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Dismissal With Prejudice

Definition - What does Dismissal With Prejudice mean?

Dismissal with prejudice refers to the dismissal of a case, resulting in said case being completely thrown out, unable of being heard again in a court of law. As a result, the plaintiff in the case may never again bring the same cause(s) of action against the defendant, because this would cause double jeopardy.

Justipedia explains Dismissal With Prejudice

United States courts have the power to dismiss a case with prejudice for a number of reasons. For example, a court can dismiss a case with prejudice because a) the statute of limitations has passed; b) the particular cause of action has no merit or was brought in bad faith; or c) because the plaintiff is only bringing forth causes of action in order to annoy, frustrate, or worry the defendant. When a case has been dismissed with prejudice, it can be appealed only under certain circumstances.

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