Chagnon et al v. Admin Recovery LLC
Minute Order. This case is dismissed with prejudice in its entirety. The Court declines to exercise continuing jurisdiction over this matter. Entered by Judge Philip A. Brimmer on 04/21/16. (jhawk, )
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLORADO
Civil Action No. 15-cv-02004-PAB-CBS
NAOMI CHAGNON and
ADMIN RECOVERY LLC,
Entered by Judge Philip A. Brimmer
Pursuant to the plaintiffs’ Notice of Withdrawal of Complaint and Voluntary
Dismissal of Action With Prejudice [Docket No. 16] (the “Notice”), this case is dismissed
with prejudice in its entirety. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(a)(1)(A)(i). The Notice states that
“[t]he Court will retain jurisdiction to enforce the terms of the settlement agreement.”
Docket No. 16 at 1. Although plaintiffs are free to dismiss this action without a court
order, plaintiffs’ statement regarding the Court’s continued jurisdiction has no legal
effect. The parties have not attached the settlement agreement or asked the Court to
approve it. A district court may retain jurisdiction over a case to enforce the terms of a
settlement agreement provided that the order of dismissal shows an intent to retain
jurisdiction. See Kokkonen v. Guardian Life Ins. Co. of Am., 511 U.S. 375, 380-81
(1994). However, “[e]xcept in extraordinary circumstances, the Court will not retain
jurisdiction . . . over cases that have been settled. . . . Any motion or stipulation for
dismissal requesting that the Court retain jurisdiction after dismissal shall explain in
detail the extraordinary circumstances necessitating such an approach.” Practice
Standards (Civil Cases), Judge Philip A. Brimmer § I.H.5. The parties do not identify
any extraordinary circumstances “[T]he parties’ compliance with the terms of the
settlement contract (or the court’s ‘retention of jurisdiction’ over the settlement contract)
may, in the court’s discretion, be one of the terms set forth” in a dismissal order, but
“[a]bsent such action . . . enforcement of the settlement agreement is for state courts,
unless there is some independent basis for federal jurisdiction.” Kokkonen, 511 U.S. at
382. The Court declines to exercise continuing jurisdiction over this matter.
DATED April 21, 2016.
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