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What does 'order entered granting a motion for dismissal for failure to prosecute' mean to the defendant in a traffic accident lawsuit?

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2006-12-19 02:57:42

Basically it means the judge has dismissed (refused to hear,

"thrown out") that specific case. The reason for dismissal is most

likely that the case was not brought in a timely fashion or before

the statute of limitations had expired. Although it could be

related to criminal charges as well as the civil suit. There can be

no definite assessment without having knowledge of the entire

lawsuit and/or other pending related action. Please be advised the

ruling may or may not indicate that the suit is no longer valid and

cannot be refiled. The best option for the defendant is to discuss

the matter with legal counsel or obtain legal advice as soon as


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