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Eleventh Circuit Will Not Rehear City’s Fair Housing Act Claim

The Eleventh Circuit has denied a petition to rehear en banc City of Miami Gardens v. Wells Fargo & Co., 931 F.3d 1274 (11th Cir. 2019), which dismissed for lack of standing Fair Housing Act claims brought against Wells Fargo by the City of Miami Gardens.  City of Miami Gardens v. Wells Fargo & Co., 2020 WL 1983892 (11th Cir. Apr. 27, 2020). The city claimed it had standing to...

Undescribed “Beneficial Interest” in Property Insufficient to Confer Article III Standing to Contest Foreclosure

In Thakkar v. Bay Point Capital Partners, LP (In re Bay Circle Properties, LLC), 2020 WL 1696303 (11th Cir. Apr. 8, 2020), the Eleventh Circuit dismissed an appeal because the only appellant remaining after a settlement lacked Article III standing (and in any event failed to meet the “person aggrieved doctrine” standard for appealing a bankruptcy court order). The case originally...

Foundry Employees’ Action is a “Mass Action” Subject to Removal Under the Class Action Fairness Act

The Eleventh Circuit has clarified the scope of the “local event exception” to the federal-court jurisdiction over “mass actions” conferred by the Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”), holding that claims by former foundry employees against manufacturers and distributors of products used at the foundry are not within the exception.  Spencer v. Specialty Foundry Prods. Inc., 2020 WL...

Alleged Economic Loss from Purchasing Illegal Dietary Supplements Is Sufficient to Establish Standing

Allegations that plaintiffs suffered an economic loss when they bought dietary supplements prohibited by a federal statute are sufficient to establish standing to bring a class action against the supplement manufacturer and distributor, according to the Eleventh Circuit. In Debernardis v. IQ Formulations, LLC, 2019 WL 5996589 (11th Cir. Nov. 14, 2019), two individual plaintiffs brought...

Legal Challenge by Frustrated Supporters of 2016 Bernie Sanders Campaign Rejected

As the country approaches the next presidential election in 2020, the Eleventh Circuit closed the book on a putative class action filed by supporters of Bernie Sanders during his last bid for the Democratic Party’s nomination in 2016. Wilding v. DNC Services Corp., 2019 WL 5539021 (11th Cir. Oct. 28, 2019), “pit[ted] a political party against some of its supporters,” who alleged that...

Eleventh Circuit Splits with Ninth in Holding that Recipient of a Single Unsolicited Text Message Lacks Standing to Assert a TCPA Claim

John Salcedo received a single unsolicited text message from the firm of his former lawyer, offering a discount on future services.  Salcedo sued the lawyer and the law firm, seeking statutory and treble damages for alleged violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”).  In his complaint, Salcedo alleged that the text message caused him “to waste his time answering or...

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