to alter. One amends a statute by changing (but not abolishing) an established law. One amends a pleading by adding to or substracting from an already existing pleading.
Lily sues a manufacturing company for injuries resulting from a defect in one of their products. After she files her papers with the court, she discovers new facts which indicate that the company was negligent in developing the product. Lily seeks to amend her pleading to include these new facts, and, as is generally the case, she is permitted to amend.
Source: Barron's Dictionary of Legal Terms, Steven H. Gifis, 5th Edition; © 2016
"An amended pleading supersedes the former pleading; the original pleading is abandoned by the amendment, and is no longer a part of the pleader's averments against his adversary." Dresdner Bank AG v. M/V Olympia Voyager, 463 F.3d 1210, 1215 (11th Cir. 2006) (internal quotation omitted); see also Fritz v. Standard Sec. Life Ins. Co., 676 F.2d 1356, 1358 (11th Cir. 1982) ("Under the Federal Rules, an amended complaint supersedes the original complaint.")"
- Riley v. Fairbanks, 222 Fed. App'x 897 (11th Cir. 2007)