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amended pleading

n. a changed written pleading in a lawsuit, including complaint or answer to a complaint. Pleadings are amended for various reasons, including correcting facts, adding causes of action (legal bases for a suit), adding affirmative defenses, or responding to a court's finding that a pleading is inadequate as a matter of law. Amendments cannot be made willy-nilly, but only prior to being served, upon stipulation by the parties or order of the court. (See: amend, amended complaint, demurrer)

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The limited office of the motion as a tester of the facial sufficiency of a pleading, coupled with the liberality with which leave to replead was granted, promoted rounds of rule 106(4) motions and amended pleadings but did not reveal the facts underlying an action.
2003) (declaring amended complaint supersedes original complaint); see also WRIGHT ET AL., supra note 18, [section] 1476 (describing effect of amended pleading).
197, 200 (1938) (noting that "[t]echnical rules will not be applied" in assessing the sufficiency of amended pleadings); accord Conley, 355 U.S.
The Illinois test is similar to Rule 15(c); Illinois courts allow the filing of an amended pleading to relate back to the original pleading if the original pleading was timely filed and if the cause of action asserted in the amended pleading grew out of the same transaction or occurrence as was being set up in the original pleading.
The dissenting judge found that the plaintiffs' amended pleading required an answer.
However, he agreed that "a correct interpretation of 1295(a)(1) limits the Federal Circuit's exclusive jurisdiction to those cases in which the patent claim is alleged in either the original complaint or an amended pleading filed by the plaintiff." (31) He was persuaded by the majority's public-policy analysis (32) and believed that the regional courts of appeal could add to the development of patent law.
For example, recently I was preparing to argue against a defense motion to strike parts of my amended pleading in a lawsuit.
The accident occurred June 4, 1988, and the amended pleading adding State Farm as a defendant was not filed until August 3, 1990.
It would be wise to consider whether the effort to "tell four stories" in one narrative may be running counter to representing four individual plaintiffs.<br />Defendant not on fair notice<br />In the proposed 51-page amended pleading, no Plaintiff specifies the theory of race discrimination under which she proceeds in her generic "race discrimination" count.
In response to the amended pleading, the defendants filed another round of motions to dismiss, including a motion by DISYS that the pleading did not sufficiently allege an employment relationship for purposes of the claims presented.
Reinke, Jr, the second district was faced with a content issue that took Kingbrook a step further: "[I]s a motion that substantively seeks only leave to file an amended pleading, yet requests the relief that the matter be reinstated following a dismissal with prejudice, sufficiently directed against the judgment to come within the ambit of section 2-1203(a) of the Code?" (42)
If the case stated by the initial pleading is not removable, a notice of removal may be filed within thirty days after receipt by the defendant, through service or otherwise, of a copy of an amended pleading, motion, order, or other paper from which it may first be ascertained that the case is one which is or has become removable.