UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
June 14, 2006
JONATHAN CORBETT, PLAINTIFF,
GC SERVICES LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Ronald L. Ellis, United States Magistrate Judge
OPINION AND ORDER
Pro se plaintiff, Jonathan Corbett ("Corbett"), commenced this action on August 31, 2005, against defendant GC Services Limited Partnership ("GCS"), under 15 U.S.C. §§ 1681 and 1692, seeking damages and injunctive relief with respect to defendant's effort to collect an alleged debt. Pending before the Court is Corbett's motion to amend the complaint pursuant to Rule 15(a), Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, clarifying the relief he seeks and the statutory provisions for this relief. Corbett's motion is unopposed. For the reasons which follow, Corbett's motion to amend is GRANTED.
Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, a party may amend its pleading once as a matter of right before a responsive pleading is served or within twenty days after the pleading is served. Rule 15(a). A party may also amend its pleading with written consent from the opposing party or by filing a motion for leave to amend with the Court. Id. Rule 15(a) specifies that leave to amend shall be freely given when justice so requires. Since this rule is interpreted liberally, Rachman Bag Co. v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 46 F.3d 230, 234 (2d Cir. 1995), an amendment is normally permitted, and the refusal to grant leave without justification is :inconsistent with the spirit of the Federal Rules." Foman v. Davis, 371 U.S. 178, 182 (1962). It remains, however, within the discretion of the Court whether to allow amendment. Id.; John Hancock Mut. Life Ins. Co. v. Amerford Int'l Corp., 22 F.3d 458, 462 (2d Cir. 1994). An amendment that is sought after discovery has been closed, for undue delay, or in bad faith, for instance, may be denied because of prejudice to defendant. Finlay v. Simonovich, 1997 WL 746460, at *1 (S.D.N.Y. Dec. 2, 1997).
The proposed amendments do not add or modify any factual allegations in the complaint. Instead, they seek to clarify the relief Corbett seeks and the statutory provisions for this relief. The Court finds that the proposed amendments are not untimely and will not delay prosecution of this litigation. The amendments will not prejudice the defendant and there is no evidence that they are made in bad faith. On June 7, 2006, GCS informed the Court that it would not oppose the pending motion. Since the proposed amendments are unopposed and will assist the Court in the resolution of this action, Corbett's motion to amend the complaint is GRANTED. Corbett shall file his amended complaint by June 19, 2006.
SO ORDERED this 14th day of June 2006
The Honorable Ronald L. Ellis United States Magistrate Judge
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