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Health Savings Accounts not exempt from bankruptcy estate in Georgia

After the Georgia Supreme Court answered a certified question, the Eleventh Circuit held that health savings account (“HSA”) funds are not property exempt from the bankruptcy estate under Georgia law. In Mooney v. Webster, No. 15-11229 (11th Cir. Jan. 27, 2017), a Chapter 7 bankruptcy petitioner claimed the assets in her HSA account as exempt from bankruptcy under O.C.G.A. §...

Florida STOLI policies have insurable interest

In consolidated Pruco Life Insurance Co. v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2017 WL 360512 (11th Cir. Jan. 25, 2017), the Eleventh Circuit applied guidance from the Florida Supreme Court and held that Stranger-Originated Life Insurance (“STOLI”) policies have an “insurable interest” as required by Florida Statute § 627.404, so a standard contractual provision limiting challenges to the...

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...

Patronage Capital Class Action Removable; Dismissal Affirmed

An electric cooperative organized under state law is nonetheless entitled to remove a putative class action to federal court under the “federal officer” removal statute, according to the Eleventh Circuit in Caver v. Central Alabama Electric Cooperative, 845 F.3d 1135 (11th Cir. 2017), which also affirmed dismissal of a complaint seeking immediate return of patronage capital. ...

Kardashians Left Blushing, Can’t Compel Arbitration in Makeup Case

Kimberly, Kourtney, and Khloe Kardashian will find themselves back in court after the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the denial of their motion to compel arbitration in Kroma Makeup EU, LLC v. Boldface Licensing + Branding, Inc., No. 15-15060 (11th Cir. Jan. 18, 2017). The Kardashians sought to enforce an arbitration clause against a party to the underlying contract despite the fact that...

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