Shirley Wood, et al., Plaintiffs-appellants, v. Coast Frame Supply, Inc., a California Corporation; et al.,defendants-appellees, 791 F.2d 802 (9th Cir. 1986)

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US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit - 791 F.2d 802 (9th Cir. 1986)

June 13, 1986

Michael G. Portner, Tucker & Johnson, Los Angeles, Cal., for plaintiffs-appellants.

Matthew A. Hodel, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, Costa Mesa, Cal., for defendants-appellees.

Before FLETCHER, PREGERSON and HALL, Circuit Judges.


The previous order of this panel, 779 F.2d 1441 (9th Cir. 1986), is hereby amended by inserting the following material before the final paragraph:

This is not a case in which the parties have waived the separate judgment rule of Fed. R. Civ. P. 58. In Calhoun v. United States, 647 F.2d 6 (9th Cir. 1981), we held that an appellate court could properly assume jurisdiction absent compliance with the separate judgment rule when:

(1) the district court clearly evidenced its intent that the opinion and order from which an appeal was taken would represent the final decision in the case, (2) a judgment of dismissal was reflected in the clerk's docket, and (3) appellees did not object to the taking of the appeal in the absence of a separate judgment.

Id. at 11 (citing Bankers Trust Co. v. Mallis, 435 U.S. 381, 98 S. Ct. 1117, 55 L. Ed. 2d 357 (1978)). In this case the first and third elements outlined in Calhoun have not been met. Because of the district court's change of position after argument on February 13, 1984 it is unclear whether the district court intended the minute order to be a final resolution of this case, and Coast Frame has objected to the taking of this appeal without a separate judgment. Under these circumstances we lack jurisdiction over the Woods' appeal.