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A Default in Proceeding with Arbitration Does Not Necessarily Authorize a Default Judgment in Federal Court

In Hernandez v. Acosta Tractors Inc., 2018 WL 3761126 (11th Cir. Aug. 8, 2018), the Eleventh Circuit held that a party’s default in proceeding with arbitration after requesting it did not necessarily warrant entry of default judgment against that party in federal court. Julio Hernandez sued his former employer, Acosta Tractors, and two of its officers under the Fair Labor Standards...

London or New York? Beware Inconsistent Dispute Resolution Provisions

Internaves de Mexico s.a. de C.V. v. Andromeda Steamship Corp., 2018 WL 3636427 (11th Cir. Aug. 1, 2018), demonstrates the perils (and costs) of inconsistency in an agreement’s dispute resolution provisions.  Internaves and Andromeda were parties to a “charter party” agreement for the transportation of an electric transformer from Brazil to Mexico.  The agreement, completed using a...

Survey of 2017 Eleventh Circuit Decisions Published

The Mercer Law Review recently published its annual survey of noteworthy Eleventh Circuit decisions. The Class Actions article, authored by our own Tom Byrne and Stacey Mohr, analyzes the court’s 2017 decisions on CAFA jurisdiction, the impact of arbitration agreements on class actions, the preclusive effect of prior actions, class action settlements, and class certification...

Bank Did Not Waive Arbitration Rights Against Unnamed Class Members

In the latest appeal emanating from the Checking Account Overdraft Litigation MDL proceeding pending in the Southern District of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit returned to a question that it dodged in a previous appeal: whether Wells Fargo waived its arbitration rights as to unnamed members of a certified class. Gutierrez v. Wells Fargo Bank, NA, No. 16-16820 (11th Cir. May 10, 2018)....

Third Time No Charm for Bank in Arbitration Bid

In its third trip to the Eleventh Circuit attempting to enforce an arbitration agreement in a would-be class action involving bank debit card overdraft practices, the bank’s motion to compel arbitration was again denied, this time because of what the court concluded was a failure to agree on arbitration. Dasher v. RBC Bank (USA), 2018 WL 832855 (11th Cir. Feb. 13, 2018). The saga began...

Court Compels Individual Arbitration of Consumer Class Action

In Larsen v. Citibank FSB, 871 F.3d 1295 (11th Cir. Sept. 26, 2017), the Eleventh Circuit reversed the Southern District of Florida’s denial of a motion to compel arbitration of a consumer debt class action.  The plaintiff, David Johnson, filed a putative class action alleging that Defendant KeyBank had improperly changed the sequence of debit card transactions to maximize overdraft...

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