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United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

Bernadette NELSON-ROGERS, Plaintiff - Appellant, v. KAISER PERMANENTE, Defendant - Appellee.

No. 20-1703

Decided: January 21, 2021

Before AGEE, WYNN, and DIAZ, Circuit Judges. Bernadette Nelson-Rogers, Appellant Pro Se. Rafael Eloy Morell, LAW OFFICES OF RAFAEL E. MORELL, PLLC, Washington, D.C., for Appellee.

Bernadette Nelson-Rogers seeks to appeal the district court's order granting Defendant's motion for summary judgment and dismissing her civil action alleging employment discrimination. We dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction because the notice of appeal was not timely filed.

In civil cases, parties have 30 days after the entry of the district court's final judgment or order to note an appeal, Fed. R. App. P. 4(a)(1)(A), 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 entered its order on February 25, 2020. Nelson-Rogers filed the notice of appeal on June 25, 2020. Because Nelson-Rogers failed to file a timely notice of appeal or to obtain an extension or reopening of the appeal period, we grant Defendant's motion to dismiss and 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.



FOOTNOTE.   On April 10, 2020, the district court issued a standing order, affording litigants an 84-day filing extension in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See Standing Order 2020-7 Regarding Court Operations under the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19, No. 1:00-mc-00308 (D. Md. April 10, 2020). However, even if the filing extension is applied to Nelson-Rogers’ case, her notice of appeal is still untimely, as the order extended the appeal period until June 19, 2020, and she filed her notice of appeal on June 25, 2020.


Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.

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