I was sued for a debt in 2011. I was able to defend and it was dismissed by the plaintiff without prejudice. In December of 2015, I was sued again for the same debt but through a different law firm. I may be able to have this one dismissed as well. Were they permitted to sue me again and if this one is dismissed, could they sue me again in the future?
"Dismissed without prejudice" means the case was dismissed for a reason unrelated to the merits of the case, for example, a voluntary dismissal by the plaintiff. Ohio normally allows a plaintiff to dismiss a case without prejudice right up until the trial starts. The plaintiff does not have to get the judge's permission. I had a case a few years ago where my opponent walked into the courthouse on the morning of trial, filed the notice of dismissal, and left. Usually the plaintiff's lawyer will have the courtesy to do this a little sooner so the judge does not have to summon a jury for nothing. There is normally only one "free" dismissal but there are exceptions. Also there might be a statute of limitations problem after the second dismissal. Contact a litigation lawyer through Avvo, preferably a lawyer who is board-certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. NBTAlawyers.org
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