Having an experienced insurance law attorney is vital. Otherwise you can end up with a situation that occurred in the Eastern District of Texas, Sherman Division. The case is styled, Mike and Jacqueline Sanchez v. Safeco Insurance of Indiana.
The Sanchez’s filed a Motion to Dismiss Without Prejudice. In other words, the Sanchez wished to dismiss their lawsuit against Safeco. However, by filing the motion “without prejudice” would allow them to refiled the lawsuit against Safeco. For this reason, Safeco contested the motion.
The United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recognizes that as a general rule, motions for voluntary dismissal should be freely granted unless the non-moving party will suffer some plain legal prejudice other than the mere prospect of a second lawsuit. The primary purpose of Rule 41(a)(2) is to prevent voluntary dismissals which unfairly affect the other side, and to permit the imposition of curative conditions.