Amending or Adding Information to a Complaint that was Previously Filed

amended complaint (1822) A complaint that modifies and replaces the original complaint by adding relevant matters that occurred before or at the time the action began. Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(d).  *  In some circumstances, a party must obtain the court’s permission to amend its complaint. Fed. R. Civ. Pro. 15(a). — aka substituted complaint

supplemental complaint (1821) An additional complaint that either corrects a defect in the original complaint or adds relevant matters that occurred after the action began.  *  Generally, a party must obtain the court’s permission to tile a supplemental complaint. Fed. R. Civ. Pro. 15(d).


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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: Ballantine’s Law Dictionary Legal Assistant Edition by Jack Ballantine (James Arthur 1871-1949).  Doctored by Jack G. Handler, J.D. © 1994 Delmar by Thomson Learning.  ISBN 0-8273-4874-6.


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