UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
September 15, 2010
JEFFREY MICK, AS SPECIAL ADMINISTRATOR OF THE ESTATE OF DOROTHY MICK, DECEASED, PLAINTIFF,
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, ON BEHALF OF ITS AGENCY, THE FARM SERVICE AGENCY, F/K/A FARMERS HOME ADMINISTRATION, DEFENDANT.
The opinion of the court was delivered by: J. Phil Gilbert District Judge
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
This matter comes before the Court on Special Administrator Jeffrey Mick's Motion to Voluntarily Dismiss (Doc. 11) without prejudice. Mick presumably filed this motion in response to the Government's Motion to Dismiss (Doc. 7) and the Court's Memorandum and Order (Doc. 8) to show cause. The Court notes that said show cause order required a response from Mick by September 10, however, Mick did not file the instant motion until September 14. The Court admonishes Mick that blatant disregard for the Court's clearly established deadlines will not be tolerated in the future.
Nevertheless, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(1)(A)(i), a plaintiff has an absolute right to dismiss an action without a court order at any time before an adverse party serves either an answer or a motion for summary judgment, whichever first occurs.
Here, the Government has yet to file an answer or a motion for summary judgment. As such, the Court acknowledges that the case is at an end and DIRECTS the Clerk of Court to close the file accordingly. IT IS SO ORDERED.
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