United States of America, Plaintiff-appellee, v. Reginald Chambers, Claimant-appellant,andtracts of Land Containing 22.73 Acres and 6.20 Acres, Asrecorded in the Office of Register of Deeds, Person Countyin Book 189, Page 332, and Being Known As the Roxborodragway, Together with Appurtenances Including One Chrondekelectronic Timing Computer, Public Address Sound System,"christment Tree" Starting Lights, Concession Equipment, Andblower, Defendant,andsatterfield & Clayton Ashpalt & Concrete Company, Roxboromotor Sports, Inc., Claimants, 924 F.2d 1053 (4th Cir. 1991)Annotate this Case
Submitted Jan. 4, 1991. Decided Feb. 1, 1991
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, at Durham. Richard C. Erwin, Chief District Judge. (CA-89-457-D)
Reginald Chambers, appellant pro se.
Richard Lee Robertson, Assistant United States Attorney, Greensboro, N.C., for appellee.
Before K.K. HALL and PHILLIPS, Circuit Judges, and BUTZNER, Senior Circuit Judge.
Reginald Chambers appeals the district court's entry of default judgment against him. Although Chambers's notice of appeal was premature because it was filed after adjudication as to some, but not all, claims or parties, it was retroactively validated to confer jurisdiction on this Court when the remaining claims and parties were disposed of. See Sacks v. Rothberg, 845 F.2d 1098 (D.C. Cir. 1988); Govern v. Meese, 811 F.2d 1405 (11th Cir. 1987); Knight v. Brown Transport Corp., 806 F.2d 479 (3d Cir. 1986); Gillis v. United States Dep't of Health and Human Serv., 759 F.2d 565 (6th Cir. 1985); Pireno v. New York State Chiropractic Ass'n, 650 F.2d 387 (2d Cir. 1981), aff'd, 458 U.S. 119 (1982); Baker v. Limber, 647 F.2d 912 (9th Cir. 1981); Anderson v. Allstate Ins. Co., 630 F.2d 677 (9th Cir. 1980); Merchants & Planters Bank v. Smith, 516 F.2d 355 (8th Cir. 1975).
Our review of the record discloses that the appeal of the entry of default judgment is without merit. However, in his notice of appeal, Chambers claims that the judgment should be set aside because he was unable to respond to the forfeiture complaint because he is imprisoned, and he contends that he has a meritorious defense. These claims must be raised in a Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b) motion in the district court and cannot be raised for the first time on appeal. Accordingly, we affirm the district court's entry of a default judgment without prejudice to the claimant's filing of a motion under Fed. R. Civ. P. 60(b) to vacate the default judgment. United States v. United States Currency Totalling $3,817.49, 826 F.2d 785 (8th Cir. 1987). We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the Court and argument would not aid the decisional process.