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Improper Claim-Splitting Warrants Dismissal

In a case of first impression, the Eleventh Circuit has held that a plaintiff’s second case against a defendant, arising out of the same nucleus of operative facts, was properly dismissed as the product of improper claim-splitting. Vanover v. NCO Fin. Servs., Inc., 2017 WL 2129557 (11th Cir. May 17, 2017). In 2014, Karen Vanover sued NCO Financial Systems in federal court, claiming...

To Bar, or Not to Bar: That Is the Certified Question

How long after winning a judgment in the federal court can a Florida plaintiff conduct post-judgment collection efforts? That is the question at the heart of Salinas v. Ramsey, 2017 WL 1593469 (11th Cir. May 2, 2017). The issue has been decided differently in cases before the Florida District Courts of Appeal, and so Tuesday, the Eleventh Circuit certified a question to the Florida...

Asset Buyer Not Bound by Lanham Act Injunction Without Proof of Actual Notice

The buyer of most of the operating assets of a company subject to a Lanham Act injunction was held by the Eleventh Circuit not to be subject to the injunction, even though the seller’s CEO and owner became president and part-owner of the buyer as part of the sale. ADT LLC v. NorthStar Alarm Services, LLC, 2017 WL 1364978 (11th Cir. Apr. 14, 2017).  A year after the sale, the plaintiff,...

Dual Citizenship Does Not Create CAFA Jurisdiction

Two insurance class actions will remain in state court after the Eleventh Circuit’s decision in Life of the South Insurance Co. v. Carzell, 2017 WL 1174083 (11th Cir. Mar. 29, 2017) (Marcus, J.). The court held that federal diversity jurisdiction does not exist under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) if all defendants and plaintiff class members are citizens of a single...

When Confirming Diversity of Citizenship, Trust—but Verify

In Purchasing Power, LLC v. Bluestem Brands, Inc., 2017 WL 1046103 (11th Cir. Mar. 20, 2017), the Eleventh Circuit reminded litigants and their counsel that it is critical to confirm the citizenship of all relevant corporate entities in determining the existence of diversity jurisdiction, but reversed the district judge’s order imposing “inherent power” sanctions on a party which had...

The Second Time’s a Charm: Jury Deliberations Resume After Partial Delivery of Inconsistent Verdict

Wright Medical Technology, Inc., appealed from a $2,100,000 judgment entered against it following a jury trial, arguing that the jury had been improperly instructed as a matter of Utah law and also that the district judge should not have ordered the jury to continue deliberations after the deputy clerk began to read what turned out to be an inconsistent verdict. The Eleventh Circuit,...

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