Rodriguez v. Ford Motor Company et al

Filing 13

ORDER Denying as Moot 11 Defendants' Motion to Strike Punitive Damages Prayer. Signed by Judge Thomas J. Whelan on 11/13/2017. (jao)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 FELIX RODRIGUEZ, Case No.: 17-CV-1768 W (KSC) Plaintiff, 12 13 v. 14 ORDER DENYING AS MOOT DEFENDANTS’ MOTION TO STRIKE PUNITIVE DAMAGES PRAYER [DOC. 11] FORD MOTOR COMPANY, et al., Defendants. 15 16 Pending before the Court is Defendants’ motion to strike the punitive damages 17 18 prayer from Plaintiff’s Complaint. [Doc. 11.] The Court decides the matter on the papers 19 submitted and without oral argument pursuant to Civil Local Rule 7.1(d)(1). For the 20 reasons that follow, the Court denies Defendants’ motion as moot. 21 // 22 // 23 // 24 // 25 // 26 // 27 // 28 // 1 17-CV-1768 W (KSC) 1 “A party may amend its pleading once as a matter of course within . . . 21 days 2 after service of a responsive pleading or 21 days after service of a motion under Rule 3 12(b), (e), or (f), whichever is earlier.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a). “[A]n amended pleading 4 supersedes the original pleading.” Ferdik v. Bonzelet, 963 F.2d 1258, 1262 (9th Cir. 5 1992), as amended (May 22, 1992). “[A]fter amendment the original pleading no longer 6 performs any function and is “ ‘treated thereafter as non-existent[.]’ ” Id. (quoting Loux 7 v. Rhay, 375 F.2d 55, 57 (9th Cir. 1967), overruled in part not relevant here by Lacey v. 8 Maricopa Cty., 693 F.3d 896, 928 (9th Cir. 2012)). 9 Defendants’ motion is based on Plaintiff’s original Complaint, filed on September 10 1, 2017. (See Defs.’ Mot. [Doc. 11].) Plaintiff filed a First Amended Complaint (“FAC”) 11 on October 31, 2017—one day after Defendants’ motion and within the 21 days allowed 12 for amending as a matter of course. (FAC [Doc. 12].) See Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a). 13 Because the original Complaint no longer performs any function, see Ferdik, 963 F.2d at 14 1262, Defendants’ motion to strike a punitive damages prayer from it is denied as moot. 15 [Doc. 11.] 16 17 18 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: November 13, 2017 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2 17-CV-1768 W (KSC)

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