William Green, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Giant Records, Incorporated; Alabama; Lionel Cartwright;mikki Howard; Tara Temp; R. Mcentire; Color Me Badd;john Doe, and Other Unnamed Recording Artists; Markchestnut; Ichiban Records, Incorporated; Keisha Jackson,individually and in Their Official Capacities, Defendants-appellees, 54 F.3d 773 (4th Cir. 1995)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 54 F.3d 773 (4th Cir. 1995)

Submitted: April 20, 1995. Decided: May 19, 1995

William Green, Appellant Pro Se.



Before WIDENER, WILKINSON, and WILKINS, Circuit Judges.


Appellant appeals from the district court's order dismissing without prejudice his 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (1988) complaint and denying several motions. The district court's dismissal without prejudice is not appealable. See Domino Sugar Corp. v. Sugar Workers' Local Union 392, 10 F.3d 1064, 1066-67 (4th Cir. 1993). A dismissal without prejudice could be final if "no amendment [to the complaint] could cure defects in the plaintiff's case." Id. at 1067. In ascertaining whether a dismissal without prejudice is reviewable in this Court, the Court must determine "whether the plaintiff could save his action by merely amending the complaint." Id. at 1066-67.

Since Appellant could have amended his complaint to assert some claims, we dismiss the appeal for lack of jurisdiction because we find the order is not appealable.

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.