Shire LLC et al v. Sandoz Inc.
ORDER. Defendant Sandoz Inc.'s 70 Unopposed Motion for Leave to Amend Answer, Affirmative Defenses, and Counterclaims is granted. The Clerk of Court shall file Sandoz Inc.'s 70 -1 First Amended Answer, Affirmative Defenses, and Counterclaims to Shire's First Amended Complaint. By Magistrate Judge Kathleen M. Tafoya on 10/12/11.(mnfsl, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Magistrate Judge Kathleen M. Tafoya
Civil Action No. 11–cv–01110–RBJ–KMT
SUPERNUS PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.,
SHIRE DEVELOPMENT INC.,
SHIRE INTERNATIONAL LICENSING B.V.,
AMY F.T. ARNSTEN, PH.D,
PASKO RAKIC, M.D., and
ROBERT D. HUNT, M.D.,
This matter is before the court on “Defendant Sandoz Inc.’s Unopposed Motion for
Leave to Amend Answer, Affirmative Defenses, and Counterclaims.” (Doc. No. 70, filed Oct. 6,
2011) In its Motion, Defendant seeks to amend its answer to “add an additional affirmative
defense and counterclaim of unenforceability of the ‘290 patent due to inequitable conduct that
was committed by one or more of the patentees during prosecution before the United State Patent
and Trademark Office.” (Mot. ¶ 2.)
Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a), “[t]he court should freely give leave [to amend
the pleadings] when justice so requires.” See also York v. Cherry Creek Sch. Dist. No. 5, 232
F.R.D. 648, 649 (D. Colo. 2005); Aspen Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, LLC v. Aspen Valley
Hosp. Dist., 353 F.3d 832, 842 (10th Cir. 2003). The Supreme Court has explained the
circumstances under which denial of leave to amend is appropriate.
If the underlying facts or circumstances relied upon by a plaintiff may be a proper
subject of relief, he ought to be afforded an opportunity to test his claim on the
merits. In the absence of any apparent or declared reason-such as 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, futility of amendment, etc.-the
leave sought should, as the rules require, be “freely given.” Of course, the grant
or denial of an opportunity to amend is within the discretion of the District Court,
but outright refusal to grant the leave without any justifying reason appearing for
the denial is not an exercise of discretion; it is merely abuse of that discretion and
inconsistent with the spirit of the Federal Rules.
Foman v. Davis, 371 U.S. 178, 182 (1962); see also Triplett v. LeFlore County, Okl., 712 F.2d
444, 446 (10th Cir. 1983).
Plaintiffs do not oppose Defendant’s Motion. Additionally, the deadline to join parties
and amend the pleadings was set for October 6, 2011. (See Doc. No. 49, filed Aug. 22, 2011.)
Defendants Motion was filed on that day; therefore it is timely. Finally, the court finds that there
has been no showing of undue delay, bad faith or dilatory motive, undue prejudice, or futility.
Therefore, it is ORDERED that
“Defendant Sandoz Inc.’s Unopposed Motion for Leave to Amend Answer, Affirmative
Defenses, and Counterclaims” (Doc. No. 70) is GRANTED. The Clerk of Court shall file
“Sandoz Inc.’s First Amended Answer, Affirmative Defenses, and Counterclaims to Shire’s
First Amended Complaint” (Doc. 70-1).
Dated this 12th day of October, 2011.
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