A jury verdict against Robert Storch was returned on April 24, 1986. On that same day, a judgment was prepared and was marked with a stamp reading "Filed in Open Court, This 24th Day of April, 1986 [s/] Thelma Wyatt-Cummings Judge, State Court of Fulton County." The judgment was taken to the office of clerk of the state court and was marked with another stamp showing that it was "Filed In Office" on May 2, 1986. Storch filed his notice of appeal in this court on May 30, 1986. Hayes Microcomputer Products, Inc. moved to dismiss this appeal and we are constrained to agree.
Although in general we prefer that cases be determined on their merits, we reluctantly conclude that this appeal must be dismissed.