Voluntary Dismissal

Crushendo defines this key bar prep and civil procedure term.

What does voluntary dismissal mean?

voluntary dismissal – When a case ends at the plaintiff’s request, normally without prejudice. For example, plaintiffs can voluntarily dismiss a case once without prejudice without a court order if they file a notice of dismissal before the opposing side answers the complaint or motions for summary judgment, or if they file a stipulation of dismissal signed by all parties who have appeared.

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