In an oral order on Friday, Judge Burke granted a motion to amend an answer that was filed on the day of the deadline set in the scheduling order.
He described how difficult it would be for a party to argue that a motion to amend was untimely when it was filed before the agreed-upon deadline:
It would be the unusual case where a Court had previously determined (at the parties' request) that amendment could be allowed by a certain date without causing harm to the case schedule, and yet thereafter the Court would nevertheless ﬁnd a claim ﬁled by that deadline to be untimely.
This was true even where "Plaintiff is probably correct that most or all of the documents and facts underlying the [new] claims were publicly available" before the original answer.
He made the same point as to prejudice:
[B]ecause the Motion was ﬁled prior to the deadline for amending pleadings, it is hard for Plaintiff to convincingly argue that it would be unduly prejudiced by the addition of the claims/defenses.