Notice: Fourth Circuit Local Rule 36(c) States That Citation of Unpublished Dispositions is Disfavored Except for Establishing Res Judicata, Estoppel, or the Law of the Case and Requires Service of Copies of Cited Unpublished Dispositions of the Fourth Circuit.gary Henry X Brown, Plaintiff-appellant, v. Ron Angelone; D. Swisher; P. Mueller; A.v. Deola;counselor Nealy; Jack Lee; Sergeant Short;cheryl Miller; R. Miller; S. Murphy,defendants-appellees, 87 F.3d 1308 (4th Cir. 1996)

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US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit - 87 F.3d 1308 (4th Cir. 1996)

Submitted May 16, 1996
Decided June 5, 1996

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia, at Roanoke. James C. Turk, District Judge. (CA-95-1390-R).

Gary Henry X Brown, Appellant Pro Se.

W.D. Va.


Before RUSSELL, LUTTIG, and WILLIAMS, Circuit Judges.


Appellant appeals from the district court's order dismissing without prejudice his 42 U.S.C. § 1983 (1988) complaint claiming due process and equal protection violations. We have reviewed the record and the district court's opinion and find no reversible error. We affirm the portion of the district court's order dismissing the due process claims on the reasoning of the district court. Brown v. Angelone, No. CA-95-1390-R (W.D. Va. Dec. 29, 1995).

The district court's dismissal without prejudice of the equal protection claim 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 is final if " 'no amendment [in the complaint] could cure defects in the plaintiff's case.' " Id. at 1067 (quoting Coniston Corp. v. Village of Hoffman Estates, 844 F.2d 461, 463 (7th Cir. 1988)). 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 his complaint." Id. at 1066-67.

Appellant could amend his equal protection claim to assert that persons similarly situated to himself were treated differently, and include specific examples of the differential treatment. Accordingly, we dismiss this portion of the appeal for lack of jurisdiction because we find the dismissal without prejudice of the equal protection claim 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.