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Declaratory Judgment Did Not Extinguish Right to Demand Prejudgment Interest Under Georgia Law

In FDIC v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s of London, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 23203 (11th Cir. Aug. 19, 2022), the Eleventh Circuit held that a demand for prejudgment interest made after entry of a declaratory judgment was timely under Georgia law. The FDIC, as receiver for Omni National Bank, sued some of Omni’s former officers and directors for negligence. Those cases settled, with the...

Eleventh Circuit Upholds “Floating” Forum Selection Clause

In AFC Franchising, LLC v. Purugganan, 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 22323 (11th Cir. Aug. 11, 2022), the Eleventh Circuit held that an individual consented to personal jurisdiction and venue by agreeing to a “floating” forum selection clause. Danilo Purugganan entered into a “Master Developer Agreement” with Doctors Express Franchising in 2009. The parties agreed that the contract would be...

Interlocutory Appeal Properly Taken from Declaratory Judgment on Insurer’s Duty to Defend; Ambiguous Exclusion Construed in Favor of Coverage

When a liability insurer seeks a declaratory judgment on whether it has a duty to defend and indemnify an insured, and the district court enters an order finding a duty to defend but putting off a decision on the duty to indemnify, is that nonfinal order subject to interlocutory appeal? In James River Insurance Co. v. Ultratec Special Effects Inc., 22 F.4th 1246 (11th Cir. Jan. 13,...

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...

Class-Action Plaintiff Lacks Standing to Challenge Policy Interpretation After Exhaustion of Personal Insurance Benefits

Citing a lack of standing, the Eleventh Circuit threw out an insurance class action that had been pending for several years in A&M Gerber Chiropractic LLC v. GEICO General Insurance Co., 2019 WL 1746869 (11th Cir. Apr. 19, 2019), leaving unsettled an “important issue” related to personal-injury-protection (PIP) benefits under Florida’s Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law. The named...

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