United States District Court, M.D. Alabama, Northern Division
May 23, 2014
CHRISTOPHER M. KEISS, #287 263, Plaintiff,
COMMISSIONER KIM THOMAS, et al., Defendants.
RECOMMENDATION OF THE MAGISTRATE JUDGE
TERRY F. MOORER, Magistrate Judge.
On May 8, 2014, Plaintiff filed a motion to dismiss the complaint which the court considers a motion for voluntary dismissal without prejudice pursuant to Rule 41(a), Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Upon consideration of Plaintiff's motion to dismiss, the court concludes that the motion is due to be granted. Furthermore, the court concludes that this case should be dismissed without prejudice. See Rule 41(a)(2), Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
Dismissal without prejudice pursuant to Rule 41(a)(2), F.R.Civ.P., at the insistence of Plaintiff is committed to the sound discretion of this court, and absent some plain legal prejudice to Defendants, denial of the dismissal constitutes an abuse of this court's discretion. McCants v. Ford Motor Company, Inc., 781 F.2d 855 (11th Cir. 1986). Simple litigation costs, inconvenience to Defendants, and the prospect of a second or subsequent lawsuit do not constitute clear legal prejudice. Id . See also Durham v. Florida East Coast Railway Company, 385 F.2d 366 (5th Cir. 1967).
The court has carefully reviewed the file in this case and determined that even if Defendants were given an opportunity to file a response to Plaintiff's motion to dismiss, they would not be able to demonstrate the existence of clear legal prejudice. Consequently, the court concludes that this case should be dismissed without prejudice on the motion of Plaintiff.
Accordingly, it is the RECOMMENDATION of the Magistrate Judge that:
1. Plaintiff's Motion to Dismiss ( Doc. No. 24 ) be GRANTED.
2. This case be DISMISSED without prejudice.
3. No costs be taxed herein.
It is further
ORDERED that on or before June 9, 2014, the parties may file an objection to the Recommendation. Any objection filed must specifically identify the findings in the Magistrate Judge's Recommendation to which a party objects. Frivolous, conclusive or general objections will not be considered by the District Court. The parties are advised this Recommendation is not a final order and, therefore, it is not appealable.
Failure to file a written objection to the proposed findings and advisements in the Magistrate Judge's Recommendation shall bar the party from a de novo determination by the District Court of issues covered in the Recommendation and shall bar the party from attacking on appeal factual findings in the Recommendation accepted or adopted by the District Court except upon grounds of plain error or manifest injustice. Nettles v. Wainwright, 677 F.2d 404 (5th Cir. 1982). See Stein v. Reynolds Securities, Inc., 667 F.2d 33 (11th Cir. 1982). See also Bonner v. City of Prichard, 661 F.2d 1206 (11th Cir. 1981) ( en banc ), adopting as binding precedent all of the decisions of the former Fifth Circuit handed down prior to the close of business on September 30, 1981.