Dragonlance Dragonlance Lawsuit Dismissed Without Prejudice

The recent lawsuit brought against D&D publishers Wizards of the Coast by Dragonlance authors Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman has been voluntarily dismissed without prejudice. When a lawsuit is dismissed with prejudice, it means that the plaintiff cannot bring the issue back to court. When -- as in this case -- it is dismissed without prejudice, the plaintiff can try again. In this case it...

The recent lawsuit brought against D&D publishers Wizards of the Coast by Dragonlance authors Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman has been voluntarily dismissed without prejudice.

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When a lawsuit is dismissed with prejudice, it means that the plaintiff cannot bring the issue back to court. When -- as in this case -- it is dismissed without prejudice, the plaintiff can try again.

In this case it was voluntarily dismissed by Weis & Hickman. We can only guess why; perhaps a settlement occurred? In any case, Margaret Weis tweeted, thanking people for their support, and hinting at exciting news to come.

"Pursuant to Rule 41(a)(1)(A)(i) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Plaintiff Margaret Weis, LLC and Tracy Hickman hereby gives notice that the above-captioned action is voluntarily dismissed as to Wizards of the Coast LLC, without prejudice. Defendant Wizards of the Coast LLC has not filed an answer or motion for summary judgment, no proceedings or discovery have been undertaken as to these claims, and this action is not subject to any federal statute which would preclude the dismissal of this action under Rule 41(a)(1)(A)(i)."


 

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I wish both sides can agree a deal and together "bury the hatchet" (to make peace).

The reconciliation is the best option. WotC has a lot to win if they can use MW&TH as hooks to promote the revival of the IP.

My suggestion? MW&TH creating a new world with total creative freedom, something like a spiritual succesor. If this project works, then WotC buys it as a new D&D world.

Dragonlance could be again one of the most important fantasy franchises in the entertaiment industry. The cartoon movie failed, but it still deserves a second opportunity in the jump to the screen adaptation.
 

Dausuul

Legend
So Margaret voluntarily withdrew the case? Am I reading the linked attachment correctly? If so sounds like they came to an agreement with WOTC.
It sure sounds like a settlement was reached. I'm not a lawyer, and it's possible the language means something else in legalese than it does in English, but I can't imagine why Weis would be tweeting about "exciting news" if the news was "the judge threw our case out of court."
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
It sure sounds like a settlement was reached. I'm not a lawyer, and it's possible the language means something else in legalese than it does in English, but I can't imagine why Weis would be tweeting about "exciting news" if the news was "the judge threw our case out of court."
It says “voluntarily dismissed”. That’s not thrown out of court.
 

I wish both sides can agree a deal and together "bury the hatchet" (to make peace).

The reconciliation is the best option. WotC has a lot to win if they can use MW&TH as hooks to promote the revival of the IP.

My suggestion? MW&TH creating a new world with total creative freedom, something like a spiritual succesor. If this project works, then WotC buys it as a new D&D world.

Dragonlance could be again one of the most important fantasy franchises in the entertaiment industry. The cartoon movie failed, but it still deserves a second opportunity in the jump to the screen adaptation.
"If this project works."

Why would they work and labor on creating a new world in the hopes of it being bought and sold as a D&D world? Without a guarantee, that's a lot of work and effort and labor for potentially nothing.
 


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