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Municipal Fair Housing Act Suit vs. Banks Is Again Green-Lighted

Capping off a busy week, the Eleventh Circuit took a second crack at whether a municipality can bring an action under the Fair Housing Act against banks to recover damages allegedly attributable to racially discriminatory lending practices. In the prior round, the court held that the City of Miami had alleged standing and causation sufficiently to survive a motion to dismiss. But the...

Offer to “Resolve” Time-Barred Debt States Fair Debt Collection Claim

The Eleventh Circuit took on a circuit-splitting issue under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act in Holzman v. Malcolm S. Gerald & Associates, 2019 WL 1495642 (11th Cir. Apr. 5, 2019).  The case arose from the defendants’ efforts to collect a time-barred debt.  The plaintiff alleged that the collection letter he received was “false, deceptive, or misleading,” in violation of...

Loan Servicer’s “Obvious” Willful Violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act Warrants Revival of Plaintiffs’ Claims for Emotional-Distress and Punitive Damages

Last week, in Marchisio v. Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC, 2019 WL 1320522 (11th Cir. Mar. 25, 2019), the Eleventh Circuit, taking a somewhat exasperated tone, addressed claims against a mortgage servicer whose repeated misreporting of a consumer account—even after a history of litigation and two settlement agreements—was an “obvious” violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The...

Some Claims are Stronger than Others—Eleventh Circuit Revives Protein Supplement Maker’s Lanham Act Claim But Holds that Georgia Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act Claim is Preempted by Federal Law

The Eleventh Circuit recently reversed in part and affirmed in part the dismissal of a complaint alleging violations of the Georgia Uniform Deceptive Trade Practices Act, O.C.G.A. § 10-1-372, and the federal Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1125(a). Hi-Tech Pharm., Inc. v. HBS Int’l, 2018 WL 6314282 (11th Cir. Dec. 4, 2018). The case presented important questions about the relationship between...

Eleventh Circuit Restores $20m Punitive-Damages Verdict Against Philip Morris

The Eleventh Circuit last week reinstated a $20.76m punitive-damages verdict against tobacco giant Philip Morris, ruling that the district court had abused its discretion in ordering a new trial on the plaintiff’s intentional tort claims.  Cote v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., 2018 WL 6167395 (11th Cir. Nov. 26, 2018).  The court also affirmed the denial of Philip Morris’s motions for a...

Supreme Court to Consider TCPA Circuit Split on Interpretation of “Advertisement”

The Supreme Court will address a circuit split over the interpretation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s provision imposing liability for sending unsolicited advertisements.  PDR Network, LLC v. Carlton & Harris Chiropractic, Inc., No. 17-1705, 2018 WL 3127423 (U.S. Nov. 13, 2018).  The majority view—held by the Eleventh Circuit—is that an unsolicited fax is only a...

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