-party defendants never responded, until June 23, 2010. (Docs. 146, 147). The motion to strike shall not be modified except upon a showing of good cause.@ Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b); accord Sosa v. Airprint Systems, Inc., 133 F.3d 1417, 1418 (11th Cir. 1998). Accordingly, the plaintiff and third-party defendants must first show good cause for their failure to comply with the scheduling order. Id. at 1419 (A[B]ecause Sosa=s motion to amend was filed after the scheduling order=s deadline, she must first demonstrate good cause under Rule 16(b) before we will consider whether amendment is proper under Rule 15(a).@). "This good cause standard precludes modification unless the schedule could not `be met despite the diligence of the party seeking the extension.'" Id. at 1418 (quoting Fed. R. Civ. P. 16 advisory committee notes). The plaintiff and third-party defendants have not addressed this standard and have thus necessarily failed to satisfy it. For the reasons set forth above, BLyn's motion to strike is granted. The amended pleadings, (Docs. 146, 147), are stricken. DONE and ORDERED this 6th day of July, 2010. s/ WILLIAM H. STEELE CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE [2]

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