Commercial Litigation and Arbitration

Failing to Request Leave to Amend Complaint Prior to Dismissal, or Including Only a One-Line Request in Brief without Explaining Basis for Proposed Amendment, Warrants Denial of Belated Application

Muathe v. Fifth Third Bank, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 17618 (10th Cir. Oct. 8, 2015):

Assuming his complaint was properly dismissed, Mr. Muathe says the district court at least should have allowed him to amend. But before the entry of judgment he never filed a motion asking to amend and he never suggested how he might be able to amend his way into plausible, legally adequate claims for relief. Neither will this court fault a district court for failing to grant a motion for leave to amend that wasn't fairly put to it. See, e.g., Garman v. Campbell Cty. Sch. Dist. No. 1, 630 F.3d 977, 986 (10th Cir. 2010) (upholding denial of leave to amend where the party failed to file a motion explaining the bases for any proposed amendment but merely included one line in a brief suggesting the possibility of amendment).

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