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Meier v. UHS of Delaware, Inc.

United States District Court, E.D. Texas, Sherman Division

June 18, 2019

BARBARA MEIER, et al.
v.
UHS OF DELAWARE, INC., et al.

         Judge Mazzant

          MEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDER

          AMOS L. MAZZANT, UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE.

         Pending before the Court is Plaintiffs Barbara Meier, Madison Hough, Jason Hough, Govinda Hough, Bill Crowell, Troy Harvey, Yolanda McPherson, Sandra Stokes, Tiffany Young, Diane Creel, Lynn Creel, and Jalisa Green's Motion for Leave to Amend Complaint (Dkt. #182). Having considered the motion and the relevant pleadings, the Court finds that the motion should be granted.

         BACKGROUND

         I. First Amended Complaint

         On August 1, 2018, Plaintiff Meier filed her First Amended Petition in the 158th Judicial District Court of Denton County, Texas (Dkt. #1 ¶ 3). On August 27, 2018, Defendant UHS of Delaware, Inc. removed the case to this Court (Dkt. #1).

         On October 1, 2018, Plaintiff filed her First Amended Complaint in this Court adding Plaintiffs Madison Hough, Jason Hough, Govinda Hough, Crowell, Harvey, McPherson, Stokes, and Young (Dkt. #11 ¶ 1). Plaintiff also added Defendants Universal Health Services, Inc.; Dr. Sabahat Faheem; Kenneth Chad Ellis; Millwood Hospital LP; Dr. Sejal Mehta; Dr. Gary Malone; Alan B. Miller; Universal Physicians, P.A.; Dr. Says LLC; MD Reliance, Inc.; Office Winsome, LLC; Dr. Yupo Jesse Chang; Yung Husan Yao; Dr. Quingguo Tao; Dr. Harmanpreet Buttar; Behavioral Health Management, LLC; Dr. Jamal Rafique; Hickory Trail Hospital, LP; Behavioral Health Connections, Inc.; Jan Arnett; and Wendell Quinn (Dkt. #11 ¶¶ 2-9).[1] Defendants filed the following motions in response to Plaintiffs' First Amended Complaint:

- Defendants Universal Health Services, Inc.; UHS of Delaware, Inc.; Behavioral Health Connections, Inc.; Arnett; and Quinn's (the “UHS Defendants”) Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs' First Amended Original Complaint (Dkt. #31)
- Defendants Mayhill Hospital; Millwood Hospital; Hickory Trail Hospital; Behavioral Hospital of Bellaire; and Ellis' (the “Hospital Defendants”) Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff's First Amended Complaint (Dkt. #39)
- Defendant Dr. Faheem's Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs' First Amended Original Complaint for Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction and for Failure to State a Claim Upon Which Relief may be Granted (Dkt. #53)
o Defendant Dr. Faheem also filed a Motion to Strike Attachments to Plaintiffs' Response to Defendant Dr. Faheem's Motion to Dismiss (Dkt. #91)
- Defendant Dr. Rafique's Motion to Dismiss Pursuant to Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 12(b)(1) and 12(b)(6) (Dkt. #55)
- Defendant Dr. Buttar's Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff's First Amended Original Complaint (Dkt. #98)
- Defendant Dr. Tao's Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs' First Amended Original Complaint (Dkt. #99)
- Defendant Yao's Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs' First Amended Original Complaint (Dkt. #100)
- Defendants Dr. Chang; Universal Physicians, PA; Dr. Says, LLC; MD Reliance, Inc.; and Office Winsome, LLC's (the “Dr. Chang Defendants”) Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs' First Amended Original Complaint (Dkt. #101)
- Defendant Dr. Malone's Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs' First Amended Original Complaint (Dkt. #123).[2]

         II. Second Amended Complaint

         On April 26, 2019, without receiving leave of court, Plaintiffs filed a Second Amended Complaint adding Plaintiffs Diane Creel, Lynn Creel, and Jalisa Green (Dkt. #130 ¶¶ 4, 5(j)-(k)).[3]Plaintiffs also added Defendant Dr. Timothy Tom (Dkt. #130 ¶¶ 4, 10(e)). Defendants filed the following motions to strike Plaintiffs' Second Amended Complaint arguing (1) Plaintiffs failed to seek leave of court to file the Second Amended Complaint and (2) Plaintiffs' proposed amendments are futile:

- The UHS Defendants' Motion to Strike Plaintiffs' Second Amended Original Complaint (Dkt. #132)
- Defendant Dr. Rafique's Motion to Strike Plaintiffs' Second Amended Original Complaint (Dkt. #140)
- The Hospital Defendants' Motion to Strike Plaintiffs' Second Amended Complaint (Dkt. #141)
- Defendant Dr. Faheem's Motion to Strike Plaintiffs' Second Amended Original Complaint (Dkt. #142)
- Defendant Dr. Malone's Motion to Strike Plaintiffs' Second Amended Original Complaint (Dkt. #144)
- Defendant Yao's Motion to Strike Plaintiffs' Second Amended Original Complaint (Dkt. #145)
- Defendant Dr. Tao's Motion to Strike Plaintiffs' Second Amended Original Complaint (Dkt. #146)
- Defendant Dr. Buttar's Motion to Strike Plaintiffs' Second Amended Original Complaint (Dkt. #148)
- The Dr. Chang Defendants' Motion to Strike Plaintiffs' Second Amended Original Complaint (Dkt. #149)

         Defendants also filed the following motions to dismiss Plaintiffs' ...


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