Wilson et al v. Bruning et al

Filing 44

MEMORANDUM AND ORDER - Plaintiff's notice of appeal was not timely filed. The clerk's office is directed to send a copy of this order to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ordered by Senior Judge Richard G. Kopf. (Copy mailed to pro se party and as directed) (JSF)

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA HAROLD B. WILSON, and GRACY ) S. SEDLAK, ) ) Plaintiffs, ) ) v. ) ) FRANK HOPKINS, Asst Dir, All in ) their individual and professional ) capacities, ) ) Defendant. ) 8:13CV130 MEMORANDUM AND ORDER This matter is before the court on Plaintiff Gracy Sedlak’s notice of appeal (Filing No. 41). The notice of appeal was filed 42 days after the court entered judgment in this matter. Federal Rule of Appellate Procedure 4(a)(1)(A) sets forth that a notice of appeal in a civil case must be filed within 30 days of the entry of judgment. This requirement is both “mandatory and jurisdictional.” Burgs v. Johnson Cnty., Iowa, 79 F.3d 701, 702 (8th Cir. 1996). A district court may extend the time to file a notice of appeal if a party moves for an extension of time and shows excusable neglect or good cause, provided that the party moves for the extension of time within 30 days of the expiration of the 30-day period set out in Rule 4(a)(1)(A). Fed. R. App. P. 4(a)(5)(A)(ii). In addition, if a party files one of the post-judgment motions listed in Rule (a)(4)(A), the time to file the appeal runs from the entry of the order disposing of the motion. Fed. R. App. P. 4(a)(4)(A). An untimely notice of appeal cannot serve as a motion for extension of time to file an appeal. Burgs, 79 F.3d at 702. Here, the court entered a final judgment dismissing this case on November 3, 2014. Plaintiff filed her notice of appeal 42 days later. She did not file any postjudgment motions that would extend the time to file a notice of appeal. In addition, she did not move to extend the time to file a notice of appeal. Accordingly, the court finds Plaintiff did not file a timely notice of appeal. IT IS ORDERED that: 1. Plaintiff’s notice of appeal was not timely filed. 2. The clerk’s office is directed to send a copy of this order to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. DATED this 15th day of January, 2015. BY THE COURT: Richard G. Kopf Senior United States District Judge *This opinion may contain hyperlinks to other documents or Web sites. The U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska does not endorse, recommend, approve, or guarantee any third parties or the services or products they provide on their Web sites. Likewise, the court has no agreements with any of these third parties or their Web sites. The court accepts no responsibility for the availability or functionality of any hyperlink. Thus, the fact that a hyperlink ceases to work or directs the user to some other site does not affect the opinion of the court. 2

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