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SCOTUS Business Cases This Term (Part 2 – Arbitration)

The Court has several arbitration-related cases before it this term.  Lamps Plus, Inc. v. Varela concerns whether the FAA permits a state-law interpretation of an arbitration agreement that finds a contractual basis for class arbitration without class arbitration’s being specifically mentioned.  New Prime, Inc. v. Oliveira involves the FAA’s exception for “contracts...

SCOTUS Business Cases This Term (Part 1 – Class Actions)

The Supreme Court’s October term is underway, and the Court has before it several class-action cases.  Frank v. Gaos concerns the permissibility of cy pres relief in class action settlements; Home Depot v. Jackson the ability of a defendant in the original action to remove the action under CAFA; and Nutraceutical Corp. v. Lambert the availability of equitable exceptions to the...

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...

Britt Grant Confirmed as Eleventh Circuit Judge

Georgia Supreme Court Justice Britt Grant was confirmed by the U.S. Senate yesterday afternoon to fill the Eleventh Circuit judgeship created when Judge Julie Carnes elected to take senior status.  The vote was 52-46.  Justice Grant, 40, is not the youngest person to be confirmed for an Eleventh Circuit seat since the court was constituted in 1981.  That honor belongs to Senior Judge...

GEORGIA SUPREME COURT JUSTICE BRITT GRANT NOMINATED TO ELEVENTH CIRCUIT

The White House announced yesterday the nomination of Georgia Supreme Court Justice Britt Grant to fill the seat on the Eleventh Circuit opened by the pending retirement of Judge Julie Carnes. Justice Grant has served on the Supreme Court for a year and three months. She was appointed to the Court by Governor Nathan Deal after serving as Georgia’s Solicitor General for a year. She...

Judge Julie Carnes to take Senior Status, Opening Seat on Eleventh Circuit

After serving as an active federal judge for more than a quarter-century, Eleventh Circuit Judge Julie Carnes announced last week that she will take senior status effective June 18, 2018. Judge Carnes has spent her entire career in public service. Following graduation from the University of Georgia Law School in 1975, Judge Carnes clerked for Judge Lewis R. Morgan on the United States...

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