You know how the second a dispositive order is entered the SD FL immediately closes the case? You also see a lot of "administratively closed" orders, for a variety of reasons.
What does it all mean?
What's it all about, Alfie?
Let's let the 11th elucidate:
The slight distinction between an administratively closed case and a dismissed case does not resolve the question of finality. What matters is whether the case, in all practicality, is finished. In this case, the district court not only administratively closed the case, but it also denied all pending motions as moot and compelled arbitration. The district court’s order was a functionally final and appealable decision because it left nothing more for the court to do but execute the judgment.So now we are looking at a practicality test, determining on a case by case basis whether a particular order is "functionally final" such that appeal times and other deadlines begin to run.
Should be easy enough for all the ham-and-schleppers in the world to implement, right?