First American Bank of Virginia, Plaintiff-appellee, v. Cassandra Williams, A/k/a Cassandra G. Nelson, T/a Culturalassociates, Defendant-appellant, v. Glenda Barnum, D/b/a Maps Marketing Enterprise,individually; Melissa Prejean, D/b/a Maps Marketingenterprise, Individually, Dorothy Carradine, D/b/a Mapsmarketing Enterprise, Individually; Maps Marketingenterprise, A/k/a Map Enterprises, Incorporated, Third Partydefendants, 947 F.2d 940 (4th Cir. 1991)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 947 F.2d 940 (4th Cir. 1991) Submitted June 27, 1991. Decided Oct. 28, 1991

Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, at Baltimore. Walter E. Black, Jr., Chief District Judge. (CA-89-1341-B)

Richard L. Donald, Temple Hills, Md., for appellant.

Daniel Stephen Fiore, II, Arlington, Va., for appellee.

D. Md.


Before WIDENER, K.K. HALL and SPROUSE, Circuit Judges.



Cassandra Williams appeals the summary judgment dismissal of her counterclaim for defamation. 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 contentions are adequately presented in the materials before the Court and argument would not aid the decisional process.