Adcock et al v. Resurgent Capital Services
ORDER denying 27 Motion for Extension of Time to Amend to Add Additional Party. Signed by Judge Kristine G. Baker on 6/15/12. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
CHARLES E. ADCOCK, ET AL.
No. 4:ll-cv-00832 KGB
RESURGENT CAPITAL SERVICES
AS SERVICER FOR LVNV FUNDING, LLC
ORDER DENYING MOTION FOR EXTENSION OF TIME
TO JOIN ADDITIONAL PARTY
Before the Court is plaintiffs' Motion for Extension of Time to Join Additional Party.
(Dkt. No. 27) 1'he defendant opposes the motion. (Dkt. No. 29) Because plaintiff'> filed their
motion nearly two months after the deadline to join additional parties, the Court must determine
whether good cause exists to modify its scheduling order to permit the untimely amendment.
The Court finds that plaintiffs have failed to make the requisite showing of good cause.
While the Court should "freely give leave when justice so requires," Fed. R. Civ. P.
15(a)(2), deadlines in a scheduling order "may be modified only for good cause and with the
judge's consent." Fed. R. Civ. P. 16(b)(4): see also Sherman v. Winco Firework<;, Inc., 532 F.3d
709, 716 (8th Cir. 2008) ("To permit district courts to consider motions to amend pleadings
under Rule 15(a) without regard to Rule 16(b) would render scheduling orders meaningless and
effectively ... read Rule 16(b) and its good cause requirement out of the Federal Rules of Civil
Procedure."' (alteration in original) (quoting Sosa v. Airprint Sys., Inc., 133 F.3d 1417, 1419
(11th Cir. 1998))). The Court entered its Final Scheduling Order on February 14, 2012. (Dkt.
It states in relevant part:
"ADDITION OF PARTIES/AMENDMENT OF
PLEADINGS- The deadline for seeking to add additional parties and amend pleadings shall be
as soon as practicable, but in any event, no later than March 22, 2012." Plaintiffs filed their
motion on May 1 L 2012, nearly two months after the deadline to amend and after the close of
With their proposed amendment, plaintiffs seek to join Johan COITea, a Loss Mitigation
Consultant for the defendant. Plaintiffs contend he is the individual who perpetrated the alleged
fraud that is the subject of this action. Plaintiffs insist they did not discover the extent of Mr.
Correa's involvement in the alleged fraud until they took the deposition of defendant's agent,
Kimberley Parks, on April 17, 2012. They argue that they "may not be able to demonstrate
necessary elements relating to the claim of fraud" unless Mr. Correa is made a defendant.
Plaintiffs do not sufficiently explain, among other matters, why they could not have
learned of Mr. Correa's identity prior to the amendment deadline or why they will have trouble
proving their fraud claim if Mr. Correa is not joined. Moreover, plaintiffs' motion comes after an
extended period of discovery has closed and will almost certainly delay the July trial setting.
Plaintiffs have failed to make the requisite showing of good cause. Accordingly, the
Motion for Extension of Time to Join Additional Party is DENIED.
Kristine G. Baker
United States District Judge
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