Q What is the distinction between the dismissal of a lawsuit with prejudice versus one without prejudice?
A dismissal with prejudice means that the case has been dismissed by order of the court, and neither party may renew the action by filing another lawsuit thereafter for the same causes of action or claims of relief set forth in the case that was just dismissed.
A dismissal without prejudice allows the parties to renew the filing of the lawsuit after the case is dismissed.
However, if a case is dismissed after the statute of limitations has past, then the refiling of the action would time barred by the expiration of the statute of limitations resulting in the new lawsuit being dismissed by way of summary judgment.
Dismissals without prejudice may be based upon a number of reasons including, but not limited to, an attorney's noncompliance with a court order.
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