IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA
March 20, 2012
JOHN C. MALEY, ET AL.
SHELL WESTERN EXPLORATION AND PRODUCTION, LP (SWEPI LP), ET AL., DEFENDANTS
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Judge Conner
AND NOW, this 20th day of March, 2012, upon consideration of the motion to dismiss and to strike (Doc. 10) filed on March 5, 2012, by defendants Shell Western Exploration and Production, LP and Shell Energy holdings, LC, and upon consideration of the motion to dismiss and to strike (Doc. 13) also filed on March 5, 2012, by defendant East Resources, Inc., and observing that the plaintiffs filed an amended complaint (Doc. 15) on March 19, 2012, and it appearing that a party may amend its pleading once as a matter of course within twenty-one (21) days after serving it, or within twenty-one (21) days after service by the opposing party of a motion filed pursuant to Rule 12(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, see Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a)(1)(A)-(B) (governing amendment of pleadings as a matter of course), and the court finding that an amended complaint renders the original complaint a legal nullity, see Snyder v. Pascack Valley Hosp., 303 F.3d 271, 276 (3d Cir. 2002) ("An amended complaint supercedes the original version in providing the blueprint for the future course of the lawsuit."); 6 CHARLES ALAN WRIGHT ET AL., FEDERAL PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE § 1476 (2d ed. 1990) ("Once an amended pleading is interposed, the original pleading no longer performs any function in the case . . . ."), it is hereby ORDERED that:
1. Defendants shall respond to the amended complaint in accordance with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
2. The motions to dismiss and to strike (Docs. 10, 13) are DENIED as moot without prejudice.
CHRISTOPHER C. CONNER United States District Judge
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