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Re: Dismissal with prejudice is normal

From: Tim Smith
Subject: Re: Dismissal with prejudice is normal
Date: Thu, 19 Jun 2008 21:20:00 -0700
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In article <>,
 rjack <> wrote:
> > What do you find not equivalent about it?  The first spells out in great 
> > detail what the settlement was between the parties, whereas the second does 
> > not, but I don't see how that is relevant.  I don't recall offhand any 
> > requirement in the rules that the filing for dismissal has to include the 
> > terms of any settlement, or even state the reason for the dismissal.
> > 
> > About all we can deduce from those two examples, I think, is that Active 
> > Window Productions had a lawyer who was being paid by the hour when the 
> > lawyer drafted the document! :-)
> > 
>  From the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure:
> "Rule 41. Dismissal of Actions (a) Voluntary Dismissal.
> (1) By the Plaintiff.
> (A) Without a Court Order. Subject to Rules 23(e), 23.1(c), 23.2 and 
> 66 and any applicable federal statute, the plaintiff may dismiss an 
> action without a court order by filing:
> (i) a notice of dismissal before the opposing party serves either an 
> answer or a motion for summary judgment; or
> (ii) a stipulation of dismissal signed by all parties who have 
> appeared.
> (B) Effect. Unless the notice or stipulation states otherwise, the 
> dismissal is without prejudice. But if the plaintiff previously 
> dismissed any federal- or state-court action based on or including 
> the same claim, a notice of dismissal operates as an adjudication on 
> the merits. . ."
> See Rule 41a(ii)?
> Go to PACER and review the court records in the SFLC cases. No agreed upon
> stipulations for dismissal are to be found. Obviously the SFLC's voluntary
> dismissals are unilateral decisions by the plaintiffs.

Note that 41(a)(1)(A)(i) and 41(a)(1)(A)(ii) are connected by "or", not 
"and".  Do you have reason to believe this dismissal was not under 

--Tim Smith

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