John Schell; Deanna Schell, Plaintiffs-appellants, v. Ohio County Prosecutor's Office; Patricia Valentino Kutsch,prosecuting Attorney of Ohio County, Westvirginia, Defendants-appellees,andclark Gable; Thomas Williams; Ed Weith, Chief of Wheelingpolice; City of Wheeling, Defendants, 866 F.2d 1416 (4th Cir. 1989)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 866 F.2d 1416 (4th Cir. 1989) Submitted: Dec. 21, 1988. Decided: Jan. 30, 1989

Don A. Yannerella, Randy D. Gossett, for appellants.

J. Greg Goodykoontz (Steptoe & Johnson), for appellees.

Before Donald RUSSELL, CHAPMAN and WILKINSON, Circuit Judges.


John and Deanna Schell seek to appeal an order of the district court dismissing two of the six defendants named in the Schell's suit filed under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. 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 dispositive issues have been decided authoritatively.