Allen v. Ahlin, et al.
ORDER CLOSING CASE Due to Plaintiff's Voluntary Dismissal signed by Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston on 6/1/2017. CASE CLOSED. (Jessen, A)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
GEORGE N. ALLEN,
Case No. 1:15-cv-00989-JLT (PC)
ORDER CLOSING THE CASE DUE
PLAINITFF’S VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL
AHLIN, et al.,
On May 30, 2017, Plaintiff filed a notice of voluntary dismissal of this action. (Doc. 13.)
Although not stated in Plaintiff’s request, the Court construes it as one made pursuant to Federal
Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(1)(i).
In Wilson v. City of San Jose, the Ninth Circuit explained:
Under Rule 41(a)(1), a plaintiff has an absolute right to voluntarily dismiss his
action prior to service by the defendant of an answer or a motion for summary
judgment. Concha v. London, 62 F.3d 1493, 1506 (9th Cir. 1995) (citing
Hamilton v. Shearson-Lehman American Express, 813 F.2d 1532, 1534 (9th Cir.
1987)). A plaintiff may dismiss his action so long as the plaintiff files a notice of
dismissal prior to the defendant's service of an answer or motion for summary
judgment. The dismissal is effective on filing and no court order is required. Id.
The plaintiff may dismiss some or all of the defendants, or some or all of his
claims, through a Rule 41(a)(1) notice. Id.; Pedrina v. Chun, 987 F.2d 608, 60910 (9th Cir. 1993). The filing of a notice of voluntary dismissal with the court
automatically terminates the action as to the defendants who are the subjects of
the notice. Concha, 62 F.2d at 1506. Unless otherwise stated, the dismissal is
ordinarily without prejudice to the plaintiff's right to commence another action for
the same cause against the same defendants. Id. (citing McKenzie v. DavenportHarris Funeral Home, 834 F.2d 930, 934-35 (9th Cir. 1987)). Such a dismissal
leaves the parties as though no action had been brought. Id.
Wilson v. City of San Jose, 111 F.3d 688, 692 (9th Cir. 1997).
Neither answers to Plaintiff’s Complaint, nor motions for summary judgment have been
filed in this case and it appears that no such answers or summary judgment motions have been
served. Because Plaintiff has exercised his right to voluntarily dismiss the complaint under Rule
41(a)(1), this case has terminated. See Wilson, 111 F.3d at 692.
Therefore, the Clerk of the Court is DIRECTED to close this case in light of Plaintiff’s
Rule 41(a)(1)(i) requested dismissal.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
June 1, 2017
/s/ Jennifer L. Thurston
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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