Felisa L. ARTIS, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY, Defendant-Appellee.
Decided: December 19, 2019
Before KING, FLOYD, and HARRIS, Circuit Judges.
Felisa L. Artis, Appellant Pro Se. Joel Eric Wilson, Assistant United States Attorney, OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY, Norfolk, Virginia, for Appellee.
Felisa L. Artis appeals the district court's order dismissing without prejudice her medical malpractice action for failure to prosecute, pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(b).* On appeal, we confine our review to the issues raised in the Appellant's brief. See 4th Cir. R. 34(b). Because Artis' informal brief does not challenge the basis for the district court's disposition, Artis has forfeited appellate review of the court's order. See Jackson v. Lightsey, 775 F.3d 170, 177 (4th Cir. 2014) (“The informal brief is an important document; under Fourth Circuit rules, our review is limited to issues preserved in that brief.”). Accordingly, we affirm the district court's judgment. 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. We have jurisdiction over this appeal under Goode v. Cent. Va. Legal Aid Soc'y, Inc., 807 F.3d 619, 624 (4th Cir. 2015), because the district court dismissed the complaint “for procedural reasons unrelated to the contents of the pleadings.”
Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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