Federal National Mortgage Association v. Canyon Willow Owners Association, et al.
ORDER that 30 Motion for Leave to File Amended Complaint is GRANTED. FURTHER ORDERED that plaintiff shall have seven (7) days from the date of this order to file the amended complaint. Signed by Judge James C. Mahan on 1/30/17. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - MMM)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
DISTRICT OF NEVADA
FEDERAL NATIONAL MORTGAGE
Case No. 2:16-CV-203 JCM (CWH)
CANYON WILLOW OWNERS
ASSOCIATION, et al.,
Presently before the court is plaintiff Federal National Mortgage Association’s motion for
leave to file its first amended complaint. (ECF No. 30). Plaintiff hopes “to add causes of action
for constitutional and statutory violations stemming from the HOA foreclosure sale that gave rise
to the original Complaint” in light of the Ninth Circuit’s recent decision in Bourne Valley Court
Trust v. Wells Fargo Bank, NA, 832 F.3d 1154 (9th Cir. 2016).1 (ECF No. 30).
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15(a)(2) states: “[A] party may amend its pleading only
with the opposing party’s written consent or the court’s leave. The court should freely give leave
when justice so requires.” Moreover, “[a] district court determines the propriety of a motion to
amend by ascertaining the presence of any of four factors: bad faith, undue delay, prejudice to the
opposing party, and/or futility. Generally, this determination should be performed with all
inferences in favor of granting the motion.” Griggs v. Pace Am. Grp., Inc., 170 F.3d 877, 880 (9th
Cir. 1999) (citation omitted). Indeed, “where there is a lack of prejudice to the opposing party and
the amended complaint is obviously not frivolous, or made as a dilatory maneuver in bad faith, it
James C. Mahan
U.S. District Judge
The Ninth Circuit decided that case after plaintiff filed its original complaint. See Bourne
Valley Court Trust, 832 F.3d at 1154; see also (ECF No. 1).
is an abuse of discretion to deny [a motion to amend.]” Howey v. United States, 481 F.2d 1187,
1190–91 (9th Cir. 1973).
Upon review of the instant motion and the corresponding proposed amended complaint,
this motion will be granted. (ECF Nos. 30, 30-1). Because plaintiff asserts these new allegations
in light of a recently published, highly relevant decision by the Ninth Circuit, this court finds that
there is neither bad faith nor undue delay for the complaint’s amendment. See Griggs, 170 F.3d
at 880. Moreover, the new claims in the amended complaint arise from essentially the same set of
facts as those of the original complaint—thereby producing minimal prejudice to the defendant—
and the amendment does not appear to be futile.
Microsystems, Inc., 368 F.3d 1053, 1061 (9th Cir. 2004); Griggs, 170 F.3d at 880.
See Thinket Ink Info. Res., Inc. v. Sun
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, ADJUDGED, AND DECREED that plaintiff’s motion for
leave to file an amended complaint (ECF No. 30) be, and the same hereby is, GRANTED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that plaintiff shall have seven (7) days from the date of this
order to file the amended complaint.
DATED January 30, 2017.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
James C. Mahan
U.S. District Judge
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