Charles E. Brent, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Classification Department of the Maryland Penitentiary Towit:; H.e. Rogers; Patricia Goins; Lucille Bagley;robert Bond; William Berry; Kevin Richardson; Caroljackson; Francis Wilson; Benjamin Amara; Patricialesnick; Brett Schurman; Sidney Webb; Alvin Wooden;lewis Williams; Warden of Maryland Penitentiary,defendants-appellees, 851 F.2d 356 (4th Cir. 1988)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 851 F.2d 356 (4th Cir. 1988) Submitted: May 26, 1988. Decided: July 6, 1988

Charles E. Brent, appellant pro se.



Charles E. Brent appeals from the district court's order staying all proceedings in his 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action pending exhaustion of administrative remedies, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1997e.

Under 28 U.S.C. § 1291 this Court has jurisdiction over appeals from final orders. A final order is one which disposes of all issues in dispute as to all parties. It "ends the litigation on the merits and leaves nothing for the court to do but execute the judgment." Catlin v. United States, 324 U.S. 229, 233 (1945).

As the order appealed from is not a final order, it is not appealable under 28 U.S.C. § 1291. The district court has not directed entry of final judgment as to particular claims or parties under Fed. R. Civ. P. 54(b), nor is the order appealable under the provisions of 28 U.S.C. § 1292. Finally, the order is not appealable as a collateral order under Cohen v. Beneficial Industrial Loan Corp., 337 U.S. 541 (1949).

Finding no basis for appellate jurisdiction, we dismiss the appeal as interlocutory. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal arguments are adequately presented in the materials before the Court and oral argument would not significantly aid the decisional process.