Saturday, September 01, 2007

No complaint amendment to add promissory estoppel three after the plaintiff dropped it from his breach of employment contract lawsuit. Keating v. Ironwood Golf and Country Club voluntarily withdrew his promissory Bank, supra, if the district court had allowed (Not designated for permanent publication). Premier Omaha area golf club Ironwood Country Club hired Bradley Keating to be its chief operating officer in April 2001 with a five year employment contract, subject to the parties reaching within 90 days of starting employment agreement on work performance standards. Apparently Mr. Keating ran afoul of some big names, including Howard Hawks and Thomas Fitzgerald. The club terminated him after 90 days. Keating sued for breach of contract and for breached promissory estoppel. After Ironwood filed its initial demurrer to the promissory estoppel count, Keating withdrew this from his pleading. But nearly three years later in response to Ironwoods motion for a complete summary judgment he sought to reinstate it. Nebraska Court of Appeals, unpublished decision, affirms summary judgment. "Keating sought to change his lawsuit from a straightforward breach of a written contract action to a promissory estoppel cause of action only after the hearing on Ironwood’s motion for summary judgment, nearly 3 years after Keatingestoppel cause of action. Similarly to Cimino v. FirsTierKeating to amend his pleading, the basis of his lawsuit would have been significantly altered after 3 years of proceeding to defend a case based only on a breach of contract cause of action. For these reasons, the district court did not abuse its discretion in refusing to grant Keating’s motion for leave to file an amended petition to change his theory of recovery from a breach of contract claim to one of promissory estoppel."

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