S. Ben Barnes


This Note will demonstrate that a modified Federal Rule is the best rule for voluntary dismissal. First, this Note will survey the history of voluntary dismissal and the progression from the common law in England to the current Federal Rule. Second, this Note will discuss the abuses of the rule in Ohio and the need for change. Third, this Note will dissect the Ohio Rule and compare it alongside the Federal Rule. Fourth, this Note will examine possible alternatives. Finally, this Note will propose why a modification of the Federal Rule is the most practical answer to the abuses of voluntary dismissal.