The dismissal with prejudice was proper since the plaintiff did not specify the nature of the dismissal and the court acted within its discretion in interpreting the waiver of costs requested as a trade-off for dismissal with prejudice; usually costs are assessed on a dismissal without prejudice.
The district court did not abuse its discretion in denying the Rule 59(e) motion. Although the plaintiff said his main concern was the difficulty of proceeding without counsel, his letter concerning dismissal mentioned other factors, and the court could conclude that counsel was not the issue. See: Babcock v. McDaniel, 148 F.3d 797 (7th Cir. 1998).
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|Cite||148 F.3d 797 (7th Cir. 1998)|
|Level||Court of Appeals|