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United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit.

Arnett THOMAS, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. Robert LUCKING; Nogo, Dr.; Charlotte Medical Center, Defendants-Appellees.

No. 20-7019

Decided: January 21, 2021

Before AGEE, WYNN, and DIAZ, Circuit Judges. Arnett Thomas, Appellant Pro Se.

Arnett Thomas appeals the district court's order dismissing, without prejudice, Thomas’ complaint filed pursuant to Bivens v. Six Unknown Named Agents of Fed. Bureau of Narcotics, 403 U.S. 388, 91 S.Ct. 1999, 29 L.Ed.2d 619 (1971).* On appeal, we confine our review to the issues raised in the informal brief. See 4th Cir. R. 34(b). Because Thomas’ informal brief does not challenge the basis for the district court's disposition, he 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.   Although the district court dismissed the complaint without prejudice, we have jurisdiction over this appeal. See Bing v. Brivo Sys., LLC, 959 F.3d 605, 615 (4th Cir. 2020), petition for cert. filed, No. 20-759 (U.S. Nov. 27, 2020).


Affirmed by unpublished per curiam opinion. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.

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