Bonus Prevarication Du Jour

xeno201310181331ZPro Tip for Pro Se Litigants: Read the Rules.

Rule 15 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure says—

(a) Amendments Before Trial.

(1) Amending as a Matter of Course. A party may amend its pleading once as a matter of course within:
(A) 21 days after serving it, or
(B) if the pleading is one to which a responsive pleading is required, 21 days after service of a responsive pleading or 21 days after service of a motion under Rule 12(b), (e), or (f), whichever is earlier.

(2) Other Amendments. In all other cases, a party may amend its pleading only with the opposing party’s written consent or the court’s leave. The court should freely give leave when justice so requires.

A party gets one free amendment to a complaint. Any further amendment requires either the consent of the opposing party(ies) or convincing the judge that an amendment is warranted. That’s not always a gimme.

A New Pirate

We have been negligent in failing to credit Xenophon (the Troll) as a member of the Team Kimberlin’s crew. Xenophon appears to be taking a few days off, and the @x3n0ph0n Twitter account appears to be in the hands of First Mate Neal Rauhauser.xeno201310151446Z

Of course, FMNR is dead wrong about the “Dread Pirate” riff. It is neither dead nor a joke.

So, Gentle Readers, welcome Full Service Companion Xenophon to the crew roster.