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Declaratory Judgment Did Not Extinguish Right to Demand Prejudgment Interest Under Georgia Law

In FDIC v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 23203 (11th Cir. Aug. 19, 2022), the Eleventh Circuit held that a demand for prejudgment interest made after entry of a declaratory judgment was timely under Georgia law. The FDIC, as receiver for Omni National Bank, sued some of Omni’s former officers and directors for negligence. Those cases settled, with the...

Eleventh Circuit Upholds “Floating” Forum Selection Clause

In AFC Franchising, LLC v. Purugganan, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 22323 (11th Cir. Aug. 11, 2022), the Eleventh Circuit held that an individual consented to personal jurisdiction and venue by agreeing to a “floating” forum selection clause. Danilo Purugganan entered into a “Master Developer Agreement” with Doctors Express Franchising in 2009. The parties agreed that the contract would be...

Rule 11 Motion May Be Filed After Final Judgment, Provided 21-Day Safe Harbor Period Has Run

The Eleventh Circuit recently confirmed that a litigant may file a Rule 11 motion even after final judgment has been entered—notwithstanding arguably contrary language in some of the court’s prior decisions—as long as the 21-day safe harbor period required by the rule has run. Huggins v. Lueder, Larkin & Hunter, LLC, 39 F.4th 1342 (11th Cir. July 12, 2022). The law firm Lueder,...

No Tiebreaker Necessary: Breaking with the Federal Circuit, Court Holds That Litigation Can Result in No “Prevailing Party” for Cost and Fee Shifting

In Royal Palm Properties, LLC v. Pink Palm Properties, LLC, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 18682 (11th Cir. July 7, 2022), the Eleventh Circuit held that there may be no prevailing party for the purposes of post-verdict cost and fee shifting. A unanimous appellate panel affirmed a district court’s denial of a litigant’s motion for costs and fees, finding that the jury’s split verdict resulted in...

Denial of Motion in Limine Without Prejudice Requires Renewal of Objection at Trial

Yates v. Pinellas Hematology & Oncology, P.A., 2021 US. App. LEXIS 38556 (11th Cir. Dec. 29, 2021), involved claims that the defendant medical provider violated the False Claims Act by materially altering some of its submissions to Medicare. After a jury found the defendant liable and awarded damages and penalties in excess of $1.1 million, the defendant appealed. The Eleventh...

Court Affirms Order Unsealing “Unguarded Emails”

The Eleventh Circuit reiterated the importance of access to judicial proceedings—including, in the case at hand, “unguarded emails expressing personal opinions,” in Callahan v. United Network for Organ Sharing, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 34201 (11th Cir. Nov. 17, 2021). The underlying dispute arose from a revised organ donation policy approved by the defendant United Network for Organ...

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