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Foreign Parent Company Not Subject to Personal Jurisdiction Based Solely on Actions of Subsidiary, and Expert Testimony Properly Excluded as Unreliable in Products-Liability Case

In the absence of facts supporting piercing the corporate veil or rendering affiliated companies alter egos, the actions of a subsidiary alone cannot subject a foreign parent company to personal jurisdiction in Florida, the Eleventh Circuit recently confirmed. The court’s decision in Knepfle v. J-Tech Corp., 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 25781 (11th Cir. Sept. 14, 2022), also reviewed the...

Sharing Information with Trusted Vendors Does Not Confer Article III Standing for FDCPA Claim

The en banc Eleventh Circuit has issued its third and presumably final opinion in the tortured history of Hunstein v. Preferred Collection & Management Services, Inc., 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 25233 (11th Cir. Sept. 8, 2022).  The court held that the plaintiff failed to allege facts sufficient to establish Article III standing to assert a claim under the Fair Debt Collection Practices...

Court Confirms That Same Personal-Jurisdiction Standards Apply Under Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments

In Herederos de Roberto Gomez Cabrera, LLC v. Teck Resources Ltd., 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 22473 (11th Cir. Aug. 12, 2022), the Eleventh Circuit held that the “minimum contacts” analysis applied to determine the existence of personal jurisdiction under the Fourteenth Amendment also applies when jurisdiction is asserted under the Fifth Amendment. The case involved a claim by a Florida LLC...

Receiver for Entity Involved in Fraud Lacked Standing to Bring Aiding and Abetting Claims against Bank

A divided Eleventh Circuit panel held in Perlman v. PNC Bank, N.A., 38 F.4th 899 (11th Cir. June 27, 2022), that a court-appointed receiver lacked standing to bring claims against the bank which, he alleged, aided and abetted the fraudulent scheme committed by the companies for which he was appointed receiver. The receiver’s action was thus properly dismissed for lack of subject matter...

Passing the Test: ADA “Tester” Plaintiff Has Standing to Sue Based on Lack of Information on Hotel’s Website

An ADA plaintiff sufficiently pleaded a concrete intangible injury, and thus had standing to sue, when she alleged that she was unable to access information on a hotel’s website about accommodations for persons with disabilities, even though she visited the hotel only as a “tester” plaintiff and had no intent to return. Laufer v. Arpan LLC, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 8270 (11th Cir. Mar. 29,...

Divided Panel Denies Petition to Appeal Sua Sponte Remand to State Court

In Ruhlen v. Holiday Haven Homeowners, Inc., 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 6184 (11th Cir. Mar. 9, 2022), a divided panel of the Eleventh Circuit held that the court lacked appellate jurisdiction to review a district court’s sua sponte remand to state court for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction. The underlying dispute concerned the presence or absence of jurisdiction under the Class Action...

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