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Puckett v. Board of Trustees of The First Baptist Church of Gainesville, Inc.

United States District Court, N.D. Georgia, Gainesville Division

April 15, 2015

DAVID PUCKETT, Plaintiff,
v.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF GAINESVILLE, INC. and FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF GAINESVILLE, Defendants.

ORDER

RICHARD W. STORY, District Judge.

This case is before the Court for consideration of the Report and Recommendation [53] of Magistrate Judge J. Clay Fuller. After reviewing the Report and Recommendation and Plaintiff's Objections [56] thereto, the Court enters the following Order.

In his Objections, Plaintiff asserts that a claim for retaliation under the Americans With Disabilities Act ("ADA") is clearly stated in the original Complaint if one reviews the Complaint in its entirety. Therefore, Plaintiff asserts that the Court's previous decisions failing to recognize the presence of the claim were in error. Further, Plaintiff argues that if the claim is not included in the original Complaint, he should be permitted to amend his Complaint in order to clearly state his ADA retaliation claim.

The Court has considered Plaintiff's arguments and finds that each of these arguments is addressed in the Report and Recommendation. The Court receives the Report and Recommendation with approval and adopts it as the Opinion and Order of this Court. The original Complaint did not clearly state a cause of action for retaliation under the ADA. The briefing of the parties and the Court's previous rulings made clear that an ADA retaliation claim was not included in the Complaint. Further, Plaintiff is unable to satisfy the good cause requirement of Rule 16 for an amendment at this time.

Therefore, Plaintiff's Motion to Amend [49] is DENIED.

SO ORDERED.


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