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avoiding all puns about putrid clothing, this case was initiated last year this month and no communication or action has taken place since my response to interogatories in Sept 2012.  The question now is how long can this remain on the books without any action before I can file a motion to dismiss, and what technical grounds do I cite for the dismissal.  I've read through the Oklahoma laws on civil procedures, but there is no mention of dismissal based on inactivity.

 

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Civil Procedure of the State of Oklahoma.

http://www.oklegislature.gov/osstatuestitle.html title 12

A. Any action under the Small Claims Procedure Act which is not at issue and in which no pleading has been filed or other action taken for one (1) year and in which no motion has been pending during any part of the year shall be dismissed without prejudice by the court on its own motion after notice to the parties or their attorneys of record; providing, the court may, upon written application and for good cause shown by order in writing, allow the action to remain on its docket.

B. If service of process under the Small Claims Procedure Act is not made upon a defendant within one hundred eighty (180) days after the filing of the affidavit, the action shall be deemed to have been dismissed without prejudice as to that defendant. The action shall not be deemed to have been dismissed where a summons was served on the defendant within one hundred eighty (180) days after the filing of the affidavit and a court later holds that the summons or its service was invalid. After a court quashes a summons or its service, a new summons may be served on the defendant within a time specified by the judge. If the new summons is not served within the specified time, the action shall be deemed to have been dismissed without prejudice as to that defendant. This subsection shall not apply with respect to a defendant who has been in a foreign country for one hundred eighty (180) days following the filing of the affidavit.

Added by Laws 1989, c. 195, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 1989.

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