Johnson v. Sierra County Board of County Commissioners et al
ORDER by Magistrate Judge Lourdes A. Martinez DENYING as moot 72 Motion for Leave to File Third Amended Complaint. (atc)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEW MEXICO
No. CIV-16-0011 LAM/GJF
SIERRA COUNTY BOARD OF
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS, CURTIS CHERRY,
GLENN HAMILTON, and JOE BACA,
ORDER DENYING AS MOOT MOTION FOR LEAVE
TO FILE THIRD AMENDED COMPLAINT [Doc. 72]
THIS MATTER is before the Court on Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to File Third
Amended Complaint (Doc. 72), filed on December 19, 2016. Defendants Baca and Hamilton
filed a response to the motion on January 3, 2017. [Doc. 73]. No other defendant filed a
response to the motion, and Plaintiff has not filed a reply, and the times for doing so have passed.
Having considered the motion, response, record of the case, and relevant law, the Court finds
that the motion should be DENIED as moot.
In his motion, Plaintiff asks the Court to allow him to file an amended complaint “to
include additional facts regarding segregation conditions at the Sierra County Detention Center.”
[Doc. 72 at 1]. Plaintiff states that the proposed amended complaint also corrects “clerical and
other small errors,” but that it does not add any new claims. Id. at 2. In response, Defendants
Baca and Hamilton oppose the motion, stating that “[i]t will be an undue expense to Defendants
to prepare an answer to a Third Amended Complaint, given that all of the newly added facts are
encompassed within the causes of action set forth in Plaintiff’s Second Amended Complaint.”
[Doc. 73 at 2]. Defendants Baca and Hamilton state that they are already on notice of the factual
allegations added in the proposed Third Amended Complaint because similar facts are already
included in the Second Amended Complaint, and contend that the Third Amended Complaint is
unnecessary. Id. at 2-3.
On January 23, 2017, Plaintiff filed an amended motion to file a Third Amended
Complaint, in which Plaintiff seeks to add three parties. See [Doc. 74].1 Plaintiff’s second
proposed Third Amended Complaint incorporates the additional factual allegations included in
his first proposed Third Amended Compliant.
Compare [Doc. 72-1] with [Doc. 74-1].
Therefore, the Court will deny this motion as moot, and will consider Plaintiff’s amended motion
to file a Third Amended Complaint in a separate Order.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that, for the reasons stated above, Plaintiff’s Motion
for Leave to File Third Amended Complaint (Doc. 72) is DENIED as moot.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
LOURDES A. MARTÍNEZ
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
Plaintiff’s amended motion to file a Third Amended Complaint [Doc. 74] is improperly filed as both a
reply to his first motion to file a Third Amended Complaint and as a new motion. This violates the Court’s
Administrative Order 92-88, which provides that practitioners shall “submit a separate pleading for each matter
upon which adjudication or a ruling of the Court is sought,” and shall “submit, in the case of responsive pleadings, a
separate pleading addressing each motion or other pleading to which a response is made.” The Court will further
consider Document 74 in a separate Order.
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