Commercial Litigation and Arbitration

Appealability — An Order Holding a Party in Civil Contempt Order Is Interlocutory and Not Appealable by Party Except on Final Judgment

U.S. Bank N.A. v. Gunn, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 26080 (3d Cir. Sept. 10, 2013):

The foregoing appellees' motion to dismiss is granted and the appeal is dismissed for lack of appellate jurisdiction. Civil contempt orders are interlocutory and not immediately appealable, Cromaglass Corp. v. Ferm, 500 F.2d 601, 604 (3d Cir. 1974) (it is "well settled both in this circuit and other circuits" that, "with respect to a party to the litigation" an order holding a party in civil contempt is "in fact an interlocutory order" and is "not appealable except on final judgment."). See also Thermice Corp. v. Vistron Corp., 832 F.2d 248, 251 (3d Cir. 1987)  [*2] (same).

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