United States District Court, S.D. Alabama, Southern Division
December 29, 2014
BARNEY M. WATSON, et al., Plaintiffs,
TELEDYNE TECHNOLOGIES INCORPORATED PENSION PLAN, et al., Defendants.
WILLIAM H. STEELE, Chief District Judge.
In accordance with the parties' joint stipulation, (Doc. 43), all claims against defendant Continental Motors Pension Plan ("Continental") are dismissed without prejudice, each party to bear its own costs and attorney's fees. See Oswalt v. Scripto, Inc., 616 F.2d 191, 194-95 (5th Cir. 1980) (Rule 41(a)(1) governs dismissal of a single defendant).
The parties' "stipulation of dismissal as to Count II" of the complaint, (Doc. 42), in contrast, is ineffective to accomplish dismissal. While Rule 41(a)(1) can be used to dismiss all claims against less than all defendants, it cannot be used to dismiss less than all claims against a defendant. Klay v. United Healthgroup, Inc., 376 F.3d 1092, 1106 (11th Cir. 2004) ("Rule 41 allows a plaintiff to dismiss all of his claims against a particular defendant; its text does not permit plaintiffs to pick and choose, dismissing only particular claims within an action."). The problem is the same when dismissal is sought by motion under Rule 41(a)(2). Id. The proper means of dismissing less than all claims against a single defendant is by amended complaint. Id. The plaintiffs are thus ordered to file and serve, on or before January 12, 2015, either an amended complaint eliminating Count II or an acknowledgment that the remaining defendants' motion to dismiss, (Doc. 33), is due to be granted as to Count II.
DONE and ORDERED.