Dean v. Helena Chemical Company
ORDER denying deft's 8 Motion to Dismiss; granting pltf's 11 Motion for Leave to Amend Complaint; pltf's amended complaint must be filed within seven days from the entry of this Order. Signed by Chief Judge J. Leon Holmes on 11/1/11. (vjt)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
RUSS DEAN, d/b/a R.M. DEAN FARMS
No. 2:11CV00105 JLH
HELENA CHEMICAL COMPANY
The plaintiff in this case alleges that Helena Chemical Company sold a batch of worthless
rice, which was planted on 240 acres of the plaintiff’s property. The action was commenced in the
name of Russ Dean, d/b/a R.M. Dean Farms. Helena Chemical Company filed a motion to dismiss
the action because it was not prosecuted in the name of the real party in interest, which is R.M.
Farms, a General Partnership, with two partners, Russ Dean and his wife, Pam Dean. The plaintiff
has filed a motion for leave to amend the complaint to name R.M. Dean Farms, a General
Partnership, as the plaintiff. Helena Chemical Company opposes the motion for leave to amend.
Rule 17(a)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provides that an action must be
prosecuted in the name of the real party in interest. Rule 17(a)(3) provides that a court may not
dismiss an action for failure to prosecute in the name of the real party in interest until the party in
interest has had a reasonable opportunity to join in or be substituted into the action. The proposed
amendment, here, essentially would substitute R.M. Dean Farms, a General Partnership, for Russ
Dean, d/b/a R.M. Dean Farms, as Rule 17(a)(3) contemplates. Accordingly, the motion to dismiss
is DENIED, and the motion for leave to amend is GRANTED. Documents #8 and #11. Plaintiff’s
amended complaint must be filed within seven days from the entry of this Order.
IT IS SO ORDERED this 1st day of November, 2011.
J. LEON HOLMES
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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