IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
February 18, 2011
LIBERTY SAVINGS BANK, FSB, PLAINTIFF,
MALCOLM S. SWOGGER,
LISA M. SWOGGER, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS, DEFENDANTS. -
The opinion of the court was delivered by: Herndon, Chief Judge:
HERNDON, Chief Judge:
Plaintiff has filed an amended Motion to Voluntarily Dismiss Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. Pro. 41 (Doc. 7) its complaint against Defendants, stating that a cause of action no longer exists. Plaintiff therefore asks the Court to dismiss the action without prejudice. The Court observes that Defendants have not yet filed an answer or motion for summary judgment in this matter. FEDERAL RULE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE 41(a)(1)(A) provides, "[t]he plaintiff may dismiss an action without a court order by filing: (i) a notice of dismissal before the opposing party serves either an answer or a motion for summary judgment; or (ii) a stipulation of dismissal signed by all parties who have appeared." Because Defendants have not served an answer or motion for summary judgment, dismissal as of right pursuant to RULE 41(a)(1)(A)(i) is proper.
The Court hereby ACKNOWLEDGES Plaintiff's Motion to Voluntarily Dismiss Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. Pro. 41 (Doc. 7) and orders this case be DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE. The Clerk is directed to close the file.
IT IS SO ORDERED.
Signed this 18th day of February, 2011.
David R. Herndon Chief Judge United States District Court
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