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with the provisions of Rule 30(e)(3) of the North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure.
NORTH CAROLINA COURT OF APPEALS
15 October 2002
BUCKEYE FIRE EQUIPMENT CO., INC.,
No. 00 CVS 3356
RICK GIBBY and C.L. RABB,
Appeal by plaintiff from judgment entered 29 August 2001 and
order entered 7 January 2002 by Judge Robert P. Johnston in Gaston
County Superior Court.
Heard in the Court of Appeals 7 October
Schusterman Law Firm, P.A., by Stephen D. Schusterman, for
Reid C. James for defendant-appellee Rick Gibby.
Carpenter & Carpenter, P.L.L.C., by James R. Carpenter, for
defendant-appellee C.L. Rabb.
EAGLES, Chief Judge.
Plaintiff Buckeye Fire Equipment, Co., Inc. filed a civil
complaint against, inter alia, its former employee Rick Gibby
(“Gibby”) and C.L. Rabb (“Rabb), the owner of one of its suppliers.
In its complaint, plaintiff alleged that Gibby had fraudulently
issued company checks totaling more than $10,000 to Rabb and his
company, C.L. Rabb, Inc., as payment for cardboard boxes that were
Gibby filed a counterclaim against plaintiff for
breach of his employment contract.
A jury ruled in favor of
defendants on plaintiff’s claims and in favor of Gibby on his
counterclaim. After plaintiff and Gibby agreed to a damages amount
of $3000, the trial court entered judgment reflecting the jury’s
verdict on 29 August 2001.
Plaintiff filed a motion for judgment
notwithstanding the verdict or for a new trial, which was denied by
the court by order entered 7 January 2002.
Plaintiff filed notice
of appeal from the judgment and order on 8 February 2002.
Under Rule 3 of our Rules of Appellate Procedure, notice of
appeal must be filed within thirty days of the entry of a civil
judgment by the trial court.
N.C.R. App. P. 3(a), (c).
to give timely notice of appeal in compliance with . . . Rule 3 of
the North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure is jurisdictional,
and an untimely attempt to appeal must be dismissed."
Utica Mutual Ins. Co., 308 N.C. 187, 189, 301 S.E.2d 98, 99-100
As noted above, the trial court entered its order denying
plaintiff’s motion for judgment notwithstanding the verdict on 7
January 2002; plaintiff filed notice of appeal thirty-two days
later on 8 February 2002.
The record on appeal submitted by
plaintiff contains no allegation or showing of any period of
noncompliance with the service requirement of N.C.R. Civ. P. 58
that would extend the thirty-day deadline for appealing the order.
See N.C.R. Civ. P. 3(c)(1), (2).
Because notice of appeal is
untimely under Rule 3(c), we dismiss the appeal.
Our dismissal of the appeal on jurisdictional grounds moots
defendant Rabb’s motion to dismiss the appeal.
-3Judges McCULLOUGH and HUDSON concur.
Report per Rule 30(e).