Wolf et al v. Schadegg et al
MINUTE ORDER; Defendants' Answer 50 is STRICKEN without prejudice. 52 Motion to Correct and 61 Motion to Extend are DENIED as moot. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of Court is directed to correct the captionof this case as indicated on the caption of this Order, by Magistrate Judge Kristen L. Mix on 5/2/16.(morti, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 15-cv-01035-KLM
DAVID J. WOLF, an individual, and
WOLF AUTO CENTER STERLING LLC, a Colorado limited liability company,
MICHAEL SCHADEGG, an individual,
SHAWN COCHRAN, an individual,
CLIFFORD W. MILLER, IV, an individual,
JACOB L. SCHNEIDER, an individual,
CRAIG A. WRIGHT, an individual,
JOHN DOES 1 THROUGH 3,
KORF CHEVROLET BUICK GMC, INC., a Colorado corporation,
KORF CONTINENTAL STERLING, INC., a Colorado corporation, and,
ENTERED BY MAGISTRATE JUDGE KRISTEN L. MIX
This matter is before the Court on Defendants’ Motion to Correct Party Status of
Denise Petko [#52] (“Motion to Correct”) and Plaintiffs’ Unopposed Motion for Extension
of Time to File Their Answer or Other Response to Counterclaims [#61]1 (“Motion to
Extend”). Both of these motions relate to Defendants’ Answer [#50] to Plaintiff’s original
Complaint [#1]. Plaintiffs request an extension of time to answer the counterclaims
asserted in Defendants’ Answer. See Motion to Extend [#61]. Defendants’ request that
the Court accept a substitute Answer that corrects the party status of Denise Petko, who
is named as a Third-Party Defendant in Defendants’ original Answer [#50]. No Third-Party
Complaint has been filed, and Defendants claim that Denise Petko (who is not a party to
this action) should be denominated a “Counterclaims [sic] Defendant” instead of a ThirdParty Defendant. Motion to Correct [#52].
Plaintiffs oppose this motion, but have not yet filed a Response. See D.C.COLO.LCivR
7.1(d). However, the Local Rules explicitly state that a motion may be ruled upon “any time after
it is filed.” Id. In the interest of expedience, the Court does so here.
Defendants are correct that Ms. Petko is not properly named as a Third-Party
Defendant, as no Third-Party Complaint has been filed pursuant to Rule 14(a). See Fed.
R. Civ. P 14(a)(1). However, Defendants cite to no Rule or other legal basis for naming
Ms. Petko as a “Counterclaims Defendant” when she is not a party to this action.
Nonetheless, on April 22, 2016, the Court granted Plaintiffs’ Motion for Reconsideration
[#47] and directed that the Clerk of Court accept Plaintiffs’ Amended Complaint for filing.
See Order [#59]; see also Am. Compl. [#60]. The Court also ordered Defendants to file an
Answer to the Amended Complaint no later than May 12, 2016. Id. at 9. Therefore,
because Defendants must necessarily file a new Answer to the Amended Complaint,
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Defendants’ Answer [#50] is STRICKEN without
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Motion to Correct [#52] and Motion to Extend
[#61] are DENIED as moot.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Clerk of Court is directed to correct the caption
of this case as indicated on the caption of this Order.
Finally, Defendants would be well-advised to consider whether the bringing of claims
against a non-party, such as Ms. Petko, requires joinder of her as a party to the litigation
pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 13(h) and 19(a).
Dated: May 2, 2016
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