Kevelighan et al v. Trott & Trott, P.C. et al
OPINION AND ORDER denying 105 Motion to Amend/Correct. Signed by District Judge Patrick J. Duggan. (MOre)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
TRACEY L. KEVELIGHAN, KEVIN W.
KEVELIGHAN, JAMIE LEIGH
COMPTON, JAMIE LYNN COMPTON,
and KEVIN KLEINHANS,
Case No. 09-12543
Honorable Patrick J. Duggan
TROTT & TROTT, P.C.; ORLANS
ASSOCIATES, P.C.; AMERICA’S
SERVICING COMPANY; DEUTSCHE
BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY;
REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC.;
WEBSTER BANK, N.A.; FANNIE MAE;
FIRST HORIZON HOME LOANS, aka
FIRST TENNESSEE BANK, N.A., aka
METLIFE HOME LOANS, aka FIRST
HORIZON ASSET SECURITIES, INC.;
BANK OF NEW YORK; U.S. BANK
HOME MORTGAGE; WELLS FARGO
HOME MORTGAGE, and HSBC
At a session of said Court, held in the U.S.
District Courthouse, Eastern District
of Michigan, on_May 26, 2011.
THE HONORABLE PATRICK J. DUGGAN
U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE
On June 29, 2009, Tracey L. Kevelighan, Kevin W. Kevelighan, Jamie Lynn
Compton, Jamie Leigh Compton, and Kevin Kleinhans filed this purported class-action
lawsuit, alleging numerous violations of state and federal law in connection with the
administration and enforcement of mortgage agreements. On October 27, 2009, Plaintiffs
filed an Amended Complaint spanning 145 pages, containing 634 numbered paragraphs,
and naming 40 purported plaintiff and defendant sub-classes.
Several defendants filed motions to dismiss, and this Court issued an Opinion and
Order on July 7, 2010 granting these motions in part and denying them in part. Due to the
length, complexity, and disorganization of the Amended Complaint, the Court sent a letter
to all counsel of record on August 18, 2010, identifying a list of each plaintiff’s remaining
claims against each defendant. The Court invited counsel to object to the proposed list of
claims, and no objections were received. Accordingly, the Court indicated its intent to
proceed with the understanding that only the claims in that list were pending. Several
Defendants have since filed motions for judgment on the pleadings or for summary
judgment, including: Trott & Trott, P.C., Orlans Associates, P.C., Bank of New York
Mellon, Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, Federal National Mortgage Association,
U.S. Bank Home Mortgage, America’s Servicing Company, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage,
and First Horizon Home Loans.1
On February 15, 2011, Plaintiffs filed a motion to amend their Complaint pursuant to
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15(a). Several Defendants filed responses in opposition to
the motion, and the Court heard oral argument on May 12, 2011. For the reasons stated
The Court granted Trott & Trott, P.C.’s motion in an Opinion and Order dated January
18, 2011. The remaining motions are pending at this time.
below, the Court denies Plaintiffs’ motion.
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15(a)(1)(B) provides that a party may amend its
pleading once as a matter of course within twenty-one days after service of a motion under
Rule 12(b), (e), or (f). Otherwise, a party may amend only with the opposing party’s
written consent or the court’s leave, but “[t]he court should freely give leave when justice
so requires.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a)(2). Courts have discretion in granting leave to amend.
Foman v. Davis, 371 U.S. 178, 182, 83 S. Ct. 227, 230 (1962). Absent any apparent or
declared reason, such as undue delay, bad faith, repeated failure to cure deficiencies,
undue prejudice to the opposing party, and futility of amendment, leave to amend should
be freely given. Id.
Plaintiffs seek leave of the Court to file five separate amended complaints, arguing
that this would “further clarify the causes of action and claims.” Pls.’ Mot. Amend ¶ 8.
Additional clarity is unnecessary, as the Court’s August 18, 2010 letter provided a succinct
list of the claims raised by each Plaintiff against each Defendant. See Dkt. #62. The Court
invited the parties to raise objections to that list and received none. Each Defendant has
clear notice of the claims against which it must defend, and several Defendants have
accordingly filed dispositive motions.
Plaintiffs argue that Defendants would not be prejudiced by granting leave to amend.
The Court disagrees. Despite their filing of an unwieldy Amended Complaint, Plaintiffs
waited well over a year before seeking leave to amend. In the meantime, Defendants have
filed motions for judgment on the pleadings or summary judgment. The Court also notes
that discovery in this case has closed. If a Second Amended Complaint raised issues
requiring additional discovery, it would require Defendants to expend more resources and
further delay resolution of this litigation. Given Plaintiffs’ previous failure to cure the
deficiencies of their Amended Complaint, such an outcome would be manifestly unjust.
At the hearing, Plaintiffs indicated their intent to add another defendant, Mortgage
Electronic Registration Systems. “When amendment is sought at a late stage in the
litigation, there is an increased burden to show justification for failing to move earlier.”
Wade v. Knoxville Utils. Bd., 259 F.3d 452, 459 (6th Cir. 2001). Plaintiffs have offered no
explanation for their delay in adding this new defendant, and the Court concludes that
leave to amend must be denied.
IT IS ORDERED that Plaintiffs’ Motion to Amend the Complaint is DENIED.
s/PATRICK J. DUGGAN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Kevin W. Kevelighan, Esq.
Peter W. Macuga, II, Esq.
Timothy B. Myers, Esq.
Matthew J. Boettcher, Esq.
Dana M. Hathaway, Esq.
Lawrence C. Mann, Esq.
Mark P. Schneebeck, Esq.
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