Soesbe v. Countrywide Home Loans et al

Filing 9

ORDER denying without prejudice 7 MOTION to Amend/Correct/Modify 1 Complaint, by Plaintiff Madeline Romanie Linda Soesbe by Magistrate Judge Kathleen M. Tafoya on 9/4/09.(kmtcd)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO Magistrate Judge Kathleen M. Tafoya Civil Action No. 09­cv­01961­PAB­KMT MADELINE ROMANIE LINDA SOESBE, Plaintiffs, v. COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, all subdivisions, official and personal capacity, WELLS FARGO BANK, NA, all subdivisions, official and personal capacity, ARONOWITZ & FORD, official and personal capacity, CASTLE MEINHOLD & STAWIARSKI, official and personal capacity, INDYMAC BANK HOME LOAN SERVICING, official and personal capacity, Defendants. ORDER This matter is before the court on Plaintiff's "Amendment to the Petition Leave of Court to Join" (Doc. No. 7, filed September 1, 2009). It appears Plaintiff wants to amend her complaint to add additional defendants. The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure provide that a party may amend a pleading by leave of court, and that leave shall be given freely when justice so requires. Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a). Although the federal rules permit and require liberal construction and amendment of pleadings, the rules do not grant the parties unlimited rights of amendment. A motion to amend may be denied on the grounds of undue delay, bad faith or dilatory motive on the part of the movant, repeated failure to cure deficiencies by amendments previously allowed, undue prejudice to the opposing party by virtue of allowance of the amendment, or futility of amendment. Foman v. Davis, 371 U.S. 178, 182 (1962). When seeking leave of the court to amend a complaint, the motion to amend must detail the proposed amendments and the reasons why such amendments are necessary. In addition, the plaintiff must attach the proposed amended complaint to the motion. The proposed amended complaint must stand alone; it must contain all of the plaintiff's claims. Here, the plaintiff does not detail why the additional defendants should be joined, nor does she attach a proposed amended complaint to her motion. As a result, it is impossible to determine if the proposed amendment is permissible. Additionally, Plaintiff failed to confer with the defendants before filing the present motion. The Tenth Circuit has cautioned that pro se litigants "must follow the same rules of procedure that govern other litigants." Green v. Dorrell, 969 F.2d 915, 917 (10th Cir. 1992) ("[W]e have repeatedly upheld dismissals in situations where the parties themselves neglected their cases or refused to obey court orders."(citing cases)). The Local Rules of Practice for the District of Colorado require all parties to confer on motions and other disputes before a motion is filed. D.C.Colo.LCivR 7.1A; see also Visor v. Sprint, 1997 WL 796989 (D. Colo. 1997). The court reminds Plaintiff of the duty to confer and cautions that future motions filed without conferring may be stricken. 2 Therefore, it is ORDERED that Plaintiff's motion (Doc. No. 7) is DENIED without prejudice. Dated this 4th day of September, 2009. BY THE COURT: Kathleen M. Tafoya United States Magistrate Judge 3

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