Charlene Raiford v. North Carolina Central Univ.


UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Originating case number: 1:12-cv-00548-CCE-JEP Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. [1000050344]. Mailed to: Charlene Raiford. [15-2424]

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Appeal: 15-2424 Doc: 34 Filed: 03/28/2017 Pg: 1 of 4 UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 15-2424 CHARLENE RAIFORD, Plaintiff - Appellant, v. NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL UNIVERSITY, through the BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA; RAYMOND C. PIERCE, In his individual capacity; LAUREN COLLINS, In her individual capacity; NICHELLE PERRY, In her individual capacity, Defendants - Appellees, and GEORGE MELVILLE JOHNSON, Party-in-Interest. Appeal from the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, at Greensboro. Catherine C. Eagles, District Judge. (1:12-cv-00548-CCE-JEP) Submitted: March 20, 2017 Decided: March 28, 2017 Before AGEE, DIAZ, and THACKER, Circuit Judges. Affirmed in part; dismissed in part by unpublished per curiam opinion. Appeal: 15-2424 Doc: 34 Filed: 03/28/2017 Pg: 2 of 4 Charlene Raiford, Appellant Pro Se. Kimberly D. Potter, Assistant Attorney General, Joseph A. Newsome, NORTH CAROLINA DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, Raleigh, North Carolina; Vicente O. De La Cruz, MELVILLE JOHNSON, P.C., Atlanta, Georgia, for Appellees. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. 2 Appeal: 15-2424 Doc: 34 Filed: 03/28/2017 Pg: 3 of 4 PER CURIAM: Charlene Raiford appeals the district court’s orders denying Defendants’ summary judgment motion in part, entering judgment in favor of Defendants after a jury trial, and denying her postverdict motion for judgment as a matter of law. We affirm in part and dismiss in part. This court may exercise jurisdiction only over final orders, 28 U.S.C. § 1291 (2012), and certain interlocutory and collateral orders, 28 U.S.C. § 1292 (2012); Fed. R. Civ. P. 54(b); Cohen v. Beneficial Indus. Loan Corp., 337 U.S. 541, 54546 (1949). is neither The summary judgment order Raiford seeks to appeal a final collateral order. order nor an appealable interlocutory or Ortiz v. Jordan, 562 U.S. 180, 184 (2011) (holding that “a party . . . [may not] appeal an order denying summary judgment after a full trial on the merits” because that “order retains its interlocutory character along the route to final judgment”). as simply a step Accordingly, we dismiss this portion of the appeal for lack of jurisdiction. Turning to Raiford’s appeal of the jury verdict in Defendants’ favor and the denial of her postverdict motion, we have reviewed the record and find no reversible error. There was no abuse of discretion in the district court’s handling of the video deposition, the challenged jury instructions accurately conveyed relevant contextual information to the jury, 3 Appeal: 15-2424 Doc: 34 Filed: 03/28/2017 Pg: 4 of 4 and the evidence supported the jury’s verdict. affirm the judgment. Accordingly, we Raiford v. N.C. Cent. Univ., No. 1:12-cv- 00548-CCE-JEP (M.D.N.C. Oct. 15, 2015). 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 4

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