Vasquez, et al v. County of Stanislaus

Filing 37

ORDER GRANTING 36 Stipulation for Leave to File Second Amended Complaint signed by Magistrate Judge Stanley A. Boone on 2/18/2021. Second Amended Complaint and Petition for Appointment of a Guardian ad Litem due within five (5) days. Motion for Minor's Compromise due by 4/16/2021. (Jessen, A)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 RICARDO VASQUEZ, et al., Case No. 1:19-cv-01610-AWI-SAB 11 Plaintiffs, ORDER GRANTING STIPULATION FOR LEAVE TO FILE SEOND AMENDED COMPLAINT 12 v. 13 COUNTY OF STANISLAUS, (ECF No. 36) 14 Defendant. FIVE DAY DEADLINE 15 16 17 On November 13, 2019, Plaintiffs Ricardo Vasquez, and R.V., a minor by and through 18 his guardian ad litem Jessica Santos (“Plaintiffs”), filed this action. (ECF No. 1.) On April 15, 19 2020, the Court issued a scheduling order setting a deadline of July 13, 2020, to file stipulations 20 or motions requesting leave to amend the pleadings. (ECF No. 13.) The parties agree that the 21 second amended complaint should be filed to correctly identify the minor plaintiff in this matter. 22 The complaint named R.V., who is the oldest son of Defendant Vasquez, however, it was 23 Defendant Vasquez’ youngest son, J.V., who brought a claim against Defendants. In order to 24 avoid any confusion as to the parties involved in this lawsuit, the parties stipulate to amend the 25 complaint to rename the minor plaintiff. 26 Once a district court has entered a pretrial scheduling order pursuant to Federal Rule of 27 Civil Procedure 16 setting a deadline for amending pleadings, the district court is to first apply 28 1 1 Rule 16’s standard for amending the scheduling order if the deadline to amend has passed. 2 Johnson v. Mammoth Recreations, Inc., 975 F.2d 604, 607–08 (9th Cir. 1992); United States ex 3 rel. Terry v. Wasatch Advantage Grp., LLC, 327 F.R.D. 395, 403 (E.D. Cal. 2018). If the party 4 seeking amendment can satisfy the good cause standard of Rule 16(b), the district court then 5 must determine whether the moving party has satisfied the requirements of Rule 15(a). Wasatch 6 Advantage Grp., LLC, 327 F.R.D. at 403-04. Here, the Court finds that the parties have 7 demonstrated that good cause exists to modify the scheduling order to name the proper plaintiff 8 in the complaint. 9 Having found that good cause exists to modify the scheduling order under Rule 16, 10 Plaintiff must then satisfy the standards under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15(a). Wasatch 11 Advantage Grp., LLC, 327 F.R.D. at 403-04. “Rule 15(a) is very liberal and leave to amend 12 ‘shall be freely given when justice so requires.’ ” Amerisource Bergen Corp. v. Dialysis West, 13 Inc., 465 F.3d 946, 951 (9th Cir. 2006) (quoting Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a)). Leave to amend under 14 Rule 15 is “within the sound discretion of the trial court,” and “[i]n exercising this discretion, a 15 court must be guided by the underlying purpose of Rule 15 to facilitate decision on the merits, 16 rather than on the pleadings or technicalities.” United States v. Webb, 655 F.2d 977, 979 (9th 17 Cir. 1981). The Court finds that leave to amend should be granted under Rule 15. 18 Based on the parties’ stipulated agreement, the Court finds good cause exists to modify 19 the scheduling order and to grant leave for Plaintiffs to file a second amended complaint. 20 Pursuant to the stipulation of the parties and good cause presented, IT IS HEREBY 21 ORDERED that: 22 1. Plaintiffs are granted leave to file a second amended complaint; 23 2. Plaintiffs shall file a second amended complaint and petition for appointment of a guardian ad litem within five (5) days of entry of this order; 24 25 3. of the second amended complaint; 26 27 28 Defendants shall file a responsive pleading within fourteen (14) days of the filing 4. Plaintiffs shall file a motion for minor’s compromise on or before April 16, 2021; and 2 5. 1 The parties shall file dispositive documents within thirty (30) days of entry of the order approving any petition for minor’s compromise. 2 3 4 IT IS SO ORDERED. 5 Dated: February 18, 2021 UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 3

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