Applegate v. Said et al

Filing 19

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)

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 9 EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA 10 11 BRIAN C. APPLEGATE, 12 13 14 15 Plaintiff, Case No. 1:16-cv-00289-JLT (PC) ORDER CLOSING THE CASE (Doc. 18) v. SAID, et al., Defendants. 16 17 On April 13, 2017, Plaintiff filed a notice of voluntary dismissal of this action. (Doc. 18.) 18 Although not stated in Plaintiff’s request, the Court construes it as one made pursuant to Federal 19 Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(1)(i). 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 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 1 1 2 3 4 5 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 6 has exercised his right to voluntarily dismiss the complaint under Rule 41(a)(1), this case has 7 terminated and the matter may be closed. See Wilson, 111 F.3d at 692. Therefore, the Clerk is 8 directed to close this case in light of Plaintiff's Rule 41(a)(1)(i) requested dismissal without 9 prejudice. 10 11 12 13 IT IS SO ORDERED. Dated: April 17, 2017 /s/ Jennifer L. Thurston UNITED STATES MAGISTRATE JUDGE 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2

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