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Full Court Nixes Appeal of Antitrust Immunity Ruling

Sitting en banc, the Eleventh Circuit unanimously held in SmileDirectClub, LLC v. Battle, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 21393 (11th Cir. July 20, 2021), that an interlocutory appeal may not be taken under the collateral order doctrine from the denial of the state-action antitrust immunity conferred by Parker v. Brown, 317 U.S. 341 (1943).  The case involved an action brought against members of...

Derivative Jurisdiction Doctrine Does Not Apply to Personal Jurisdiction

In the category of legal doctrines that have outlived whatever usefulness that they once had falls the doctrine of “derivative jurisdiction”—that a federal district court must dismiss a removed case if the state court from which it was removed lacked subject-matter jurisdiction. The doctrine was repealed by statute for cases removed under the general removal provision, 28 U.S.C. §...

Eleventh Circuit Reverses Forum Non Conveniens Dismissal

In Otto Candies, LLC v. Citigroup, Inc., 2020 WL 3550680 (11th Cir. July 1, 2020), the Eleventh Circuit reversed the forum non conveniens dismissal of a complaint brought by two U.S. plaintiffs, and 37 foreign plaintiffs, against U.S.-based Citigroup. The plaintiffs, asserting RICO, fraud, and other state-law claims, alleged that they had contracted with or invested in a Mexican...

Court Refuses Stay of COVID-19 Abortion Injunction

COVID-19 is showing its across-the-board implications and triggering quick action from courts.  Though the high-profile abortion case of Robinson v. Attorney General, Alabama, 2020 WL 1952370 (11th Cir. Apr. 23, 2020), might not ordinarily be featured in this blog, the case represents the first round of COVID-19 cases to make its way up to the Eleventh Circuit and highlights the...

Eleventh Circuit Considers Issue of First Impression Regarding Rule 41(d) Awards of Costs

Although parties generally bear their own costs upon voluntary dismissal of a federal case, there are, as with most rules, exceptions. For example, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(d), if a plaintiff voluntarily dismisses an action and then files a second action “based on or including the same claim,” the court may: (1) “order the plaintiff to pay all or part of the costs...

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