Wimbush v. Holwager et al

Filing 17

MEMORANDUM. Signed by Judge James K. Bredar on 5/6/14. (c/m af 5/7/14)(amf, Deputy Clerk)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF MARYLAND RONNIE WIMBUSH #360-137 Plaintiff : v. : MS. HOLWAGER, et al., Defendants CIVIL ACTION NO. JKB-13-3718 : MEMORANDUM Plaintiff moves to dismiss this action without prejudice, pending upcoming improvements to the prison library which may help him better prepare his litigation. ECF No. 16. In determining whether to grant a motion for dismissal without prejudice under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(2), a court should consider the following factors: “(1) the opposing party's effort and expense in preparing for trial; (2) excessive delay or lack of diligence on the part of the movant; (3) insufficient explanation of the need for a dismissal; and (4) the present stage of litigation.” Wilson v. Eli Lilly & Co., 222 F.R.D. 99, 100 (D. Md. 2004) (quoting Teck Gen. P'ship v. Crown Cent. Petroleum Corp., 28 F. Supp. 2d 989, 991 (E.D. Va. 1998)). Typically, a motion to voluntarily dismiss a claim will be granted, in the absence of “plain legal prejudice” to the other party. Ellett Bros., Inc. v. U.S. Fid. & Guar. Co., 275 F.3d 384, 388 (4th Cir. 2001). Indeed, the purpose of Rule 41(a)(2) is to freely allow voluntary dismissals “unless the parties will be unfairly prejudiced.” Davis v. USX Corp., 819 F.2d 1270, 1273 (4th Cir. 1987). None of the defendants will suffer substantial prejudice if this action is dismissed without prejudice. Based on the foregoing, the court shall dismiss this case without prejudice pursuant to Rule 41(a)(2). DATED this 6th day of May, 2014. BY THE COURT: /s/ James K. Bredar United States District Judge

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