Voluntary Dismissal

10/26/2016
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 

FOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF IOWA 

CENTRAL DIVISION 

 

 

Fort Des Moines Church of Christ, a 

nonprofit religious corporation, 

 

Plaintiff, 

v. 

 

 

Angela Jackson, Patricia Lipski, Mathew 

Hosford, Tom Conley, Douglas 

Oelschlaeger, Lily Lijun Hou, and Lawrence 

Cunningham, each in his or her official 

capacity as Commissioners of the Iowa Civil 

Rights Commission; Kristin H. Johnson, in 

her official capacity as the Executive 

Director of the Iowa Civil Rights 

Commission; Tom Miller, in his capacity as 

the Attorney General of the state of Iowa; 

and the City of Des Moines, Iowa, 

 

Defendants. 

 

Case No. 4:16-cv-00403-SMR-CFB 

 

NOTICE OF VOLUNTARY DISMISSAL 

PURSUANT TO FED. R. CIV. P. 41(a)(1) 

AND LOCAL RULE 41(a)(1) 

 

 

Pursuant to FED. R. CIV. P. 41(a)(1) and Local Rule 41(a)(1), Plaintiff Fort Des Moines 

Church of Christ hereby gives notice that this action is voluntarily dismissed, without prejudice. 

 

1. On July 4, 2016, the Plaintiff filed a Verified Complaint for Declaratory and 

Injunctive Relief, Dkt. No. 1. 

2. Defendants have not answered the complaint nor filed a motion for summary 

judgment. 

 

 

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3. FED. R. CIV. P. 41(a)(1)(A)(i) and Local Rule 41(a)(1) both provide that if the 

opposing party has not yet served either an answer to the complaint or a motion for summary 

judgment, the plaintiff may voluntarily dismiss its case without a court order by filing a notice of 

dismissal. 

4. The Court’s October 14, 2016 Order, Dkt. No. 37, established that Plaintiff Fort 

Des Moines Church of Christ’s services, activities, and events to which it invites the public, as 

described in its Verified Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief, are exempt from 

Iowa’s public accommodations law. See Iowa Code § 216.7. The District Court stated in 

pertinent part: “Plaintiff is dissimilar to other entities that have been found to be subject to the 

statute, … state and federal courts have held that churches and programs they host are not places 

of public accommodation”, and “[o]n the current facts, Plaintiff has not shown that the 

challenged laws would ever apply to its conduct.” See Dkt. No. 37, p. 37 and p. 39. 

5. Furthermore, the Court ruled that pursuant to Iowa Code § 216.2(13) “receiv[ing] 

[a] government support or subsidy … is a prerequisite to being a public accommodation based on 

an offer of gratuitous services to the public.” See Order, Dkt. No. 37, p.15 n.4. Because Plaintiff 

offers its services to the public gratuitously and does not receive government support or subsidy, 

it is not subject to the public accommodations law. 

6. Plaintiff hereby gives notice of voluntary dismissal. 

7. Therefore, this action should be dismissed without prejudice. 

DATED: This 26th day of October, 2016. 

 

 

 

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Respectfully submitted, 

 

/s/ Steven O’Ban 

Steven O’Ban* 

Erik Stanley* 

Jeremy Tedesco* 

ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM 

15100 N 90th Street 

Scottsdale, AZ 85260 

Tel.: 480-444-0020 

Fax: 480-444-0028 

soban@ADFlegal.org

 

 Christiana Holcomb* 

ALLIANCE DEFENDING FREEDOM 

440 First Street NW, Suite 600 

Washington, D.C. 20001 

Tel.: 202-393-8690 

 

Not licensed in DC 

Practice limited to federal court 

 

Timm Reid 

300 Walnut Street, Suite 5 

Des Moines, IA 50309 

Tel.: 800-217-9312 

TReid@galliganlaw.com 

 

Attorneys for Plaintiff 

 

*Admitted pro hac vice 

 

 

 

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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE 

 

 

I hereby certify that on, I electronically filed the foregoing paper with the Clerk of Court 

by using the CM/ECF system. 

 

All participants in the case are registered CM/ECF users and will be served by the 

CM/ECF system. 

 

Date: October 26, 2016 

 

/s/ Steven O’Ban 

Steven O’Ban