ROBERT CLARK v. JOHN WERTHER, ET AL. - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Sep 28, 2016

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Robert L. Clark, Nashville, Tennessee, appellant, pro se.

Attorneys 2:

Mark E. Nichols, Lexington, Kentucky, and Marty R. Phillips and Ashley D. Cleek, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellees, Dr. John Werther, Oral & Facial Surgery Group, P.C., Dr. Keven West, and Oral & Maxillofacial Group of Nashville.

R. Dale Bay, Janet S. Hayes, and John Craig Howell, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Dr. Daniel Price and Endodontic Associates, P.A.

Wendy L. Longmire, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Dr. Joseph Wiggs. Timothy G. Wehner, Jackson, Tennessee, for the appellee Keith Thetford, D.D.S.

Phillip North and Renee Levay Stewart, for the appellees, Mark Deaton, M.D. and Otolaryngology Associates of Tennessee, P.C.

Steven E. Anderson, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Vanderbilt University, Dr. William Serafin, Dr. Steen Evelhoch, Dr. Sean Young, and Dr. John Ross.

Peter Robison, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Dr. Clayton Cummings.

Dulin Kelly, Hendersonville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Dr. Harry Lehrer.

Gail Vaughn Ashworth, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Dr. Laurel Brown.

John F. Floyd, Nashville, Tennessee, for the appellees, Dr. Jeffrey Bressman, D.D.S. and Glenbrook Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Ltd.

Judge(s): DINKINS

The plaintiff, acting pro se, filed a complaint in this health care liability action without attaching a certificate of good faith. Several defendants filed motions to dismiss based on the missing certificate. The plaintiff responded to the motions and filed a notice of voluntary nonsuit. Some of the defendants objected to the voluntary dismissal, arguing the complaint should be dismissed with prejudice. The trial court dismissed the plaintiff's claims against the non-objecting defendants without prejudice but dismissed the plaintiff's claims against the objecting defendants with prejudice. The plaintiff appealed all of the court's dismissal orders on numerous grounds. Upon review, we conclude that Rule 41.01 of the Tennessee Rules of Civil Procedure afforded the plaintiff the right to a voluntary dismissal without prejudice as to all defendants. Accordingly, we affirm in part, reverse in part, and remand to the trial court for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.

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