United States District Court, D. Nevada
March 24, 2014
PROGRESSIVE CASUALTY INSURANCE COMPANY, Plaintiff,
JACKIE K. DELANEY; et al., Defendants.
LARRY R. HICKS, District Judge.
Before the court is plaintiff Progressive Casualty Insurance Company's ("Progressive") motion for leave to file an amended complaint. Doc. #84.
Also before the court are defendants' motions for leave to assert counterclaims. Doc. ##85, 87.
I. Facts and Procedural History
This is a declaratory relief action brought by Progressive against defendants to determine whether a company liability insurance policy issued by Progressive to defendant Sun West Bank covers an underlying claim made by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC") against Sun West Bank's board of directors.
On April 29, 2011, Progressive filed a complaint for declaratory relief. Doc. #1. After this action was filed, the parties filed a stipulation to stay the action pending proceedings by the FDIC (Doc. #47) which was approved by the court (Doc. #48). The FDIC then filed a separate action against the officers and board of directors of the now defunct Sun West Bank. See Case No. 2:13cv-0924-JCM-VCF.
In August 2013, the parties lifted the stay in this action and sought to initiate discovery on Progressive's claim. Thereafter, Progressive filed the present motion for leave to file an amended complaint. Doc. #84.
A party may amend its pleadings after a responsive pleading has been filed by leave of court. FED. R. CIV. P. 15(a)(2). Leave of court to amend should be freely given when justice so requires and when there is no undue delay, bad faith, or dilatory motive on the part of the moving party. See Wright v. Incline Village General Imp. Dist., 597 F.Supp.2d 1191 (D. Nev. 2009); DCD Programs, LTD v. Leighton, 883 F.2d 183 (9th Cir. 1987).
Here, Progressive requests leave to amend its complaint to add new allegations to its claims, as well as add an additional claim for reimbursement. See Doc. #84. A copy of the proposed amended complaint is attached to the motion in accordance with LR 15-1. Doc. #84, Exhibit 1.
The court finds that there is no undue delay, bad faith, or dilatory motive on behalf of Progressive in requesting leave to amend its complaint. Further, the court finds that the matter is early in discovery and that the defendants would not be prejudiced by allowing amendment - especially in light of their subsequent motions to assert counterclaims covering the same factual conduct. Accordingly, Progressive shall be granted leave to amend its complaint. Similarly, defendants shall be granted leave to assert counterclaims.
IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that plaintiff's motion for leave to file an amended complaint (Doc. #84) is GRANTED. Plaintiff Progressive Casualty Insurance Company shall have ten (10) days after entry of this order to file the amended complaint attached as Exhibit 1 to the motion for leave to file an amended complaint (Doc. #84, Exhibit 1).
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that defendants' motions to assert counterclaims (Doc. ##85, 87) are GRANTED. The defendants shall have twenty (20) days after the filing of plaintiff's amended complaint to file counterclaims.
IT IS SO ORDERED.