Daniel A. Johnson, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Howard N. Lyles, Warden, Lawrence Carpenter, Security Chief,william Berry, Ccc, Theodore Purnell, Captain, Irvinhawkins, Captain, Paul Showell, Coordinator of Capitolprojects for State Use Industries, Defendants-appellees, 854 F.2d 1317 (4th Cir. 1988)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 854 F.2d 1317 (4th Cir. 1988) Submitted June 30, 1988. Decided July 29, 1988

Daniel A. Johnson, appellant pro se.

Richard M. Kastendieck, Office of Attorney General of Maryland, for appellees Lyles, Berry, and Purnell.

Philip Melton Andrews, Kramon & Graham, Pa, for appellees Carpenter and Hawkins.

Before DONALD RUSSELL, SPROUSE, and CHAPMAN, Circuit Judges.


Daniel A. Johnson appeals the district court's entry of summary judgment for five of the six defendants in his 42 U.S.C. § 1983 action. We dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction.

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.