Sember v. Booz Allen Hamilton Engineering Services, LLC et al
ENTRY AND ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF'S UNOPPOSED MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT 9 AND DENYING AS MOOT PLAINTIFF'S MOTION FOR REMAND TO STATE COURT 5 AND DEFENDANTS' MOTION TO DISMISS 7 . Signed by Judge Thomas M. Rose on 3-2-2017. (de)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO
WESTERN DIVISION AT DAYTON
JOHN M. SEMBER,
Case No. 3:16-cv-445
Judge Thomas M. Rose
BOOZ ALLEN HAMILTON
ENGINEERING SERVICES, LLC,
ENTRY AND ORDER GRANTING PLAINTIFF’S UNOPPOSED MOTION FOR
LEAVE TO FILE FIRST AMENDED COMPLAINT (DOC. 9) AND DENYING
AS MOOT PLAINTIFF’S MOTION FOR REMAND TO STATE COURT (DOC.
5) AND DEFENDANTS’ MOTION TO DISMISS (DOC. 7)
This case is before the Court on Plaintiff John M. Sember’s unopposed Motion for Leave to
File an Amended Complaint (“Motion for Leave”) (Doc. 9). The Court will grant the Motion for
Leave because Plaintiff was permitted to amend the Complaint once as a matter of course in
response to Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss and, in any event, it is unopposed. Upon granting the
Motion for Leave, Plaintiff’s Motion for Remand to State Court for Improper Removal (“Motion
to Remand”) (Doc. 5) and Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss (Doc. 7) become moot—as both are
based on the allegations in the Complaint. The Court therefore denies both of those motions on
On September 21, 2016, Plaintiff brought this case in the Common Pleas Court of
Montgomery County, Ohio. On October 24, 2016, Defendants timely removed the case to this
Court, in response to which Sember filed the Motion to Remand (Doc. 5) the case to state court.
Defendants then filed an Amended Notice of Removal (Doc. 6) and Motion to Dismiss (Doc. 7)
the Complaint for failure to state a claim. Defendants’ Amended Notice of Removal and Motion
to Dismiss prompted Plaintiff to seek leave to file an Amended Complaint (Doc. 9) and to file an
Amended Motion for Remand to State Court (“Amended Motion to Remand”) (Doc. 10).
Defendants have responded to the Motion for Leave and Amended Motion to Remand, both of
which are ripe for review. (Docs. 11, 12.) In this Order, the Court rules on only the Motion for
Leave and the motions mooted by that ruling. The Court will rule on the Amended Motion to
Remand in a separate order.
B. Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave to File an Amended Complaint
Plaintiff filed the Motion for Leave “[o]ut of an abundance of caution,” even though he
believed that he was permitted to amend his Complaint under Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a)(1)(B). Rule
15(a)(1)(B) states that “[a] party may amend its pleading once as a matter of course” within 21
days of service of a motion under Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b), (e), or (f). As Defendants’ Motion to
Dismiss was brought under Rule 12(b)(6), Plaintiff appears to be correct. A discussion could be
had regarding whether a plaintiff in a removed action may amend a complaint under Rule
15(a)(1)(B) when that complaint is subject to a pending motion to remand. The Court need not
engage in that discussion, however, because Defendants do not object to the filing of the Amended
Complaint, provided that doing so will not waive any objections to Plaintiff’s Amended Motion to
Remand or any defenses to the Amended Complaint. In addition, as a practical matter, it would
be a disservice to the just, speedy and inexpensive determination of this action if the Court were to
deny Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave and consider whether remand is appropriate based on a
complaint that Plaintiff does not intend to pursue. For these reasons, the Court GRANTS
Plaintiff’s Motion for Leave and ORDERS Plaintiff to file the Amended Complaint within 7 days
of this Order. Defendants shall not be deemed to have waived any objections or defenses because
it did not oppose Plaintiff’s amendment.
C. Plaintiff’s Motion for Remand to State Court and Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss
Plaintiff’s Motion to Remand and Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss address whether the
Complaint’s allegations support federal jurisdiction and state a claim for relief, respectively. The
filing of the Amended Complaint therefore renders these motions moot. Accordingly, the Court
DENIES the Motion to Remand (Doc. 5) and Motion to Dismiss (Doc. 7) as moot. Of course,
Defendants may move to dismiss the Amended Complaint, if they wish to do so, within the
timeframe permitted under the Rules.
DONE and ORDERED in Dayton, Ohio, this Thursday, March 2, 2017.
s/Thomas M. Rose
THOMAS M. ROSE
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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