Adam G. Nunez, Plaintiff-appellant, v. the Superior Oil Company, Defendant-appellee, 535 F.2d 324 (5th Cir. 1976)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit - 535 F.2d 324 (5th Cir. 1976) July 19, 1976

Adam G. Nunez, pro se.

Robert T. Jorden, Lawrence P. Simon, Jr., Lafayette, La., Willard B. Wagner, Jr., James M. Dunnam, Houston, Tex., for defendant-appellee.

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

Before BROWN, Chief Judge, GEWIN and MORGAN, Circuit Judges.


In this case the district court rendered a "ruling" granting defendant-appellee's motion for summary judgment. However, there was a failure to comply with the mechanical requirement of Rule 58 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that the judgment be "set forth on a separate document." Hence, this appeal must be dismissed. Taylor v. Sterrett, 527 F.2d 856 (5 Cir. 1976). See United States v. Indrelunas, 411 U.S. 216, 93 S. Ct. 1562, 36 L. Ed. 2d 202 (1973).

Should a new appeal be taken after compliance with Rule 58, complete rebriefing is not required. We suggest, however, that the parties may wish to file succinct supplemental briefs on the question whether appellee's defense concerning failure to give notice of default is one that should have been set forth affirmatively under Rule 8(c) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and, if so, whether this defense was set forth affirmatively.1 



Rule 18, 5th Cir., see Isbell Enterprises, Inc. v. Citizens Casualty Co. of New York et al., 5th Cir. 1970, 431 F.2d 409, Part I


See Record, v.1 at 197 and 199. But see Brief for Appellee at 52