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Deference on All Fronts to Government Settling Qui Tam Action

Deference runs throughout a decision published last week, United States v. Everglades College, Inc., 2017 WL 1658478 (11th Cir. May 3, 2017), where the court issued four holdings in connection with the government’s settlement of a False Claims Act qui tam action relating to federal financial aid funds under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. The court actually consolidated...

Fee Awards – Maybe an Art; Not a Science

In Yellow Pages Photos, Inc. v. Ziplocal, LP, 2017 WL 343520 (11th Cir. Jan. 24, 2017), the Eleventh Circuit reversed a district court’s decision to use a mathematical formula to award costs and fees in proportion to the degree of success in litigation of the underlying claims.  Yellow Pages Photos, Inc. (“YPPI”) and Ziplocal entered into an agreement to purchase a license to use...

Defending Insurance Company Not Liable for Legal Expenses Its Insured Incurred Before Notifying Insurer

An insurer is not required to pay the legal fees its insured had incurred before notifying the insurer of the litigation, according to the Eleventh Circuit’s decision in EmbroidMe.com, Inc. v. Travelers Property Casualty Co. of America, 2017 WL 74694 (Jan. 9, 2017).  Applying Florida law, the court affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the insurer. The insured...

Insurer Not Bound by Settlement That Insured Negotiated in Bad Faith

Under Florida law, a settlement may not be enforced against an insurer where its insured did not negotiate in good faith, thus failing to adequately represent the interests of the party that would ultimately have to pay the settlement. The Eleventh Circuit, in an opinion published November 17, 2016, Sidman v. Travelers Casualty & Surety, 2016 WL 6803034, affirmed the district...