Blair v. Nebraska Department of Correctional Services et al
ORDER regarding 84 Motion for Summary Judgment; Plaintiff's Motion to Supplement Pleadings, 87 construed as a Motion to Amend, is denied. Plaintiff's Motion to Extend 89 is granted. Plaintiff shall have until May 5, 2010, to respond to Defendants Motion for Summary Judgment. Ordered by Chief Judge Joseph F. Bataillon. (Copy mailed to pro se party)(PCV, ) Modified on 4/16/2010 to add text (PCV, ).
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA STEVEN R. BLAIR, ) ) Plaintiff, ) ) v. ) ) NEBRASKA DEPARTMENT OF ) CORRECTIONAL SERVICES, TIM ) PAVEL, TYLER ENDICOTT, ) DANIEL WENDT, ROLAND ) LIEHUS, CHAD PIERCE, TRACE ) MALOUSEK, and MARLIN ) LEYBOLD, ) ) Defendants. ) 8:07CV307
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter is before the court on Plaintiff's Motion to Supplement Pleadings (filing no. 87) and Motion to Extend Time to Respond to Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment (filing no. 89). The court will address these Motions in turn. I. Motion to Supplement Pleadings On March 25, 2010, Plaintiff filed a Motion to Supplement Pleadings and a Supplemental Complaint. (Filing Nos. 87 and 88.) The court construes Plaintiff's Motion to Supplement Pleadings as a Motion to Amend his Amended Complaint. Plaintiff's proposed Supplemental Complaint seeks to add claims that occurred after he filed his Amended Complaint. (Filing No. 88 at CM/ECF pp. 7-45.) Condensed and summarized, Plaintiff states that "Robert Houston, Amie Larson, George Green, Kyle Poppert, Ginger Shurter, and Janine Dougless" violated their duty to preserve his inmate file by willfully destroying it to sabotage his case. (Id. at CM/ECF p. 8.) These allegations raise claims against five new individuals, "Amie
Larson, George Green, Kyle Poppert, Ginger Shurter, and Janine Dougless," and one Defendant, Robert Houston, who was dismissed from this matter on April 21, 2009. (Id.; Filing No. 30 at CM/ECF p. 4.) Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15(a) provides that the court "should freely give leave [to amend] when justice so requires." However, the Eighth Circuit has held that it is not an abuse of discretion to deny a motion to amend when late tendered amendments involve new theories of recovery or impose additional discovery requirements. See Bell v. Allstate Life Ins. Co., 160 F.3d 452, 454 (8th Cir. 1998); see also Popoalii v. Corr. Med. Servs., 512 F.3d 488, 497 (8th Cir. 2008) (concluding a court does not abuse its discretion to deny a motion to amend where there exists undue delay, bad faith, repeated failure to cure deficiencies by amendments previously allowed, undue prejudice to the non-moving party, or futility of the amendment). This matter has been pending for over two and half years. (See Docket Sheet.) The court already permitted Plaintiff to file an Amended Complaint more than 21 months after he filed his original Complaint. (Filing Nos. 1 and 33.) Further, the discovery deadline in this matter has already passed. (Filing No. 73.) In short, permitting Plaintiff to assert new claims against new defendants at this stage of the proceedings would impose additional discovery requirements and unduly delay the resolution of this case.1 Therefore, Plaintiff's Motion to Supplement Pleadings, construed as a Motion to Amend, is denied. II. Motion to Extend Also pending before the court is Plaintiff's Motion to Extend Time to Respond to Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment. (Filing No. 89.) In this Motion,
Plaintiff's Supplemental Complaint may contain information that Plaintiff might find useful in his response to Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment. To the extent that Plaintiff desires to use this information for that purpose, he may do so.
Plaintiff asks the court to extend the time to respond to Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment until 21 days after the court rules on his Motion to Supplement Pleadings. (Id.) Plaintiff argues he is entitled to this extension because his Motion to Supplement Pleadings precludes summary judgment in this matter. (Filing No. 90 at CM/ECF p. 2.) The court disagrees. Nevertheless, because Plaintiff is proceeding pro se, the court will grant Plaintiff's Motion to Extend. Plaintiff shall have until May 5, 2010, to respond to Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment. IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that: 1. Plaintiff's Motion to Supplement Pleadings (filing no. 87), construed as a Motion to Amend, is denied. 2. Plaintiff's Motion to Extend (filing no. 89) is granted.
3. Plaintiff shall have until May 5, 2010, to respond to Defendants' Motion for Summary Judgment. DATED this 14th day of April, 2010. BY THE COURT:
s/ Joseph F. Bataillon Chief United States District Judge
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