Christopher v. Ownit Mortgage Solutions, Inc. et al
ORDER to Strike 13 Amended Complaint to set aside Sheriff's Sale and/or Force Judicial Foreclosure filed by Kenneth J. Christopher. Signed by District Judge Robert H. Cleland. (LWag)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN
KENNETH J. CHRISTOPHER,
Case No. 12-cv-11872
OWNIT MORTGAGE SOLUTIONS, INC., et al.
ORDER STRIKING “PLAINTIFF’S FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT TO SET ASIDE
SHERIFF’S SALE AND/OR FORCE JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE”
Plaintiff Kenneth J. Christopher filed a complaint in the 16th Judicial Circuit Court
of Macomb County, Michigan on March 13, 2012. Defendant Merrill Lynch Mortgage
Investors, Inc. removed the case under 28 U.S.C. § 1441(a) to the United States District
Court for the Eastern District of Michigan on April 25, 2012. Defendants subsequently
filed their answer on May 18, 2012. On August 17, 2012, Plaintiff filed an amended
complaint without Defendants’ consent or the court’s leave.
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15 governs when a pleading may be amended.
A party may amend its pleading once as a matter of course within twenty-one days of
serving the pleading or twenty-one days after service of a responsive pleading. Fed. R.
Civ. P. 15(a)(1). When that time period has passed, a party may amend its pleading
only with the opposing party’s written consent or the court’s leave. Id. 15(a)(2).
More than twenty-one days has passed since both Plaintiff filed his complaint
and Defendants filed their answer. Defendants have not given Plaintiff their written
consent to file an amended complaint. Plaintiff has not requested, and the court has not
granted, leave to file an amended complaint. Plaintiff’s amended complaint is therefore
improper and will be stricken from the docket. Accordingly,
IT IS SO ORDERED that “Plaintiff’s First Amended Complaint to Set Aside
Sheriff’s Sale and/or Force Judicial Foreclosure” is STRICKEN.
s/Robert H. Cleland
ROBERT H. CLELAND
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated: August 23, 2012
I hereby certify that a copy of the foregoing document was mailed to counsel of record
on this date, August 23, 2012, by electronic and/or ordinary mail.
Case Manager and Deputy Clerk
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