What does it mean when you receive a court document dismissing the within matter “without prejudice”?

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What does it mean when you receive a court document dismissing the within matter “without prejudice”?

We have been paying the debt for 2 years. I am on SSD and they were suppose to also stop the interest. Which didn’t happen. We were lied to.

Asked on December 1, 2011 under Bankruptcy Law, Colorado

Answers:

S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

A dismissal WITHOUT prejudice means the case has been dismissed, but it can be reinstated in the future.

This is in contrast to a dismissal WITH prejudice which means the case has been dismissed and cannot be reinstated in the future.

You also want to look at the dismissal without prejudice you received to see if it applies to all causes of action (claims) or only some of the causes of action (claims) in the lawsuit.  If it just says "within matter" as you mentioned and doesn't specify the particular causes of action, then it is probably referring to all causes of action (claims) in the lawsuit being dismissed.

 


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