Sanders v. Mobile Infirmary Medical Center et al
Order STRIKING 14 Amended Complaint filed by Sonya M. Sanders. Signed by Judge Kristi K. DuBose on 6/27/2011. copies to parties. (sdb)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
SONYA M. SANDERS,
MOBILE INFIRMARY MEDICAL
CENTER and ANGELA LAURENCE,
CIVIL ACTION NO.: 11-00196-KD-N
This action is before the Court on sua sponte review of Plaintiff’s Second Amended
Complaint (doc. 14). Upon consideration and for the reasons set forth herein, the Second
Amended Complaint is STRICKEN.
Rule 15(a) provides, in relevant part, as follows:
(1) Amending as a Matter of Course. A party may amend its pleading once as a
matter of course within:
(A) 21 days after serving it, or
(B) if the pleading is one to which a responsive pleading is
required, 21 days after service of a responsive pleading or 21 days
after service of a motion under Rule 12(b), (e), or (f), whichever is
(2) Other Amendments. In all other cases, a party may amend its pleading only
with the opposing party's written consent or the court's leave. The court should
freely give leave when justice so requires.
Fed. R. Civ. P. 15.
Plaintiff did not amend her complaint within 21 days after service on April 23, 2011.1
The docket indicates that Mobile Infirmary Medical Center was served on April 23,
2011 (doc. 4). There is no return of service for Angela Laurence. However, Angela Laurence
Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a)(1)(A). However, by filing the First Amended Complaint within 21 days
after Defendants filed their motion to dismiss pursuant to Rule 12(b)(6), Plaintiff has amended
her complaint once as a matter of course. Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a)(1)(B). Therefore, Plaintiff’s
Second Amended Complaint was filed without obtaining the written consent of opposing counsel
or leave of court, Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a)(2) and is due to be stricken for failure to comply with the
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.2
DONE and ORDERED this the 27th day of June, 2011.
/s/ Kristi K. DuBose
KRISTI K. DuBOSE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
and Mobile Infirmary filed a joint motion to dismiss on May 16, 2011 and the summons for
Angela Laurence was sent in care of Mobile Infirmary (doc. 4).
The Court notes that the Second Amended Complaint appears to have been filed in
response to Defendants’ argument in their reply to Plaintiff’s response to the motion to dismiss.
In the reply, Defendants assert that the First Amended Complaint was still not sufficient (doc.
12) and their assertion necessitated further briefing as ordered by U.S. Magistrate Judge
Katherine P. Nelson (doc. 13).
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