United States District Court, D. Nevada
June 2, 2015
CHRIS H. CAVE, Plaintiff,
NATIONAL DEFAULT SERVCING CORPORATION, et al., Defendants.
CAM FERENBACH, Magistrate Judge.
This matter involves pro se Plaintiff Chris Cave's civil action under the Fair Debt Collection Act. Before the court is Defendant J.P. Morgan Chase Bank's Motion to Strike Cave's Amended Complaint (#22). Defendant National Default Servicing Corporation filed a joinder (#23). Cave opposed (#24) and J.P. Morgan replied (#25). For the reasons stated below, J.P. Morgan's motion is granted.
The district court's power to strike pleadings and papers originates from two sources. First, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 12(f) empowers the courts to "strike from any pleading an insufficient defense or any redundant, immaterial, impertinent, or scandalous matter." See also FED. R. CIV. P. 7(a) (defining pleadings as the complaint, answer, and reply to an answer).
Second, the court's authority to manage its docket and regulate the parties' conduct includes "an inherent authority to strike." Metzger v. Hussman, 682 F.Supp. 1109, 1111 (D. Nev. 1988); see also Chambers v. NASCO, Inc., 501 U.S. 32, 43 (1991) (recognizing that federal courts have "certain implied powers" that are "governed not by rule or statute but by the control necessarily invested in courts to manage their own affairs so as to achieve the orderly and expeditious disposition of cases"); accord Ready Transp., Inc. v. AAR Mfg., Inc., 627 F.3d 402, 404 (9th Cir. 2010).
J.P. Morgan's Motion to Strike (#22) is granted. On February 24, 2015, Defendants appeared and moved to dismiss Cave's action. (Mot. to Dismiss #5). On April 9, 2015, Cave filed an amended complaint without seeking leave of court or obtaining the opposing party's consent. This was improper. See FED. R. CIV. P. 15(a).
ACCORDINGLY, and for good cause shown,
IT IS ORDERED that J.P. Morgan Chase Bank's Motion to Strike Cave's Amended Complaint (#22) is GRANTED.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that Chris Cave's Amended Complaint (#21) is STRICKEN.
IT IS SO ORDERED.