Jermaine Antwan TART, Plaintiff - Appellant, v. Matthew Theodore JOHNS; Various John Does; Sergeant Eaton; Officer Smith; Officer Hickman; Officer Cappolla; Corporal Ferguson; Donald J. Pendolino; Dr. Rhoades; Nurse Swallis, Defendants - Appellees.
Decided: July 28, 2020
Before WILKINSON, MOTZ, and RICHARDSON, Circuit Judges.
Jermaine Antwan Tart, Appellant Pro Se.
Jermaine Antwan Tart seeks to appeal the district court's order accepting the recommendation of the magistrate judge, denying as moot Tart's motion for a preliminary injunction, and dismissing some, but not all, of the claims raised in his 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (2018) complaint. Under 28 U.S.C. § 1292(a)(1) (2018), this court has jurisdiction over the part of the district court's order denying a preliminary injunction. However, Tart has forfeited appellate review of this decision by not challenging it in his informal brief, see 4th Cir. R. 34(b); 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.”), and we therefore affirm this part of the district court's order.
Turning to the rest of the appeal, this court may exercise jurisdiction only over final orders, 28 U.S.C. § 1291, and certain interlocutory and collateral orders, 28 U.S.C. § 1292 (2018); Fed. R. Civ. P. 54(b); Cohen v. Beneficial Indus. Loan Corp., 337 U.S. 541, 545-46, 69 S.Ct. 1221, 93 L.Ed. 1528 (1949). The part of the order dismissing only some of Tart's claims is neither a final order nor an appealable interlocutory or collateral order. Accordingly, we dismiss this part of the appeal for lack of jurisdiction. 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.
AFFIRMED IN PART, DISMISSED IN PART
Affirmed in part and dismissed in part by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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