Dismiss with prejudice vs dismiss without prejudice?

Asked over 1 year ago - Mountain View, CA

What is the different between dismiss with prejudice vs dismiss without prejudice in small claim court ?

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  1. Rixon Charles Rafter III

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . dismiss with prejudice-the claimant has NO privilege to refile the case. Its done.

    dismiss without prejudice--the case has been set aside, but the plaintiff MAY open another suit on the same claim (a do over).

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  2. Bradley D. Harville

    Contributor Level 13


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    Answered . One additional consideration which is very important: a dismissal without prejudice can operate in the same fashion as a dismissal with prejudice -- i.e., it can bar any subsequent lawsuit -- if the statute of limitations has run in which to refile the same cause of action.

  3. Frank Wei-Hong Chen

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . A lawsuit in California can either be dismissed either “with prejudice" or “without prejudice”.

    When a request for dismissal with prejudice is filed, the term “with prejudice” means the plaintiff’s right of action is terminated and may not be revived. (Roybal v. University Ford (1989) 207 Cal.App.3d 1080, 1086-1087; Torrey Pines Bank v. Superior Court (1989) 216 Cal.App.3d 813, 820-821.) It determines the issues in the case and precludes the dismissing party from litigating those matters a second time.

    If the case is dismissed without prejudice, so long as the same claims are not barred by the statute of limitations, the plaintiff can refile the same case again.

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  4. Brandy Ann Peeples


    Contributor Level 19


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    Answered . Dismiss with Prejudice = the case can never be refiled.

    Dismiss without Prejudice = the case can be brought again.

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  5. Martin Arthur Kahan

    Contributor Level 2


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    Answered . Dismiss with prejudice means that the matter can be litigated again. Without prejudice means that the court can address the issue in the future.

  6. Victoria L Clemans


    Contributor Level 14


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    Answered . This is a very good question. I even believe that some lawyers don't know what it means! Dismissing without prejudice means the case can be refiled. Dismissing with prejudice means it cannot be re-filed, ever. If you are the plaintiff, obtaining a dismissal without prejudice is a good result because it means you get another bite at the apple. LAW OFFICES OF VICTORIA CLEMANS, OWNER. (310) 803-9111

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