In re: Beverly Hennager, No. 18-1671 (4th Cir. 2018)

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UNPUBLISHED UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT No. 18-1671 In re: BEVERLY L. HENNAGER; LOUIS A. JENNINGS, Petitioners. On Petition for Writ of Mandamus. (1:15-cv-00149-LO-TCB) Submitted: October 4, 2018 Decided: October 24, 2018 Before AGEE, KEENAN, and FLOYD, Circuit Judges. Petition denied by unpublished per curiam opinion. Beverly L. Hennager, Louis A. Jennings, Petitioners Pro Se. Unpublished opinions are not binding precedent in this circuit. PER CURIAM: Beverly L. Hennager and Louis A. Jennings have filed a petition and an amended petition for a writ of mandamus asking us to order the district court to enforce its final order and distribute the remaining assets of their former family partnership. Petitioners have also filed motions to amend for disclosure, to assign a new random panel of judges, and to expedite the writ of mandamus. Petitioners’ sibling, Katherine R. Dauphin, opposes mandamus relief, and has also filed a motion asking that sanctions be imposed against Petitioners. We conclude that Petitioners are not entitled to mandamus relief. Mandamus relief is a drastic remedy and should be used only in extraordinary circumstances. Kerr v. U.S. Dist. Court, 426 U.S. 394, 402 (1976); United States v. Moussaoui, 333 F.3d 509, 516-17 (4th Cir. 2003). Mandamus may not be used as a substitute for appeal, however. In re Lockheed Martin Corp., 503 F.3d 351, 353 (4th Cir. 2007). Further, mandamus relief is available only when the petitioner has a clear right to the relief sought. In re First Fed. Sav. & Loan Ass’n, 860 F.2d 135, 138 (4th Cir. 1988). Petitioners have not established a clear right to the relief sought. Accordingly, we deny mandamus relief, deny as moot the motions to expedite, and deny Petitioners’ motions to assign a new random panel of judges and to amend for disclosure. While we deny Dauphin’s motion for sanctions at this time, we agree that Petitioners’ repeated filings must be curtailed. We thus warn Petitioners that their continued vexatious filings in this court will result in the imposition of sanctions and, quite possibly, a prefiling injunction against them. We dispense with oral argument because the facts and legal 2 contentions are adequately presented in the materials before this court and argument would not aid the decisional process. PETITION DENIED 3