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Hayes v. Intermountain GeoEnvironmental Services Inc., 2018 UT App 223 (Nov. 29, 2018)

Nov 29, 2018

In an appeal from dismissal of plaintiff’s claims against one of three defendants, the court of appeals determined that it lacked appellate jurisdiction because of a deficient certification order under Utah R. Civ. P. 54(b).  The order stated only that the dismissal “is deemed a final order, thus starting [the] time for appeals.”  Without an express determination that there is no just reason for delay, accompanied by supporting rationale under Rule 52(a), the order failed to properly invoke the jurisdiction of the court of appeals, requiring dismissal of the appeal.