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Introduction to Amendments to Pleadings under Rule 15

Introduction to Amendments to Pleadings under Rule 15

Learn about the process by which plaintiffs and defendants have an opportunity to amend the various pleadings in a lawsuit.

Transcript

Sometimes, for various reasons, parties to a federal lawsuit will want to amend their pleadings. For example, a defendant may move to dismiss the plaintiff’s complaint for failure to state a claim on which relief can be granted. Rather than having the whole case thrown out, the plaintiff may seek to amend the complaint so that it does state a claim upon which relief can be granted. Similarly, the defendant may want to amend her answer to assert additional defenses or to fix ineffective...

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