Applegate v. Said et al
ORDER CLOSING the Case 18 , signed by Magistrate Judge Jennifer L. Thurston on 4/17/17: The Clerk is directed to close this case in light of Plaintiff's Rule 41(a)(1)(i) requested dismissal without prejudice. (CASE CLOSED)(Hellings, J)
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
BRIAN C. APPLEGATE,
Case No. 1:16-cv-00289-JLT (PC)
ORDER CLOSING THE CASE
SAID, et al.,
On April 13, 2017, Plaintiff filed a notice of voluntary dismissal of this action. (Doc. 18.)
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, 609-10 (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. Davenport-Harris 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).
No answer or motion for summary judgment has been filed in this case. Because Plaintiff
has exercised his right to voluntarily dismiss the complaint under Rule 41(a)(1), this case has
terminated and the matter may be closed. See Wilson, 111 F.3d at 692. Therefore, the Clerk is
directed to close this case in light of Plaintiff's Rule 41(a)(1)(i) requested dismissal without
IT IS SO ORDERED.
April 17, 2017
/s/ Jennifer L. Thurston
UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE
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