Langford et al v. Wilkins et al
ORDER granting 53 Motion to non-suit claims. Ms. Sharp's Motion is granted and her claims against all defendants are dismissed without prejudice. Signed by Judge Kristine G. Baker on 8/28/2013. (jak)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
PHYLLIS LANGFORD, et al.
No. 3:12-cv-00111 KGB
JIMMY WILKINS, individually and
in his official capacity as Superintendent and
HUGHES SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 27
Before the Court is separate plaintiff Stacy A. Sharp’s motion to non-suit her claims (Dkt.
Ms. Sharp moves to dismiss without prejudice her pending claims against all
defendants. The Court grants the motion.
Ms. Sharp alleged in her complaint several causes of action arising under federal and
state law, including a claim under Title VII. As for her Title VII claim, Ms. Sharp should be
aware that the practical effect of a non-suit pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)
may be a dismissal with prejudice. Arkansas has a savings statute that entitles a party to refile a
cause of action within one year after a dismissal without prejudice. Ark. Code Ann. § 16-56126. However, that statute does not apply to extend the limitations period for Title VII claims,
which are governed by a specific federal statute of limitations. See Garrison v. Int’l Paper Co.,
714 F.2d 757, 759 n.2 (8th Cir. 1983). Thus, in Title VII cases, a voluntary dismissal does not
toll the ninety-day period to file suit. Gatlin v. Missouri Pac. R.R. Co., 631 F.2d 551, 554 (8th
Cir. 1980) (“[A] dismissal without prejudice leaves the situation so far as procedures therein are
concerned the same as though the suit had never been brought and a party cannot deduct from
the limitations period the time during which the action so dismissed was pending.”).
The Court hereby grants Ms. Sharp’s motion to non-suit her claims (Dkt. No. 53) and
dismisses without prejudice her claims against all defendants.
SO ORDERED this 28th day of August, 2013.
Kristine G. Baker
United States District Judge
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