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Robert Luck and Barbara Lagoa Sworn In as Eleventh Circuit Judges

Two Miami-born, Florida Supreme Court justices have been sworn in to the Eleventh Circuit. Both judges served on Florida’s high court for less than a year before being nominated to the Eleventh Circuit by President Trump in September. Judge Luck, 40, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate by a vote of 64 to 31 in November and sworn in on November 19, 2019. Judge Lagoa, 52, was confirmed with...

Judge Stanley Marcus to Take Senior Status

After more than 20 years serving on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Judge Stanley Marcus has announced his intention to retire in senior status. Judge Marcus is currently among the most senior active judges on the court, second only to Judge Gerald Tjoflat, who recently announced his own intention to take senior status. These retirements will pave the way for...

Judge Tjoflat to Take Senior Status

Judge Gerald B. Tjoflat, the longest-serving federal judge in active service, has announced his intention to take senior status. Judge Tjoflat was appointed to the federal bench by President Nixon and to the then-Fifth Circuit by President Ford. In 1995, the Duke Law Journal published this tribute to Judge Tjoflat by Chief Justice Rehnquist, among...

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...

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