Brancato et al v. Panio et al
ORDER Denying DEFENDANTS' RULE 12(c) Motion, by Judge Richard P. Matsch on 8/30/2013 re 99 and 100 .(rpmcd)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Senior District Judge Richard P. Matsch
Civil Action No. 12-cv-02338-RPM
ROBERT BRANCATO, individually and as parent and next friend of R.B.,
a minor child; and ROCHELLE BRANCATO, individually,
ALEXANDER PANIO, JR.;
ADOLESCENT AND FAMILY INSTITUTE OF COLORADO, INC.,
A Colorado Corporation;
EDRA WEISS, MD;
JEFFREY NELSON and
ORDER DENYING DEFENDANTS’ RULE 12(c) MOTION
On July 10, 2013, the AFIC defendants filed a motion to dismiss “The Next Friend” under
Fed.R.Civ.P 12(c), contending that Robert Brancato cannot proceed as next friend of R.B., a minor child,
because R.B. has not been named as a party to this civil action. Defendant Jeffrey Nelson joined in that
motion  and . The plaintiff responded on July 30, 2013  and a reply was filed on August
7, 2013 .
It is clear from the allegations of the Amended Complaint, filed March 26, 2013  that Robert
Brancato, parent of R.B. is seeking relief for injuries sustained by his minor son and although plaintiff’s
counsel has inartfully pleaded that claim by failing to assert that R.B. is pursuing this civil action as a
plaintiff, by and through his father, the motion for judgment on the pleadings must be denied. For
clarification, the Court deems the Amended Complaint to include R.B. has a minor plaintiff, acting by and
through his parent and next friend Robert Brancato. It is
ORDERED that the motion is denied.
DATED: August 30th , 2013
BY THE COURT:
s/Richard P. Matsch
Richard P. Matsch, Senior Judge
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