Rodney Hammond v. Norma Uriegas, et al


UNPUBLISHED OPINION FILED. [16-50984 Dismissed] Judge: TMR, Judge: PRO, Judge: JWE. Mandate pull date is 03/23/2017 [16-50984]

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Case: 16-50984 Document: 00513894988 Page: 1 Date Filed: 03/02/2017 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT No. 16-50984 Summary Calendar United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit FILED March 2, 2017 Lyle W. Cayce Clerk RODNEY J. HAMMOND, Plaintiff - Appellant v. MELVIA LOVINGS; PAUL HELFRICH; MELISSA ESQUIVEL; AMELIA BUSTOS; J&J WORLDWIDE SERVICES, INCORPORATED, Defendants - Appellees Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas USDC No. 5:15-CV-579 Before REAVLEY, OWEN, and ELROD, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM:* Appellant Rodney J. Hammond seeks to appeal the district court’s ruling awarding defendants attorney fees. The order was entered July 1, 2016. Hammond was therefore required to file his notice of appeal by August 1, 2016. On that day, he attempted to file the notice of appeal, but inadvertently filed a document entitled “Plaintiff’s Response to Court’s Order to Show Cause.” The Pursuant to 5TH CIR. R. 47.5, the court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR. R. 47.5.4. * Case: 16-50984 Document: 00513894988 Page: 2 Date Filed: 03/02/2017 No. 16-50984 next day, the court issued a “Deficiency Notice” informing him of the error. On August 2, 2016, Hammond filed his notice of appeal. Hammond’s notice of appeal was untimely, and this appeal must therefore be dismissed. See Fed. R. App. P. 4(a)(1)(A). The unusual circumstances surrounding Hammond’s late filing do not change this outcome. Kinsley v. Lakeview Regional Medical Center LLC is squarely on point and controls. See 570 F.3d 586, 590 (5th Cir. 2009). DISMISSED. 2

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