Grundy et al v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. et al

Filing 26

ORDER - IT IS ORDERED: Plas' 13 Motion for leave to amend is granted. Dft's 8 Motion to Dismiss is denied as moot. Plas shall file a status report by 10/25/2010. Plas shall address whether their claims in this case can be adjudicated in bankruptcy court, permitting dismissal of this action. Dft's second motion to dismiss (Doc. 20 ) is stayed pending Pla's status report. Signed by Judge David G Campbell on 10/15/10. (SAT)

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Grundy et al v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. et al Doc. 26 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 WO IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA Elvin G. Grundy, Jr. and Willie Ruth Grundy, Plaintiffs, vs. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., et al., Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) No. CV10-1542 PHX DGC ORDER This order concerns three related motions Defendant JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.'s ("Chase") motion to dismiss Plaintiffs' original complaint (Doc. 8), Plaintiffs' motion for leave to amend their complaint (Doc. 13), and Chase's motion to dismiss the amended complaint (Docs. 19, 20). Because Defendant suggests that Plaintiffs have filed a bankruptcy petition (Doc. 24), the Court will rule only on the first two motions (Docs. 8, 13) and order Plaintiffs to file a status report on their bankruptcy petition within 10 days of this order. On June 25, 2010, Plaintiffs filed their initial complaint in Maricopa County Superior Court. Doc. 1-1. Defendant JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. ("Chase") removed the case to federal court on July 21, 2010. Doc. 1. On July 28, 2010, Defendant filed a motion to dismiss Plaintiffs' complaint under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 8 and 12(b)(6). Doc. 8. On August 12, 2010, Plaintiffs filed for leave to amend their complaint (Doc. 13) and have lodged a proposed amended complaint (Doc. 14). On August 17, 2010, Plaintiffs filed a response in opposition to Defendant's motion to dismiss (Doc. 17), and Defendant replied on August 27 (Doc. 19). In its reply, Defendant acknowledged that Plaintiffs did not need Dockets.Justia.com 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 leave of Court before amending their complaint under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15 (Doc. 19), and combined with the reply a motion to dismiss the amended complaint (Docs. 19, 20). Plaintiffs filed a response on September 17, 2010 (Doc. 23), and on September 24, 2010, Defendant filed a notice stating that it elects not to file a reply on account of Plaintiffs' recent bankruptcy filing (Doc. 24). The motions have been fully briefed. A plaintiff may amend its complaint once without leave of the court within "21 days after service of a responsive pleading or 21 days after service of a motion under Rule 12(b) . . . whichever is earlier." Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a)(1)(B). Because no answer was filed in this case and because Plaintiffs' amended complaint was lodged within 21 days of Defendant's 12(b)(6) motion, the Plaintiffs' motion to amend is granted even though leave of Court was not required. Accordingly, Defendant's first motion to dismiss (Doc. 8) will be denied as moot. In its latest reply, Defendant suggests that Plaintiffs have filed a petition for bankruptcy. Doc. 24. Plaintiffs are ordered to file a status report within 10 days of this order, showing cause why the complaint cannot be adjudicated in bankruptcy court as part of their bankruptcy petition. In the meanwhile, the Court will stay its ruling on Defendant's second motion to dismiss (Doc. 20). IT IS ORDERED: 1. 2. 3. Plaintiffs' motion for leave to amend (Doc. 13) is granted. Defendant's motion to dismiss (Doc. 8) is denied as moot. Plaintiffs shall file a status report by October 25, 2010. Plaintiffs shall address whether their claims in this case can be adjudicated in bankruptcy court, permitting dismissal of this action. -2- 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 4. Defendant's second motion to dismiss (Doc. 20) is stayed pending Plaintiff's status report. DATED this 15th day of October, 2010. -3-

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