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The court won't dismiss the case for failure to prosecute until it sends notice to the plaintiff that it is going to do so. The court usually does that on it's own motion after a case has sat for several years with no activity. If you have filed an answer so you are protected from a default, you ought to consider just letting it sit an grow old. But that depends on the facts and how that might affect your ability to defend the suit.
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In Hawaii, they said that the court CAN dismiss it, but doesn't necessarily mean they will. It's been idle for 2 years. I'm in a unique circumstance where I am about to study abroad for a year outside the country Aug 22 2013 to Aug 22 2014. I am hoping this will not linger over my shoulder (maybe as soon as I turn in a temporary change of address, they will notice it's outside the country and try to push forward knowing I would default by not showing up to a hearing!).
If they have not filed a pretrial statement, and it's been idle for 2 years, what grounds can I have to dismiss the case?
If you are going to Taipei for a year, then I already answered this question, didn't I? Based on what you say here, you might be making a mistake to start proceedings for dismissal. now. Courts typically don't dismiss cases easily just because they've sat dormant for a long time. The judge is more likely to give the Plaintiff some time to file whatever it is they should have filed earlier.
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