Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. GMT, LLC
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - The plaintiff intervenors and the defendants joint motion for dismissal with prejudice, (ECF No. 41 ), is granted; the complaint in intervention, (ECF No. 19 ), is dismissed with prejudice; and the plaintiff intervenors and the defendants shall each bear their own attorneys fees and costs.Ordered by Senior Judge Warren K. Urbom. (Copy mailed to pro se party)(MKR)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY )
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER ON JOINT
MOTION FOR DISMISSAL WITH
The plaintiff intervenors Chanda Long, Brittany Barry, Kayla Romsa, Muriel Bowery, and
Kimberly Johnson, and the defendant GMT, LLC, d/b/a Miracle Hill Golf and Tennis Center (GMT),
have filed a “Joint Motion for Dismissal with Prejudice.” (ECF No. 41.) The plaintiff intervenors’
and the defendant’s joint motion will be granted.
On September 28, 2011, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed a
complaint alleging that GMT subjected Long, Barry, Romsa, Bowery, Johnson, and “other similarly
situated females” to sexual harassment in violation of Section 703(a) of Title VII of the Civil Rights
Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2(a). (See Compl., ECF No. 1.) GMT filed an answer
to the complaint on December 28, 2011. (See Answer, ECF No. 7.)
On January 23, 2012, Long, Barry, Romsa, Bowery, and Johnson filed a motion to intervene
in this action. (See ECF No. 9.) Their motion was granted, (see ECF No. 14), and on April 3, 2012,
they filed a complaint in intervention against GMT, (see ECF No. 19). GMT filed an answer to the
complaint in intervention on April 24, 2012. (See ECF No. 20.)
On August 7, 2012, the plaintiff intervenors and GMT filed the instant joint motion for
dismissal. (ECF No. 41.) In pertinent part, the joint motion states,
Plaintiff Intervenors and Defendant have entered into a Confidential Settlement
Agreement and Release that settles the disputes between them and agree that all
claims and causes of action that Plaintiff Intervenors alleged or could have alleged
against Defendant in this action and that all claims and causes of action that
Defendant alleged or could have alleged against Plaintiff Intervenors in this action
should be dismissed, with prejudice to refiling same, with each party to bear their
own attorneys’ fees and costs. Plaintiff EEOC refused to stipulate to a dismissal so
this Motion is filed as required by Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(a)(1)(A)(ii).
Plaintiff EEOC will not be prejudiced by this dismissal.
Plaintiff Intervenors and Defendants seek a dismissal with prejudice.
(Id. at 1-2.) The EEOC has not filed a response to the joint motion to dismiss.
STANDARD OF REVIEW
“Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a) provides for the voluntary dismissal of actions at the
plaintiff's request.” Jaramillo v. Burkhart, 59 F.3d 78, 79 (8th Cir. 1995). Where, as here, the
defendant has already served an answer and all of the parties who have appeared have not signed a
stipulation of dismissal, the plaintiff must seek an order of voluntary dismissal under Rule 41(a)(2).
“The purpose of Rule 41(a)(2) is primarily to prevent voluntary dismissals which unfairly affect the
other side.” Paulucci v. City of Duluth, 826 F.2d 780, 782 (8th Cir. 1987). When determining
whether to grant a Rule 41(a)(2) motion, a court should consider the plaintiff’s explanation for the
need to take a dismissal, the effort and expense put forth by the defendant in preparing for trial,
whether there has been excessive delay and a lack of diligence on the part of the plaintiff in
prosecuting the case, and whether the defendant has filed a motion for summary judgment. Id. at
783. See also Wizman v. Gross, 148 F.3d 988, 992 (8th Cir. 1998). District courts routinely impose
conditions when granting dismissals under Rule 41(a)(2), see, e.g., Belle-Midwest, Inc. v. Missouri
Property & Casualty Insurance Guarantee Association, 56 F.3d 977, 978-79 (8th Cir. 1995), and
unless the district court’s order specifies otherwise, the dismissal is without prejudice, see Fed. R.
Civ. P. 41(a)(2); Jaramillo, 59 F.3d at 79.
After due consideration, I find that the joint motion for dismissal should be granted in
accordance with the terms specified in the motion. Specifically, the complaint in intervention will
be dismissed with prejudice, and the plaintiff intervenors and GMT shall each bear their own
attorneys’ fees and costs. To be clear, the EEOC’s complaint, (ECF No. 1), is not dismissed, and
this action will proceed on that complaint.
In accordance with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 54(b), “the court may direct entry of a
final judgment as to one or more, but fewer than all, claims or parties only if the court expressly
determines that there is no just reason for delay.” In light of the settlement between the plaintiff
intervenors and GMT, I find that there is no just reason for delaying the entry of a final judgment as
to those parties.
IT IS ORDERED that the plaintiff intervenors’ and the defendant’s joint motion for
dismissal with prejudice, (ECF No. 41), is granted; the complaint in intervention, (ECF No. 19), is
dismissed with prejudice; and the plaintiff intervenors and the defendants shall each bear their own
attorneys’ fees and costs.
Dated September 4, 2012.
BY THE COURT
Warren K. Urbom
United States Senior District Judge
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