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Daily Express, Inc. v. Maverick Transportation

IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA


August 9, 2010

DAILY EXPRESS, INC., PLAINTIFF,
v.
MAVERICK TRANSPORTATION, LLC, DEFENDANT

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Yvette Kane, Chief Judge United States District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania

ORDER

THE BACKGROUND OF THIS ORDER IS AS FOLLOWS:

(Chief Judge Kane)

On June 22, 2010, Defendant filed a motion to dismiss Plaintiff's complaint. (Doc. No. 3.) On July 12, 2010, Plaintiff filed an amended complaint pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 15(a), which allows a party to amend its pleading "once as a matter of course within . . . 21 days after service of a motion under Rule 12(b) . . . ." Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a)(1)(B).

Because Defendant's motion to dismiss addresses the original complaint rather than Plaintiff's amended complaint, it is rendered moot by the filing of the amended complaint. See Pure Country, Inc. v. Sigma Chi Fraternity, 312 F.3d 952, 956 (8th Cir. 2002) ("If anything, [Plaintiff's] motion to amend the complaint rendered moot [Defendant's] motion to dismiss the original complaint."); Standard Chlorine of Del., Inc. v. Sinibaldi, 821 F. Supp. 232, 239-40 (D. Del. 1992) (finding that an amended complaint rendered the defendants' motion to dismiss the original complaint moot).

AND NOW, this 9th day of August 2010, upon consideration of the above, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that Defendant's motion to dismiss (Doc. No. 3) is MOOT. Defendant is given leave to re-file its motion to dismiss in contemplation of the amended complaint.

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