ORDER RE NOTICE OF VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL
(ECF No. 13)
STANLEY A. BOONE, Magistrate Judge.
On May 23, 2017, Plaintiff filed a notice of settlement informing the Court that the parties have reached settlement resolving this action. (ECF No. 11.) On May 24, 2017, the Court ordered the parties to file dispositional documents on or before June 23, 2017. (ECF No. 12.) On June 8, 2017, Plaintiff filed a notice of voluntary dismissal, in which Plaintiff seeks to dismiss this action with prejudice in its entirety pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(1)(A)(i). (ECF No. 13.)
"[U]nder Rule 41(a)(1)(A)(i), `a plaintiff has an absolute right to voluntarily dismiss his action prior to service by the defendant of an answer or a motion for summary judgment.'"
However, in this action, all defendants have filed answers. (ECF Nos. 9, 10.) Therefore, Plaintiff cannot voluntarily dismiss this action pursuant to Rule 41(A)(1)(A)(i).
Plaintiff can dismiss this action without a court order pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(1)(A)(ii), which provides that a "plaintiff may dismiss an action without a court order by filing a stipulation of dismissal signed by all parties who have appeared."
Plaintiff can seek to dismiss this action by court order pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(2), which permits a plaintiff to dismiss an action pursuant to a court order and on terms that the court considers proper. A motion for voluntary dismissal under Rule 41(a)(2) is addressed to the sound discretion of the district court.
Accordingly, it is HEREBY ORDERED that the parties shall file dispositional documents in compliance with the Court's May 24, 2017 order on or before June 23, 2017.
IT IS SO ORDERED.