Spooner v. Golden Peanut Company, LLC (JOINT ASSIGN)(MAG+)
ORDER construing 10 Notice of Voluntary Dismissal as a Motion to Dismiss; ORDER granting 10 Motion to Dismiss, and that this action is DISMISSED without prejudice. Signed by Chief Judge William Keith Watkins on 12/5/2017. (alm, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE MIDDLE DISTRICT OF ALABAMA
GOLDEN PEANUT COMPANY,
) CASE NO. 1:17-CV-617-WKW
Before the court is Plaintiff’s notice of voluntary dismissal. (Doc. # 10.)
The notice does not comply with Rule 41(a)(1) of the Federal Rules of Civil
Procedure because an answer has been filed.1
See Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(a)(1)
(allowing for Plaintiff’s unilateral notice of dismissal “before the opposing party
serves either an answer or a motion for summary judgment”).
In addition, the motion does not contain a certificate of service in accordance with Rule
5(d) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. However, the court finds that the lack of a
certificate of service does not prejudice Defendant. Defendant was automatically served via
email when the notice was docketed in the court’s electronic filing system. Delaying resolution
of the case to correct the lack of a certificate of service only prolongs the burden on the court and
Defendant of participating in a case Plaintiff clearly has no intention of pursuing. For example,
Defendant is currently under an obligation to attempt to contact Plaintiff and to file a report of
parties’ planning meeting on or before December 1, 2017. (Doc. # 8.) See Fed. R. Civ. P. 1
(stating that the Rules of Civil Procedure shall be “construed, administered, and employed by the
court and the parties to secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action
Accordingly, the court CONSTRUES Plaintiff’s notice of voluntary
dismissal (Doc. # 10) as a motion to dismiss pursuant to Rule 41(a)(2) of the
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Further, it is ORDERED that the motion to
dismiss (Doc. # 10) is GRANTED and that this action is DISMISSED without
Final judgment will be entered separately.
DONE this 5th day of December, 2017.
/s/ W. Keith Watkins
CHIEF UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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