James Neal v. Nabors Drilling USA, L.P., No. 11-30861 (5th Cir. 2012)

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Case: 11-30861 Document: 00511909680 Page: 1 Date Filed: 07/03/2012 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS United States Court of Appeals FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT Fifth Circuit FILED No. 11-30861 July 3, 2012 Lyle W. Cayce Clerk JAMES NEAL, Plaintiff-Appellant v. NABORS DRILLING USA, L.P., Defendant-Appellee Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana USDC No. 6:11-CV-648 Before DAVIS, OWEN, and SOUTHWICK, Circuit Judges. PER CURIAM:* Neal appeals from an August 15, 2011 order by the district court. In its memorandum ruling issued with the order, the district court compelled arbitration pursuant to Section 3 of the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. § 3. The order itself explained what was to occur with the lawsuit thereafter: [T]he Clerk of this Court is to administratively terminate this action in his records, without prejudice to the right of the parties to move to reopen the proceedings within thirty (30) days of the date the Arbitrator renders a decision in this matter. This order shall not be * Pursuant to 5TH CIR. R. 47.5, the Court has determined that this opinion should not be published and is not precedent except under the limited circumstances set forth in 5TH CIR. R. 47.5.4. Case: 11-30861 Document: 00511909680 Page: 2 Date Filed: 07/03/2012 No. 11-30861 considered a dismissal or disposition of this matter, and should further proceedings in it become necessary or desirable, any party may initiate it in the same manner as if the order had not been entered. This case still exists on the district court s docket and may be reopened upon request of the parties or on the court s own motion. The court s order was the functional equivalent of a stay, not a dismissal, and there has thus not been an appealable order. See 9 U.S.C. § 16(b)(1); Green Tree Fin. Corp. Ala. v. Randolph, 531 U.S. 79, 87 n.2 (2000); Mire v. Full Spectrum Lending, Inc., 389 F.3d 163, 167 (5th Cir. 2004). DISMISSED FOR LACK OF JURISDICTION. 2
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