Mark Andy, Inc. v. Heat Technologies, Inc.
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER re: 41 MOTION for Leave to File an Amended Complaint and Incorporated Memorandum in Support filed by Plaintiff Mark Andy, Inc.. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff's motion for leave to file an amended complaint 41 is granted, and the amended complaint is deemed filed as of this date. Signed by District Judge Catherine D. Perry on July 2, 2014. (MCB)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI
MARK ANDY, INC.,
HEAT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.,
Case No. 4:13CV2150 CDP
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before me on plaintiff’s motion to amend its complaint to add claims of
fraudulent inducement and negligent misrepresentation against defendant. Defendant has filed an
objection to amendment, complaining of delay. The amendment is timely under the deadlines set
out in the case management order, and defendant has failed to articulate any undue prejudice
resulting from amendment. The claims of fraudulent inducement and negligent
misrepresentation arise out of the same set of operative facts pled in the complaint, and
amendment should come as no surprise since the possibility of bringing these claims was
discussed with the parties during the scheduling conference held in my chambers. Fact discovery
is set to close on August 25, 2014, but the parties may agree to extend fact discovery to
November 21, 2014, which is the current deadline for the completion of all discovery. If
additional time is needed for discovery because of amendment, the parties may file a joint motion
to amend the case management order which proposes new deadlines for the Court’s
consideration. However, I will not deny leave to amend based on vague, perfunctory assertions
of delay and prejudice. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a)(2) (“The Court should freely give leave [to
amend] when justice so requires.”). Finally, I urge the parties to use their best efforts to resolve
this case during their upcoming mediation.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that plaintiff’s motion for leave to file an amended
complaint [#41] is granted, and the amended complaint is deemed filed as of this date.
CATHERINE D. PERRY
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Dated this 2nd day of July, 2014.
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