Altamirano et al v. Schwarzenegger et al

Filing 23

ORDER DENYING 19 Motion to Amend the Complaint; and Entering Stipulation for Sillen Amendment, signed by Magistrate Judge Stanley A. Boone on 10/19/2016. (Kusamura, W)

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1 2 3 4 5 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 6 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 7 8 MARLON ALTAMIRANO, et al., Plaintiffs, 9 10 Case No. 1:15-cv-00607-LJO-SAB ORDER DENYING MOTION TO AMEND COMPLAINT AS UNNECESSARY; AND ENTERING STIPULATION FOR SILLEN AMENDMENT v. 11 ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER, et al., 12 Defendants. (ECF Nos. 19, 21) 13 14 Plaintiffs filed a motion to amend the complaint on September 17, 2015. (ECF No. 19.) 15 On October 7, 2015, Plaintiffs filed a stipulation with Robert Sillen regarding amendment of the 16 complaint. (ECF No. 17.) 17 On October 16, 2015, a status conference and oral argument on the motion to amend 18 were heard. (ECF No. 22.) Counsel Benjamin Pavone and David Elliot appeared telephonically 19 for Plaintiffs; and counsel Jon Allin appeared telephonically for Defendants. During the October 20 16, 2015 conference, the parties discussed that counsel for Plaintiffs are attempting to resolve 21 how these related actions will proceed based on the decisions in Jackson and Smith finding that 22 Defendants are entitled to qualified immunity on the Eighth Amendment claims. The parties are 23 discussing how the qualified immunity decision will impact the additional claims that are raised 24 in these related actions. 25 Plaintiffs seek leave to file an amended complaint to add former Secretary of the 26 California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, James Tilton, as a defendant in this 27 action. Amendments of the pleadings are governed by Rule 15 of the Federal Rules of Civil 28 Procedure. Under Rule 15(a), a party may amend the party‟s pleading once as a matter of course 1 1 at any time before a responsive pleading is served. Otherwise, a party may amend only by leave 2 of the court or by written consent of the adverse party, and leave shall be freely given when 3 justice so requires. Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a). Rule 15(a) is very liberal and leave to amend „shall be 4 freely given when justice so requires.‟” Amerisource Bergen Corp. v. Dialysis West, Inc., 465 5 F.3d 946, 951 (9th Cir. 2006) (quoting Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a)). However, courts “need not grant 6 leave to amend where the amendment: (1) prejudices the opposing party; (2) is sought in bad 7 faith; (3) produces an undue delay in the litigation; or (4) is futile.” Id. In this instance, Plaintiffs seek leave to file an amended complaint to add the former 8 9 secretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as a defendant in this 10 action. (ECF No. 19 at 2.) At this time, Plaintiffs have not filed an amended complaint and no 11 answer has been filed. Plaintiffs may file an amended complaint as a matter of right. Therefore, 12 no motion to amend is necessary. Plaintiffs have included an amendment to the complaint, however, Local Rule 220 13 14 provides that every pleading must be complete in itself without reference to the prior or 15 superseded pleading. The Court will not permit piecemeal pleading and any amended complaint 16 must be complete in itself to comply with the Local Rule. Finally, Plaintiffs have filed a stipulation with Robert Sillen regarding amendment of the 17 18 complaint which shall be entered in this action. 19 Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that: 20 1. Plaintiffs‟ motion to file an amended complaint is DENIED as unnecessary; and 21 2. The stipulation filed October 7, 2015 is entered in this action. 22 23 IT IS SO ORDERED. 24 Dated: October 19, 2015 UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 25 26 27 28 2

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