Thursday, November 8, 2012

What is "Good Cause" For Filing Untimely Affirmative Defenses?

 
Come on -- you know that is the first thing on your mind this morning.

Luckily, Judge Scola provides the answer:
In order to raise the two new defenses, then, Commonwealth must demonstrate “good cause” for leave to amend under Rule 16(b), which requires a showing of diligence. See Sosa, 133 F.3d at 1418. As to the mitigation affirmative defense, Commonwealth contends that leave to amend should be allowed because the defense was not available until June 4, 2012, when Regions declined Commonwealth’s April 17, 2012 offer to defend and provide coverage under a reservation of rights. This Court disagrees. Commonwealth’s duty to defend and indemnify Regions in the state court suit goes to the heart of this litigation. Under such circumstances, a failure to mitigate defense should have been reasonably obvious to Commonwealth the minute that Regions declined its offer, if not before that time. Indeed, it might have been a reasonably anticipatory defense even as early as April, when Commonwealth tendered the offer. Yet, Commonwealth waited an additional three-and-a-half months after Regions refused the offer before requesting leave to amend. Such conduct does not evince diligence.
The idea that a defense is a pure "legal defense" also doesn't wash:
 As to the contract illegality affirmative defense, Commonwealth merely argues that it should be allowed to amend because it is “a pure legal defense.” Mot. at 6. But to admit as much dooms Commonwealth’s request. Commonwealth does not even attempt to explain why it did not knowabout, or assert, this defense from the get-go. As “a purely legal defense,” Commonwealth could be expected to assert it at the time it originally answered Regions’s Complaint in April, not some five months later. So the Court finds that here, too, Commonwealth has failed to show the diligence required by Rule 16(b).
Oh well -- hope you didn't really need these defenses to defend the case.

12 comments:

  1. Put the carrier on notice. Who are the lawyers???

    ReplyDelete
  2. oophl [url=http://www.beatsheadphonesforsales.com]beats headphone[/url] sgqfhj http://www.beatsheadphonesforsales.com cliu [url=http://www.cheapdrebeatsforsales.com]beats by dr dre[/url] ryefjg http://www.cheapdrebeatsforsales.com gqzg [url=http://www.cheapbeatsdrdreforsales.com]beats by dr dre[/url] codcpy http://www.cheapbeatsdrdreforsales.com lnkud [url=http://www.drdreheadphonesforsales.com]dr dre headphones[/url] hecutk http://www.drdreheadphonesforsales.com rfbfv [url=http://www.drdrebeatsonlinestores.com]dr dre headphones[/url] uveiv http://www.drdrebeatsonlinestores.com ani [url=http://www.beatsforcheapsales.com]dr dre beats[/url] ltzix http://www.beatsforcheapsales.com rdm

    ReplyDelete
  3. wjtkv [url=http://www.drdrebeatscheapsales.com]cheap beats by dre[/url] vnrvax http://www.drdrebeatscheapsales.com wjcz [url=http://www.drebeatsstudioheadphones.com]cheap beats[/url] nammra http://www.drebeatsstudioheadphones.com euzc [url=http://www.beatsdreheadphonesonsale.com]cheap beats by dre[/url] tzqqlh http://www.beatsdreheadphonesonsale.com iswxt [url=http://www.dreheadphonesonsales.com]monster beats[/url] xpycaj http://www.dreheadphonesonsales.com cxgpj [url=http://www.drdrebeatssales.com]dr dre beats[/url] ospcn http://www.drdrebeatssales.com loeuw [url=http://www.focsa.org.au/myreview/beatsbydre.phtml]beats by dre sale[/url] mswbt http://www.focsa.org.au/myreview/beatsbydre.phtml kzz

    ReplyDelete
  4. yexhz [url=http://www.drdrebeatscheapsales.com]beats by dre sale[/url] lpnbzx http://www.drdrebeatscheapsales.com gdhd [url=http://www.drebeatsstudioheadphones.com]cheap beats[/url] gnheuh http://www.drebeatsstudioheadphones.com uqrv [url=http://www.beatsdreheadphonesonsale.com]beats headphone[/url] rgmefo http://www.beatsdreheadphonesonsale.com huwvb [url=http://www.dreheadphonesonsales.com]monster beats[/url] nkwpqo http://www.dreheadphonesonsales.com elzzk [url=http://www.drdrebeatssales.com]monster beats[/url] gwlui http://www.drdrebeatssales.com eypkt [url=http://www.beatsheadphonesbydrdre.com]beats headphone[/url] ztclv [url=http://www.focsa.org.au/myreview/beatsbydre.phtml]monster beats[/url] tigah http://www.focsa.org.au/myreview/beatsbydre.phtml vac

    ReplyDelete
  5. fjhnq [url=http://www.drdrebeatscheapsales.com]beats by dre sale[/url] zxjoxg http://www.drdrebeatscheapsales.com behe [url=http://www.drebeatsstudioheadphones.com]cheap beats[/url] zqvozy http://www.drebeatsstudioheadphones.com ebsd [url=http://www.beatsdreheadphonesonsale.com]cheap beats by dre[/url] rjsdow http://www.beatsdreheadphonesonsale.com syezg [url=http://www.dreheadphonesonsales.com]monster beats[/url] fyzjvr http://www.dreheadphonesonsales.com fngsj [url=http://www.drdrebeatssales.com]monster beats[/url] jrknz http://www.drdrebeatssales.com nfybv [url=http://www.beatsheadphonesbydrdre.com]beats by dre[/url] rqoam [url=http://www.focsa.org.au/myreview/beatsbydre.phtml]cheap beats[/url] zxmid http://www.focsa.org.au/myreview/beatsbydre.phtml gzg

    ReplyDelete
  6. vjwks [url=http://www.drdrebeatscheapsales.com]cheap beats by dre[/url] rjgevx http://www.drdrebeatscheapsales.com bjeh [url=http://www.drebeatsstudioheadphones.com]cheap beats[/url] yzpqlq http://www.drebeatsstudioheadphones.com bvtg [url=http://www.beatsdreheadphonesonsale.com]cheap beats by dre[/url] iuewrx http://www.beatsdreheadphonesonsale.com qauwh [url=http://www.dreheadphonesonsales.com]monster beats[/url] xykwkw http://www.dreheadphonesonsales.com tqtrc [url=http://www.drdrebeatssales.com]dr dre beats[/url] cxqhp http://www.drdrebeatssales.com czomy [url=http://www.beatsheadphonesbydrdre.com]beats headphone[/url] jsbhb [url=http://www.focsa.org.au/myreview/beatsbydre.phtml]beats by dre sale[/url] tfkmr http://www.focsa.org.au/myreview/beatsbydre.phtml ozd

    ReplyDelete
  7. pznrd [url=http://www.drdrebeatscheapsales.com]cheap beats by dre[/url] uncdac http://www.drdrebeatscheapsales.com ljmi [url=http://www.drebeatsstudioheadphones.com]cheap beats[/url] sgyysz http://www.drebeatsstudioheadphones.com bmcm [url=http://www.beatsdreheadphonesonsale.com]beats headphone[/url] rqqyge http://www.beatsdreheadphonesonsale.com xxrwg [url=http://www.dreheadphonesonsales.com]beats by dre outlet[/url] dnkjgd http://www.dreheadphonesonsales.com pmgwf [url=http://www.drdrebeatssales.com]dr dre beats[/url] ynxre http://www.drdrebeatssales.com bysjv [url=http://www.beatsheadphonesbydrdre.com]beats headphone[/url] zpzit [url=http://www.focsa.org.au/myreview/beatsbydre.phtml]monster beats[/url] hhmkg http://www.focsa.org.au/myreview/beatsbydre.phtml hxo

    ReplyDelete
  8. It is awfully easy to be hard-boiled about everything in the daytime,but at night it is another thing.

    0iMpq http://www.cheapuggbootsan.com/
    iZqf http://www.michaelkorsoutletez.com/
    oMqj http://www.cheapfashionshoesam.com/
    0pGdv http://www.burberryoutletxi.com/
    6hZsu http://www.nflnikejerseysshopxs.com/
    6nDgn http://www.coachfactoryoutlesa.com/
    9xAzq 4lUuc 0hXxq 9bSwr 3cYnw 5nGxp 4mDmt 8eFbh 3iIqe

    ReplyDelete
  9. Ten men banded together in love can do what ten thousand separately would fail in.

    5gVra http://www.cheapuggbootsan.com/
    eFhm http://www.michaelkorsoutletez.com/
    zWfj http://www.cheapfashionshoesam.com/
    5gZye http://www.burberryoutletxi.com/
    8zHus http://www.nflnikejerseysshopxs.com/
    8ePqn http://www.coachfactoryoutlesa.com/
    7gOfk 4cXwd 3fGaw 6jGec 5cGfp 3lYwf 4nFnl 0uQig 5bUqm

    ReplyDelete
  10. Work while you work;

    7oOfv http://www.cheapuggbootsan.com/
    aQbo http://www.michaelkorsoutletez.com/
    qPqp http://www.cheapfashionshoesam.com/
    6gWjb http://www.burberryoutletxi.com/
    8aPec http://www.nflnikejerseysshopxs.com/
    9uYnu http://www.coachfactoryoutlesa.com/
    1wTlj 1qMze 9tPdh 4oFpl 7gYyk 9vBft 9iMgw 3hAmz 4lYpb

    ReplyDelete
  11. A proxy is a frequent phrase that is now utilized by numerous world wide web end users. In English, proxy refers to a particular person, who is licensed to act for some other person. In easy words, the action needed to be done by one particular person can be done by one more person with out revealing his id. The meaning of proxy differs with the context.

    Proxy and [url=http://scrapeboxfaq.com/where-can-i-get-scrapebox-shared-proxies ]Private Proxies buyproxies.org [/url] are two terms utilised by intermediate web users. A proxy refers to a website, which can be employed to blocked details. In other terms, without any limits, you can get accessibility to any details more than the web with the use of proxy sites. These proxy sites are basically known as as proxies. Proxy server is an intermediate server, which handles information sharing in between a customer and a server. Any info shared between the shopper and the server should pass proxy servers. Proxy web sites are designed to fool proxy servers.

    Practically all workplaces and instructional establishments put in a proxy server, which functions as a firewall. Net connection to different computer systems inside of the constructing is presented only through the proxy server. Each and every piece of data, which passes by way of the proxy server, is logged. This way, the officials can control the net entry of their subordinates or college students. A firewall is installed inside a proxy server, which restricts entry to a lot of internet sites. In most of the cases, numerous recognized enjoyment and grownup internet sites are blocked by proxy servers.

    Proxies are developed to get access to any internet site of the user's choice with out acquiring caught by the proxy server. When you use a proxy site, your identification is concealed and the site, which you want to obtain, is also hidden. These proxy websites are allowed by proxy servers and you can get any data you wish. You can obtain several blocked web sites from your office or school utilizing proxy sites.

    Proxy servers are used to manage internet obtain in the workplace. Apart from blocking sites, proxy servers are utilized to give a protected and protected searching surroundings. All information passing by means of proxy servers can be analyzed before they attain any terminal. This function is utilized to block spyware and other viruses from impacting a user's personal computer also. To enhance community protection and accessibility control, proxy servers are utilised. When the community connects a large amount of computer systems, use of proxy servers becomes essential to have a centralized entry to the internet.

    A proxy hides your id and lets you surf the web with out revealing your IP address. Proxies are now employed by several end users, who would like to conceal their identification and escape from invaders. Anonymous browsing is now achievable with the use of proxies. Proxies for social networking websites are now found all over the world wide web simply because folks want to use social networking websites when they are at work. Even though the subject of making use of proxy to overrule obtain control is a controversial level, you can use these proxies as long as your proxy server identifies and blocks proxies.

    ReplyDelete
  12. http://www.burbagssale2014.com/ Burberry Outlet
    http://www.airmaxshoesfactory.com/ Air Max Shoes
    http://www.coachblackfriday2014.com/ Coach Black Friday
    http://www.coach-storeoutletonline.com/ Coach Black Friday
    http://www.coachcoachoutlet.com/ Coach Cyber Monday
    http://www.coachxfactory.com/ Coach Factory
    http://www.coach-factoryoutletonline.net/ Coach Outlet Factory
    http://www.coach-outletonlineusa.com/ Coach Outlet USA
    http://www.coach-pursesfactory.com/ Coach Purses Factory
    http://www.coachpurseusa.com/ Coach Purses USA
    http://www.coach-storeoutlet.com/ Coach Store Outlet
    http://www.coach-pursesonline.com/ Coach Purses On Sale
    http://www.monsterbeatsbydres.com/ Monster Beats Outlet
    http://www.louis-vuittonblackfriday.com/ Louis Vuitton Outlet
    http://www.lv-guccishoesfactory.com/ Louis Vuitton Factory
    http://www.marcjacobsonsale.com/ Marc Jacobs On Sale
    http://www.mcmworldwides.com/ MCM Outlet
    http://www.mcmoutlet-jp.com/ MCM 店铺
    http://www.oakleysunglassesfactory.com/ cheap oakley sunglasses
    http://www.michael-korsmas.com/ Michael Kors Outlet
    http://www.michaelkors.so/ Michael Kors Outlet
    http://www.michaelkorsfactory-store.com/ Michael Kors Factory
    http://www.michaelkorsoutletr.com/ Michael Kors Outlet
    http://www.michael-korsfactoryonline.com/ Michael Kors Factory Online
    http://www.newcoachfactoryoutlet.com/ Coach Factory Outlet
    http://www.north-faceoutletonlines.net/ North Face Outlet Online
    http://www.polo-outletstore.com/ Polo Outlet Store
    http://www.ralph-laurenhome.com/ Ralph Lauren UK
    http://www.saclongchamppairs.com/ Sac Longchamp Pairs
    http://www.tcoachoutletonline.com/ Coach Outlet Online
    http://www.the-coachfactoryoutlet.com/ Coach Factory Oultet
    http://www.barbour-jacketsoutlet.com/ Barbour Jackets Outlet Online
    http://www.canada-gooser.com/ Canada Goose Outlet
    http://www.guccishoesuk-2014.com/ Gucci Outlet Online
    http://www.michaelkorsstates.com/ Michael Kors Outlet
    http://www.moncler-clearance.com/ Moncler Clearance
    http://www.moncler-jacketsoutletonline.com/ Moncler Jackets Outlet Online
    http://www.northsclearance.com/ North Clearace Outlet
    http://www.polo-ralphlaurenonline.com/ Polo Ralph Lauren Outlet Online
    http://www.woolrich-clearance.com/ Woolrich Clearance
    http://www.cvshopfactory.com/ shop.coachfactory.com
    http://www.mksfactoryoutlet.com/ Michael Kors Factory Outlet
    http://www.zxcoachoutlet.com/ Coach Outlet Online USA
    http://www.thebeatsbydre.net/ Beats by Dre
    http://www.superbagsmarket.com/ Coach Outlet Online
    http://www.nike-jordanshoes.com/ Nike Jordan Shoes
    http://www.newoutletonlinemall.com/ Coach Purses Outlet Online
    http://www.clickmichaelkors.com/ Michael Kors USA

    ReplyDelete