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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...

Get Back to Where You Once Belonged? Court Affirms Dismissal for Lack of Personal Jurisdiction and in Light of Forum Selection Clause

In Don’t Look Media LLC v. Fly Victor Ltd., 999 F.3d 1284 (11th Cir. June 4, 2021), the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal of RICO and state-law claims against an English company and its directors and officers for lack of personal jurisdiction and in light of the forum selection clause included in the parties’ contract. Don’t Look Media (a Delaware LLC based in Florida) licensed...

Class Claims for Declaratory and Supplemental Relief Remanded to State Court

In Mack v. USAA Casualty Insurance Co., 2021 WL 1572709 (11th Cir. Apr. 22, 2021), the Eleventh Circuit dismissed for lack of an Article III “case or controversy” a putative class action in which the plaintiff sought a declaration that his insurer’s adjustment of total loss claims violates Florida law and money damages as corresponding “supplemental relief.”   Leroy Mack brought an...

Increased Risk of Identity Theft Cannot Establish Article III Standing in Data Breach Cases

The Eleventh Circuit has now taken a stand on whether a substantial risk of identity theft, fraud, and other future harm constitutes Article III standing in data breach cases.  Tsao v. Captiva MVP Rest. Partners, LLC, 2021 WL 381948 (11th Cir. Feb. 4, 2021).  In an opinion authored by Senior Judge Tjoflat, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the lower court’s decision, holding that...

Eleventh Circuit Decision Highlights Difficulty of Invoking Federal-Question Jurisdiction Over Claim for Declaratory Relief

The United States Constitution created federal courts of limited subject-matter jurisdiction. Thus, a party filing suit in federal court must assert a claim arising under federal law or demonstrate that the litigants are citizens of different states. Generally, a claim brought pursuant to the federal Declaratory Judgment Act is alone insufficient to invoke federal-question...

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