No Rule 54(b) Certification Where Adjudicated and Pending Claims Are “Intertwined”

 In two separate cases, the Court of Civil Appeals dismissed Rule 54(b) appeals from partial summary judgments. Certification under Rule 54(b) was improper in both cases because the appealed claims were too closely “intertwined” with claims that remained pending. Holman v. Sims, No. 2080809 (Ala. Civ. App. Jul. 16, 2010); Marshall Auto Painting & Collision, Inc. v. Peach Auto Painting & Collision, Inc., No. 2090090 (Ala. Civ. App. Jul. 16, 2010).

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Claims “Too Intertwined” For 54(b) Certification

Counterclaims could not be certified as final under Rule 54(b), and thus made appealable, where the circuit court had not yet resolved the plaintiff’s “closely intertwined” claims. The 54(b) certification was held improper and the appeal dismissed. Gregory v. Ferguson, No. 2070576 (Ala. Civ. App. Dec. 5, 2008).

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