Massi v. Lowe's Home Centers, LLC

Filing 14

ORDER GRANTING 13 Stipulation to Allow Plaintiff to Amend Complaint to Add Additional Defendant Blue Rhino, Inc., signed by Magistrate Judge Christopher D. Baker on 11/14/2023. (Hall, S)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALORNIA 10 11 DAKOTA MASSI, 12 13 14 Case No. 1:23-cv-00698-ADA-CDB Plaintiff, ORDER GRANTING STIPULATION TO ALLOW PLAINTIFF TO AMEND COMPLAINT TO ADD ADDITIONAL DEFENDANT BLUE RHINO INC. v. LOWE’S HOME CENTERS, LLC. (Doc. 13) 15 Defendant. 16 17 18 On December 21, 2022, Plaintiff Dakota Massi (“Plaintiff”) filed this action in the Superior 19 Court for the State of California, County of Kern. (Doc. 1). Defendant Lowe’s Home Centers, 20 LLC (“Defendant”) removed the action to this Court on May 5, 2023. Id. 21 Pending before the Court is the parties’ stipulation to allow Plaintiff to file an amended 22 complaint adding Blue Rhino Inc., a Californian corporation, as a defendant in this action. (Doc. 23 13). The parties acknowledge that once the amended complaint is filed adding Blue Rhino, Inc. 24 as a defendant, there no longer will be complete diversity of citizenship of the parties and the 25 matter will be remanded to state court due to a lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Id. 26 27 28 As the stipulation complies with Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a)(2), which directs the Court to “freely give leave” to amend when justice so requires, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED: 1. The parties’ stipulated request to allow Plaintiff to amend his complaint to add 1 1 additional defendant Blue Rhino Inc. is GRANTED; 2 2. No later than November 17, 2023, Plaintiff SHALL FILE as a stand-alone docket 3 entry the first amended complaint attached to the parties’ stipulation (Doc. 13 at 5- 4 15); and 5 3. No later than November 22, 2023, Plaintiff SHALL FILE either (1) a stipulated 6 request to remand the action to state court, or (2) a report setting forth good cause 7 for any further delay in remanding the action. 8 9 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: November 14, 2023 ___________________ _ UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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