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Eleventh Circuit Holds That An Already-Married Couple Can Form An “Association-In-Fact” Enterprise Under The Civil RICO Statute Without Creating A New Entity

This week, in Al-Rayes v. Willingham, 2019 WL 441325 (11th Cir. Feb. 5, 2019) the Eleventh Circuit held that a married couple cannot escape civil liability under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act solely on the basis that their marriage preceded the illegal acts and they did not form a formal entity in executing those acts. In 2006, the plaintiff in this case, Mr....

Divided Court Holds Settlement Agreement Between Cable Provider and Installation Contractor Not the Result of Duress

A party negotiating an agreement may employ leverage or “arm-twisting” to consummate a transaction. At some point, however, tough business tactics may result in a claim of duress, jeopardizing the validity of the agreement.  In Cableview Communications of Jacksonville, Inc. v. Time Warner Cable Southeast, LLC, the Eleventh Circuit considered such a claim, ultimately finding in favor of...

Eleventh Circuit Invalidates Liquidated Damages Provision As Impermissible Penalty

In Autauga Quality Cotton Association v. Crosby, 2018 WL 3097948 (June 25, 2018), the Eleventh Circuit invalidated a liquidated damages provision, holding it to be an impermissible penalty under Alabama law. Appellant Autauga Quality Cotton Association is a not-for-profit cotton-marketing association based in Central Alabama whose mission is to provide price stability to both farmers...