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Fair Debt Collection Laws May Apply to Mortgage Statements

Answering a question of first impression for the court, the Eleventh Circuit held in Daniels v. Select Portfolio Servicing, Inc., 2022 U.S. App. LEXIS 14013 (11th Cir. May 24, 2022), that a mortgage statement submitted to a borrower may, under certain circumstances, constitute a communication in connection with a debt that is subject to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C....

Plaintiff’s Coal Gasification Claims Go Up in Smoke, $13 Million Verdict on Defendant’s Counterclaim Remains

In MidAmerica C2L Inc. v. Siemens Energy Inc., 25 F.4th 1312 (11th Cir. Feb. 15, 2022), the Eleventh Circuit rejected an appeal from a $13.2 million verdict for the defendant in a lawsuit over coal gasification equipment. In an opinion written by Judge Barbara Lagoa and joined by Judges Newsom and Branch, the court affirmed, holding that the district court did not err by (a) excluding...

Paradise Found: Consumer Not Damaged by Purchasing (and Consuming) Gin Containing Prohibited “Grains of Paradise”

The Eleventh Circuit again had the opportunity to interpret the scope of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA), this time applying the Act’s safe-harbor provision for actions otherwise permitted by law. In Marrache v. Bacardi U.S.A., Inc., 17 F.4th 1084 (11th Cir. Nov. 8, 2021), the court affirmed dismissal of a putative class action that had attempted to hold a...

Treasury Department Conservation Easement Regulation Invalidated

In an important development in the ongoing litigation over taxation of conservation easements, Hewitt v. Commissioner, 2021 U.S. App. LEXIS 38555 (11th Cir. Dec. 29, 2021), invalidated a U.S. Treasury Department regulation issued in 1986 for failure to comply with the Administrative Procedure Act.  The panel reversed a United States Tax Court’s decision, and remanded the case for...

A Debtor by Any Other Name? Court Certifies Question to Florida Supreme Court

Florida law provides that a UCC-1 financing statement is “seriously misleading” if it does not include the debtor’s correct name, unless “a search of the records of the filing office under the debtor’s correct name, using the filing office’s standard search logic, if any, would disclose” the financing statement notwithstanding the misnomer. But how much of a search is required? The...

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