Frank v. County of Humboldt et al
ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANT ABDUL QADIR'S MOTION TO STRIKE; VACATING MAY 9, 2014 HEARING. Signed by Judge Maxine M. Chesney on April 25, 2014. (mmclc2, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 4/25/2014)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
For the Northern District of California
United States District Court
No. C 13-0089 MMC
ORDER GRANTING DEFENDANT
ABDUL QADIR’S MOTION TO STRIKE;
VACATING MAY 9, 2014 HEARING
COUNTY OF HUMBOLDT, et al.,
Before the Court is defendant Abdul Qadir’s (“Qadir”) “Notice of Motion and . . .
Motion to Strike Portions of Plaintiff’s Second Amended Complaint”1 and “Memorandum of
Points and Authorities,” each filed March 28, 2014. Plaintiff has filed opposition, to which
Qadir has replied. Having read and considered the papers filed in support of and in
opposition to the motion, the Court deems the matter suitable for decision on the parties’
written submissions, VACATES the hearing set for May 9, 2014, and rules as follows.
On January 10, 2014, plaintiff, pursuant to Rule 15(a)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil
Procedure, filed a Motion to Add Party, in which she sought leave “to name one of the Doe
defendants already mentioned in the complaint,” specifically, Roxanne Halczak (see Motion
to Add Party at 2:12-13), and stated she was “not requesting to make any other
amendment to the complaint,” and that she did “not intend to alter or edit the previously
Although the chambers copy of Qadir’s Notice of Motion is complete, the filed
version is missing its second page. Qadir is hereby DIRECTED to file, in the public record
and no later than April 30, 2014, a complete copy of his Notice of Motion.
filed amended complaint in any way” (see id. at 2:20-21; 3:5-6). By order filed March 10,
2014, the Court granted plaintiff’s motion.
On March 28, Qadir filed the instant motion, in which he identifies twenty-five
“substantive additions and modifications” (see Mot. at 4:21-22) made by plaintiff in the
Second Amended Complaint (see Notice of Motion at 2:19-4:13; Second Amended
Complaint, filed March 11, 2014). Among such changes is the addition of Qadir as a
defendant to plaintiff’s Second, Third, Fourth, and Sixth Claims for Relief; in the Amended
Complaint, Qadir was named as a defendant only to plaintiff’s Fifth Claim for Relief.
Where a responsive pleading has been filed and more than twenty-one days have
passed thereafter, “a party may amend its pleading only with the opposing party’s written
consent or the court’s leave.” See Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a)(2). Here, plaintiff was not given
leave to make the changes identified by Qadir. Consequently, the challenged language will
be stricken, without prejudice to plaintiff’s filing a motion to amend to add any such new
allegations, at which time Qadir, as well as any other defendant, will have an opportunity to
file opposition based on the merits of that request. See Eminence Capital, LLC v. Aspeon,
Inc., 316 F.3d 1048, 1052 (9th Cir. 2003) (listing factors relevant to determination of motion
to amend; noting “prejudice to the opposing party . . . carries the greatest weight”).
Accordingly, the Motion to Strike is hereby GRANTED, and the language identified in
Qadir’s Notice of Motion2 is hereby STRICKEN from plaintiff’s Second Amended Complaint,
without prejudice to plaintiff’s filing a motion to amend to add new allegations.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Dated: April 25, 2014
MAXINE M. CHESNEY
United States District Judge
As noted, plaintiff did not have an opportunity to see the above-referenced missing
page prior to filing her opposition. The Court’s decision herein is not, however, dependant
upon the content of that page.
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