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“Business Development Managers” Fall Under FLSA Administrative Exemption, Not Entitled to Overtime

In Brown v. Nexus Business Solutions, LLC, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 8777 (11th Cir. Apr. 1, 2022), the Eleventh Circuit held that “business development managers,” tasked with persuading corporate customers to purchase General Motors vehicles for their fleets, are not entitled to overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The business development managers were employed...

Court Vacates Preliminary Injunction Enforcing Non-Disclosure Covenant Where Former Employer Did Not Allege Any Prior Violation and Did Not Establish a Legitimate Business Interest in Customer Relationships

In an appeal of a preliminary injunction, the Eleventh Circuit dismissed part of the appeal as moot while vacating the remaining provisions of the preliminary injunction. Vital Pharm., Inc. v. Alfieri, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 1771 (11th Cir. Jan. 20, 2022). Vital Pharmaceuticals, Inc. brought suit against four former employees and a competitor based on certain restrictive covenants in its...

Appeal on the Merits Untimely, and Costs Award to Defendant Under Rule 68 Affirmed, in FLSA Case

In a hectic end to 2020, we almost overlooked an interesting appellate procedure opinion affecting FLSA cases, Vasconcelo v. Miami Auto Max, Inc., 981 F.3d 934 (11th Cir. 2020). In Vasconcelo, the Eleventh Circuit dismissed an FLSA plaintiff’s appeal on the merits as untimely; affirmed the district court’s attorneys’ fees award, which awarded less than the plaintiff had sought; and...

Administrative Feasibility Not Separate Class Certification Requirement

The Eleventh Circuit aligned itself last week with the majority of circuits in holding that a threshold determination that identifying class members is administratively feasible is not a separate requirement for class certification. The ruling, in the closely-watched case of Cherry v. Dometic Corp., 2021 WL 346121 (11th Cir. Feb. 2, 2021), which attracted numerous amicus briefs,...

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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