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Fed.R.App.P. 3 provides in pertinent part: (c) Content of the Notice of Appeal. The notice of appeal shall specify the party or parties taking the appeal; shall designate the judgment, order or part thereof appealed from; and shall name the court to which the appeal is taken. An appeal shall not be dismissed for informality of form or title of the notice of appeal. 


The requirements of Rule 3 of the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure should not be construed so as to unduly close the appellate doors. Notices of appeal are entitled to liberal  construction. Scherer v. Kelley, 584 F.2d 170 (7th Cir.1978). The notice element of Rule 3 may be satisfied by any statement, made either to the district court or court of appeals, which serves to notify both the district court and opposing parties of the intent to appeal. Van Wyk El Paso Investment, Inc. v. Dollar Rent-a-Car, Inc., 719 F.2d 806 (5th Cir.1983); Cobb v. Lewis, 488 F.2d 41 (5th Cir.1974). 'The requirement of F.R.App.P. 3(c) that a notice of appeal designate the judgment from which it is taken is not to be so strictly construed as to defeat an ...

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