What better way to end the week than with the official Watchmen settlement documents submitted to the court this morning?
If you read the proposed order of dismissal, you might noticed that the parties are requesting for the case to be dismissed “with prejudice.” That does not mean, as some mistakenly believe, that the court is criticizing the plaintiff for bringing the case. Rather, it’s a legal term of art indicating that the plaintiff is barred from bringing a lawsuit on the same claim–in short, the parties have agreed that this case is over, once and for all.
Of course, there might be a dispute over whether the terms of the settlement are being met. Chances are, if the settlement is true to form, the parties have agreed to have any such dispute resolved through mediation.
The proposed dismissal order needs the judge’s signature, but today’s lighthearted hearing indicates that that is not likely to be a problem.
Though the judge is already anticipating a possible sequel:
“It may be over between the two of you,” said [Judge] Feess, “but who knows what else will show up one day?”