Before MOTZ, AGEE, and QUATTLEBAUM, Circuit Judges.
Phillip O'Briant, Petitioner Pro Se.
Phillip O'Briant petitions for a writ of mandamus, contending the district court erroneously dismissed his civil complaint and returned his post-judgment pleadings. “[M]andamus is a drastic remedy that must be reserved for extraordinary situations.” In re Murphy-Brown, LLC, 907 F.3d 788, 795 (4th Cir. 2018) (internal quotation marks and citations omitted). “Courts provide mandamus relief only when (1) petitioner ‘ha[s] no other adequate means to attain the relief [he] desires’; (2) petitioner has shown a ‘clear and indisputable’ right to the requested relief; and (3) the court deems the writ ‘appropriate under the circumstances.’ ” Id. (quoting Cheney v. U.S. Dist. Court, 542 U.S. 367, 380-81, 124 S.Ct. 2576, 159 L.Ed.2d 459 (2004) ). The writ of mandamus is not a substitute for appeal. Will v. United States, 389 U.S. 90, 97, 88 S.Ct. 269, 19 L.Ed.2d 305 (1967); In re Lockheed Martin Corp., 503 F.3d 351, 353 (4th Cir. 2007). We conclude that O'Briant fails to show that he is entitled to mandamus relief. Accordingly, although we grant him leave to proceed in forma pauperis, we deny his petition for a writ of mandamus.* We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before this court and argument would not aid the decisional process.
FOOTNOTE. Alternatively, to the extent that any of O'Briant’s post-judgment pleadings were sufficient to provide notice of his intent to appeal the district court's orders under Fed. R. App. P. 3, we have reviewed the record and find no reversible error. Accordingly, we affirm the district court's orders. See O'Briant v. Bana, No. 1:18-cv-02736-GJH (D. Md., Sept. 11, 2018; filed Sept. 25, 2018, entered Sept. 26, 2018; Oct. 9, 2018).
Petition denied by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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