Andrea Charters v. Atessa Shahmirzadi
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Originating case number: 1:17-cv-00268-LMB-IDD. Copies to all parties and the district court/agency . Mailed to: Andrea Lea Charters. [17-1340]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
ANDREA LEA CHARTERS, a/k/a Andrea L. Charters, a/k/a Andrea Lea
Aronovitz, a/k/a Andrea Charters,
Plaintiff - Appellant,
ATESSA SHAHMIRZADI; POTOMAC LAW GROUP, PLLC; HARVARD
Defendants - Appellees.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, at
Alexandria. Leonie M. Brinkema, District Judge. (1:17-cv-00268-LMB-IDD)
Submitted: July 28, 2017
Decided: August 2, 2017
Before NIEMEYER, AGEE, and WYNN, Circuit Judges.
Dismissed and remanded by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Andrea Lea Charters, Appellant Pro Se. Ronda Brown Esaw, GREENBERG TRAURIG,
LLP, McLean, Virginia, for Appellee.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Andrea Lea Charters seeks to appeal the district court’s order dismissing without
prejudice her federal civil complaint. 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, 545-47 (1949). Because the deficiencies identified by the district court may be
remedied by filing an amended complaint, see Galustian v. Peter, 591 F.3d 724, 730 (4th
Cir. 2010) (applying Fed. R. Civ. P. 15(a) rather than Fed. R. Civ. P. 21 where plaintiff
sought to add party by amending complaint); Mayes v. Rapoport, 198 F.3d 457, 462 n.11
(4th Cir. 1999) (same), we conclude that the order Charters seeks to appeal is neither a
final order nor an appealable interlocutory or collateral order. See Goode v. Cent. Va.
Legal Aid Soc’y, Inc., 807 F.3d 619, 623-24 (4th Cir. 2015); Domino Sugar Corp. v.
Sugar Workers Local Union 392, 10 F.3d 1064, 1066-67 (4th Cir. 1993). Accordingly,
we dismiss this appeal for lack of jurisdiction and remand the case to the district court
with instructions to allow Charters to amend her complaint. Goode, 807 F.3d at 630. 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
DISMISSED AND REMANDED
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