The opinion of the court was delivered by: JAMES McCLURE, Senior District Judge
The court has been presented with a stipulation whereby
plaintiff, Norma Knopf, individually and as administratrix of the
estate of Paul Knopf, deceased, dismisses without prejudice the
following named defendants from this litigation: the New Piper
Aircraft, Inc., Piper Aircraft Corporation, now known as the New
Piper Aircraft, Inc., and Piper Aircraft Corporation irrevocable
trust (the "Piper Aircraft Defendants"). The stipulation states
various conditions and was presented to the court with the
implied request that it be adopted as an Order of Court.
The stipulation itself does not state whether it is filed under
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(1) or 41(a)(2). If intended to be under
Rule 41(a)(1)(ii) it would need to be signed by all parties who
appeared in the action, and if that requirement was satisfied,
the stipulation would not then require the approval of the court.
However, none of the other parties who have appeared in the
action has either signed the stipulation or concurred in the
request for approval by the court.
The court must therefore assume that it is submitted under Rule
41(a)(2), but it is defective as a motion for an order of court
as it does not comply with LR 7.1 of the Local Rules of the
United States District Court for the Middle District of
Pennsylvania: the motion does not contain a certification by
counsel for the movant that he or she has sought concurrence in
the motion by each party, and that it has been either given or
The court is further confused by the statement in the fourth
paragraph of the stipulation that "the within dismissal without
prejudice will not count as a dismissal under any circumstances
as to any of the parties herein as a dismissal for the purposes
of Rule 41(a)(1)(i) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure or
any similar state court rule and/or similar statute". It would
appear that the intended reference was to Rule 41(a)(1)(ii)
rather than to Rule 41(a)(1)(i).
While the stipulation may be meritorious, the court will not
enter an order approving it absent concurrence by all parties who appeared in
the action; or, absent such concurrence, without the filing of a
motion fully briefed. See LR 7.5, 7.6 and 7.7.
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED THAT:
1. The clerk is directed to file and docket the stipulation.
2. The implied request that the stipulation be adopted as an
order of court is denied.
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