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Morgan Mgt Mot Amend or for Class Certification

Morgan Mgt Mot Amend or for Class Certification

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COMMONWEALTHOFMASSACHUSETTSBERKSHIRE,SS.SUPERIORCOURTDEPARTMENT
CivilActionNo.BECV2011-00299
MorganMHPMASS,LLCandandMorganManaqernent,LLC
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Plaintiffs,
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Vs.
CommonwealthofMassachusetts,TownofWilliamstownDefendants
PLAINTIFFS'MOTIONTOAMENDTOADDADDITIONALPARTIES,ORINTHEALTERNATIVE.MOTIONFORCLASSCERTIFICATION
Nowcome
thePlaintiffs,MorganMHPMASS,LLCandMorganManagement,LLC(hereinafter"Morgan")intheabove-captionedactionandmovesthisHonorableCourt,pursuanttoMass.R.Civ.P.15(a)forleavetoamendthePlaintiffs'complainttoaddapproximatelyonehundrednine(109)differentindividualswhooccupysomeeighty-seven(807)differentmanufacturedhomesinthePark,asDefendantsinthismatter(the"Residents
Class"),
Orinthealternative,foranorderpursuanttoMass.R.Civ.P.23tocertifyallofResidentsClasswhoareresidinginmanufacturedhomeswithinthemanufacturedhousingcommunityknownasthe"Spruces"(hereinafterthe"Spruces'lor"Park"),whoseelectricitywasimpactedbyTropicalStormIreneonAugust28,2011,asa
classdefendant.
ThePlaintiffsareseekingtoamendtheircomplainttoaddtheseindividualpartiesforpurposesonencompassingthemwithinthescopeofanyordersthisHonorableCourtmightissue.
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Asgroundsforthismotion,Plaintiffsstatethat:
1.
TheResidentsClassissonumerousthatjoinderofallindividualmembersispotentiallyimpracticable;2.TherearequestionsoflaworfactcommontotheResidentsClass;and3.TheclaimsordefensesoftheResidentsClassaretypicaloftheclaimsordefensesandtheissuesofeachsuchindividualandtheyareallsimilarlysituated.
I.PROCEDURALBACKGROUND
OnAugust28,2011,TropicalStormIrenestruckthemanufacturedhousingcommunitylocatedinWilliamstown,MA.Asaresult,substantialfloodingresultedandasaresult,theParkwas
evacuated.
ThefloodingoccurredintheParkanddestroyedallelectricalpanelsandsystemsofapproximatelyeighty-seven(87)homesonceoccupiedbyonehundrednine(109)differentindividualsinthePark,speclflcallyaffectingBachand
Avenue,
EmeraldLane,NutmegLane,RiversideDriveandHigginsDrive.IntheprocessofattemptingtoreconstructandtoreconfigurethePark,certainresidents
have
goneintotheWesternDivisionHousingCourtandobtainedordersfromthecourttorestoretheelectricity.Thisprocessistedious,impracticableanduneconomical
(seeAffidavit
of
RichardPuricelliattachedheretoas
Exhibit
A).
Moreover,ifindividualswhocomeinpiecemeal,whichpresentlybeingdone.TheParkwillhavetoundomuchoftheworkthatithasalreadyperformedatfurtherexpense
(see
ExhibitA,
Affidavit
of
RichardPuricelli).
TheParkisattemptingtoascertainhowmanyoftheResidentsClassdesiretoreturntothePark.Inparticular,thehomesthatwereaffectedassetforthontheattached
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maparehomeslocatedat71,73,75,77,79,81,83,85,87,89,91BachandAvenue;125through143HigginsDrive;100through112and125through142RiversideDrive;allhomeslocatedonNutmegLaneandallhomeslocatedonEmeraldLane
(see
Exhibit8
attachedhereto).
TheindividualswhoresidedinthosehomesasofthedayofTropicalStormIrenearelistedontheattacheddocument
(see
ExhibitC
attached
hereto).Thelistattachedcontainsonehundrednine(109)differentindividualswhoonceoccupiedapproximatelyeighty-seven(87)differentsiteslocatedwithinthePark.Theseindividualsweretheregisteredownersand/oroccupantsofthehomesatthetimeofthestorm.'ThePlaintiffswishtoeitheramendtheircomplainttoincludetheResidentsClassindividuallyoralternatively,certifythemasaclass.ThePlaintiffsmaintainthattheclasscertificationrequestedhereinwouldbemoreeconomical.MarilynKirby,whoisamemberoftheResidentsClass,iswillingtobetheclassrepresentativeandwhoresidedat77BachandAvenueintheaffectedarea
(see
ExhibitD,
Affidavit
of
MarilynKirby).
Consequently,thePlaintiffsareseekingtoaddtheResidentsClasstothisactionsothattheycaninearnestcommencetheprocessofaddressingthefutureofthePark,suchasitisandmaybe.
II.ARGUMENT
A.Standard
UnderRule15,"theexpressedtendencyisinfavorofallowingamendmentsandamotiontoamendshouldbeallowedunlesssomegoodreasonappearsfordenial".
SeeCastellucciv.UnitedStatesFid.andGuar.Co.,
372Mass.288,289
[Ofthehomes
in
theaffectedarea,84EmeraldLanewasavacantlot,and76NutmegLanewasempty.Page3of9

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