IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE EASTERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
November 15, 2011
BECKY LOPEZ, PLAINTIFF,
M.V. TRANSPORTATION INCORPORATED, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Kendall J. Newman United States Magistrate Judge
On November 14, 2011, plaintiff filed a handwritten notice seeking to dismiss this action as a result of a settlement reached by the parties (Dkt. No. 39).*fn1 The notice does not indicate whether the desired dismissal should be with or without prejudice. Additionally, the notice is not signed by defendant's counsel or representative.
Because defendant has already filed an answer in this case (Dkt. No. 19), plaintiff is not entitled to unilaterally dismiss this case without a court order pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(1)(A)(i). Moreover, plaintiff's notice does not constitute a stipulation of dismissal pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(1)(A)(ii) because it is not signed by defendant. Accordingly, plaintiff must obtain a "court order, on terms that the court considers proper," in order to effect the voluntary dismissal of this action pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(2). By this order, the undersigned directs defendant to respond to plaintiff's motion for dismissal of the action.
Accordingly, IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that:
1. Within 14 days of the date of this order, defendant shall file a response to plaintiff's request for voluntary dismissal of this action that indicates: (1) defendant's view regarding whether the dismissal should be with or without prejudice, and (2) whether defendant seeks the imposition of any appropriate conditions on the dismissal sought by plaintiff. After receiving defendant's response, the undersigned will recommend the dismissal of this action on proper terms.
2. Alternatively, within 14 days of the date of this order, the parties may file a stipulation of dismissal as provided in Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(1)(A)(ii), which would effectuate the immediate dismissal of this case without a court order.
IT IS SO ORDERED.