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Rule 41 Not Proper Method to Dismiss Particular Claims

What is the proper procedure for voluntarily dismissing a count in a civil action? This question is not explicitly answered by the text of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The Eleventh Circuit offered a tutorial in Perry v. Schumacher Group of Louisiana, 2018 WL 2473721 (11th Cir. June 4, 2018), making clear that Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(a)(1)(A) is not an available mechanism for...

Appeal time runs from stipulation of dismissal filing—not subsequent order

Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(a)(1)(A)(ii) provides that an action may be dismissed, without a court order, by filing “a stipulation of dismissal signed by all parties who have appeared.” Almost invariably, however, district courts respond to the filing of a stipulation of dismissal with their own order of dismissal, as if to make the dismissal official.  In Love v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2017 WL...