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Plaintiff withdrew Motion for Summary Judgment. What affect does it have?

Mount Laurel, NJ |
Filed under: Litigation

I was all prepared to defend my opposition to the plaintiff's summary judgment on the trial date. But in court, the plaintiff immediately withdrew the motion. Gave no reason. No fight necessary on my part.

The plaintiff probably withdrew the motion because the affidavit and some of the supporting documentation had nothing to do with the case at hand. Big, crazy mistake I guess. They would have surely lost.

Here's my question.

Could I legally reference any of the documents contained in that motion as evidence in a DIFFERENT case - but with the same plaintiff and defendant? Does withdrawing the motion effectively & legally withdraw from the record any document attached to that motion?

Is there some other way to get it into evidence for the new case? Hope this makes sense.

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  1. Best answer

    To add to my colleague's response, please note that parties cannot take inconsistent factual positions in court due to the doctrine of judicial estoppel, and you may be able to exploit inconsistencies as may be appropriate.

    I'll also add 2 comments: at least a couple of things are terribly wrong in terms of wasting time and judicial resources when there are 2 separate lawsuits between the same parties, and one of them files a motion for summary judgment but then withdraws it before the hearing.

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  2. I think that you are suggesting that there was documentary evidence or an affidavit from either plaintiff or some witness that was submitted to the court as part of plaintiff's motion for summary judgment, If that is the case, you may use such documents in a different case as proof of the plaintiff's admission as to any particular state of facts.

    The withdrawal of the motion only gets rid of the motion; it does not undo what was said.

    Good luck to you.

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