Melvin Cheatham, Jr. v. Maryland Transit Admin.
UNPUBLISHED PER CURIAM OPINION filed. Motion disposition in opinion--granting Motion to dismiss appeal [1000117016-2]. Originating case number: 1:16-cv-00111-JFM. Copies to all parties and the district court. . Mailed to: Melvin Cheatham. [17-1754]
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS
FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
MELVIN L. CHEATHAM, JR.,
Plaintiff - Appellant,
MARYLAND TRANSIT ADMINISTRATION,
Defendant - Appellee.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, at Baltimore. J.
Frederick Motz, Senior District Judge. (1:16-cv-00111-JFM)
Submitted: August 24, 2017
Decided: August 28, 2017
Before GREGORY, Chief Judge, and SHEDD and DIAZ, Circuit Judges.
Dismissed by unpublished per curiam opinion.
Melvin L. Cheatham, Jr., Appellant Pro Se. Julie Theresa Sweeney, OFFICE OF THE
ATTORNEY GENERAL OF MARYLAND, Baltimore, Maryland, for Appellee.
Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit.
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Melvin L. Cheatham, Jr., seeks to appeal the district court’s order dismissing his
civil complaint for failure to state a claim. Defendant has moved to dismiss the appeal for
lack of jurisdiction because the notice of appeal was not timely filed. Cheatham opposes
Parties are accorded 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 (2007).
The district court’s order was entered on the docket on September 8, 2016. The
notice of appeal was filed on June 20, 2017. Because Cheatham failed to file a timely
notice of appeal or to obtain an extension or reopening of the appeal period, we grant
Defendant’s motion 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
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