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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)....

RIVAL CLASS COUNSEL BATTLE OVER SETTLEMENT

An unseemly squabble between rival class-action firms drew the attention of the Eleventh Circuit in Technology Training Associates, Inc. v. Buccaneers Ltd. Partnership, 2017 WL 4819371 (11th Cir. Oct. 26, 2017).  The court remanded the case for further combat over approval of an approximately $20 million class action settlement in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act case against the...

Primary Defendants Tied to Liability for Damages in Class Actions Seeking Monetary Relief

In an opinion published June 14, 2017, Hunter v. City of Montgomery, 2017 WL 2634162, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the lower court’s remand order under the home state exception to the Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”). The central issue was the classification of a party as one of the “primary defendants” within the meaning of CAFA. The case centered on a red-light camera program...

Preclusive Effect of Engle Findings Against Tobacco Cases Does Not Violate Due Process

In a 7-3 decision, the Eleventh Circuit sitting en banc declined to overrule Walker v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., 734 F.3d 1278 (11th Cir. 2013), and held (again) that a jury’s negligence and strict liability findings in the Engle class action against tobacco companies may be given preclusive effect in follow-on individual cases without violating the Due Process Clause. Graham v. R. J....

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. ...

Employees May Join FLSA Collective Action With Rule 23 Class Action in Same Proceeding

The Eleventh Circuit has joined the D.C., Second, Third, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits in holding that employees may bring a collective action against their employer under § 216(b) of the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 (“FLSA”) in the same proceeding in which they seek Rule 23(b) certification of state-law claims. Calderone v. Scott, 2016 WL 5403589 (11th Cir. Sept. 28, 2016). The...

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