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United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

Randy L. THOMAS, and as Father, Next of Friend, Natural Guardian, and on behalf of A.T.T., Plaintiff-Appellant, v. Ronald L. CHAPMAN, In his Official and Personal Capacity; Christy T. Mann, In her Official and Personal Capacity; George E. Battle, III, In his Official and Personal Capacity; Barry Bowe, In his Official and Personal Capacity; United States Department of Education; McDowell Street Center for Family Law Inc.; Donna J. Jackson, In her Official and Personal Capacity; Aida Correa, a/k/a Aida Correa Vazquez, a/k/a Aida Correa Velez; Graham C. Mullen, In his Official and Personal Capacity; John and Jane Does 1-50, In their Official and Personal Capacity; State of North Carolina; Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, Defendants-Appellees.

No. 17-2185

Decided: January 22, 2018

Before GREGORY, Chief Judge, and SHEDD and HARRIS, Circuit Judges. Randy L. Thomas, Appellant Pro Se. Daniel William Clark, THARRINGTON SMITH LLP, Raleigh, North Carolina; G. Norman Acker, III, Assistant United States Attorney, OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY, Raleigh, North Carolina, for Appellees.

Randy L. Thomas seeks to appeal the district court's order denying his motion “Vacating/Denial/Dismissal/Discharge of IV-D case.” We dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction because the notice of appeal was not timely filed.

When the United States or its officer or agency is a party, the notice of appeal must be filed no more than 60 days after the entry of the district court's final judgment or order, Fed. R. App. P. 4(a)(1)(B), unless the district court extends the appeal period under Fed. R. App. P. 4(a)(5), or reopens the appeal period under Fed. R. App. P. 4(a)(6). “[T]he timely filing of a notice of appeal in a civil case is a jurisdictional requirement.” Bowles v. Russell, 551 U.S. 205, 214, 127 S.Ct. 2360, 168 L.Ed.2d 96 (2007).

The district court's order was entered on the docket on August 7, 2017. The notice of appeal was filed on October 10, 2017. Because Thomas failed to file a timely notice of appeal or to obtain an extension or reopening of the appeal period, we dismiss the appeal. 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.



Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.

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