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June 30, 2008

Do you always want a quick victory?

Filed under: Legal — dknights @ 4:55 pm
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The recent Kentucky Court of Appeals decision in Whaley v. Whitaker suggest that the answer to that question is not always yes. The Whaley’s filed suit against Whitaker Bank. Whitaker filed a Motion to Dismiss under CR 12.02. The Whaley’s filed a Notice under Cr 41.01(1) to voluntarily dismiss their claim without prejudice. The trial court ruled for Whitaker on their CR 12.02 motion and dismissed the action with prejudice. The Plaintiff’s appealed. The Court of Appeals noted that the issue of whether the trial court can rule on any motion after a properly filed CR 41.01(1) notice is filed was a question that had not been answered in Kentucky. In looking at the equivalent rule in the Federal Civil Rules the Court of Appeals noted that there was a split among the Circuits on the issue. The Court of Appeals decided that once a proper CR41.01(1) notice is filed, the trial court loses jurisdiction to do anything else in the case, and thus the trial court in this case could not subsequently rule on the pending CR12.02 Motion to Dismiss.

The lesson of the case is that if you think you may have a sure winner based on the plaintiff’s complaint, you might want to go ahead and file an answer (which eliminates the plaintiff’s right to dismiss the action without prejudice pursuant toCR41.01(1)) and then file a motion for judgment on the pleadings or a motion for summary judgment.

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June 7, 2008

Another day in paradise

Filed under: Family — dknights @ 1:26 pm
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UPDATE: We are at Sunset Beach in Montego Bay.  See more on the resort here.

 

Well, still in Jamaica.  The modelwife is enjoying the vacation.

It is another beautiful day in paradise. Here is the view from our room at the resort.

The construction crane in the middle distance is working on a new resort being build next door.

Jamaica 2008

Filed under: Family — dknights @ 12:14 am
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The modelwife and modelchild and I have been in Jamaica.  It has been wonderful.  Here is a taste, more later.

These shots are from my MotoQ phone at a cafe above Montego Bay.

The weather has been great. more later.

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