Phillip Ward v. Branch Banking and Trust
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Motion disposition in opinion--granting Motion to dismiss appeal [999963040-2] Originating case number: 8:13-cv-01968-ELH Copies to all parties and the district court/agency. . Mailed to: Deirdre Ward; Phillip Ward. [16-2147]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
PHILLIP WARD; DEIRDRE WARD,
Plaintiffs - Appellants,
BRANCH BANKING AND TRUST; THE FISHER LAW GROUP, PLLC,
Defendants - Appellees.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of
Maryland, at Greenbelt.
Ellen L. Hollander, District Judge.
February 23, 2017
February 27, 2017
Before SHEDD and DIAZ, Circuit Judges, and DAVIS, Senior Circuit
Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Phillip Ward, Deirdre Ward, Appellants Pro Se. Brian L. Moffet,
Zachary Saul Schultz, MILES & STOCKBRIDGE, PC, Baltimore,
Maryland, Martin Stuart Goldberg, BP FISHER LAW GROUP, LLP, Oxon
Hill, Maryland, for Appellees.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Phillip Ward and Deirdre Ward seek to appeal the district
court’s order denying relief on their civil complaint.
Branch Banking and Trust (“BB&T”) moves to dismiss the appeal as
untimely, and the Wards have replied to the motion.
BB&T’s motion and dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction
because the notice of appeal was not timely filed.
“[T]he timely filing of a notice of appeal in a civil case is
a jurisdictional requirement.”
Bowles v. Russell, 551 U.S. 205,
Generally, a party has 30 days after the entry of the
district court’s final judgment or order to notice an appeal.
Fed. R. App. P. 4(a)(1)(A).
The notice period may be extended or
reopened by the district court.
See Fed. R. App. P. 4(a)(5), (6).
The district court entered final judgment on May 18, 2016. Because
the Wards filed their notice of appeal of this order on July 18,
2016, their notice of appeal was untimely.
district court denied their motion to extend the appeal period,
finding that the Wards did not demonstrate excusable neglect or
good cause for an extension.
Because the Wards 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
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