Wilson v. Romero et al
MINUTE ORDER denying as moot 32 Motion to Dismiss; granting 35 Motion to Cure Any Deficiencies in Amended Complaint and Add Defendants, by Magistrate Judge Michael J. Watanabe on 4/19/2017. (slibi, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 16-cv-02060-CMA-MJW
TERANCE DEJUAN WILSON,
C.S.P. WARDEN ROMERO,
C.S.P. SGT. CHASE,
C.S.P. CPT. BARBERO,
C.S.P. LT. MCVEIGH,
C.S.P. LT. LANGONI,
C.S.P. CO. LEA, and
C.S.P. C.M. JAMES OLSON,
Entered by Magistrate Judge Michael J. Watanabe
It is hereby ORDERED that Plaintiff’s Motion to Cure Any Deficiencies in
Amended Complaint and Add Defendants (Docket No. 35) is GRANTED for the reasons
stated below. It is further ORDERED that as of the date of this Minute Order, the Clerk
of the Court shall accept Plaintiff’s Fourth Amended Complaint (Docket No. 35-1) for
filing. Defendants shall respond in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a)(3).
Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a)(2), “[t]he court should freely give leave [to
amend] when justice so requires.” “Refusing leave to amend is generally only justified
upon a showing of undue delay, undue prejudice to the opposing party, bad faith or
dilatory motive, failure to cure deficiencies by amendments previously allowed, or futility
of amendment.” Bylin v. Billings, 568 F.3d 1224, 1229 (10th Cir. 2009) (quoting Frank
v. U.S. West, Inc., 3 F.3d 1357, 1365 (10th Cir. 1993)). “The liberal granting of motions
for leave to amend reflects the basic policy that pleadings should enable a claim to be
heard on its merits.” Carr v. Hanley, 2009 WL 4693870, *1 (D. Colo. Dec. 3, 2009)
(quoting Calderon v. Kansas Dep’t of Soc. & Rehab. Servs., 181 F.3d 1180, 1186 (10th
Defendants have not filed a response in opposition to the motion and their time to
do so has elapsed. D.C.COLO.LCivR 7.1(d). The Court’s own review of the motion and
the entire case file leads to the conclusion that Plaintiff should be given one last
opportunity to amend his claims. However, as this is Plaintiff’s fourth amended
complaint, Plaintiff is warned that this case must proceed. He cannot continue to amend
his claims in order to avoid an adjudication on the merits of his claims.
It is further ORDERED that Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss (Docket No. 32) is
DENIED as moot as the motion is directed to an inoperative, superceded pleading.
See, e.g., Gilles v. United States, 906 F.2d 1386, 1389 (10th Cir. 1990) (stating that “a
pleading that has been amended under Rule 15(a) supersedes the pleading it modifies”)
(internal quotation marks omitted).
Date: April 19, 2017
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