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What Is an Illegal Human Life Wagering Contract?

According to the Eleventh Circuit, that life insurance policy you took out on your own life with the intent to sell it to a stranger may not in fact be void as an illegal wagering contract.  In Jackson National Life Insurance Co. v. Crum, 54 F.4th 1312 (11th Cir. 2022), the Eleventh Circuit adopted the Georgia Supreme Court’s answer to a certified question on this subject,...

Divided Court Holds Settlement Agreement Between Cable Provider and Installation Contractor Not the Result of Duress

A party negotiating an agreement may employ leverage or “arm-twisting” to consummate a transaction. At some point, however, tough business tactics may result in a claim of duress, jeopardizing the validity of the agreement.  In Cableview Communications of Jacksonville, Inc. v. Time Warner Cable Southeast, LLC, the Eleventh Circuit considered such a claim, ultimately finding in favor of...

Judge Branch Confirmed to Court

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Elizabeth “Lisa” Branch to sit on the Eleventh Circuit, with a vote of 73 to 23. Judge Branch was nominated to the court by President Trump in September 2017, and has served on the Georgia Court of Appeals since 2012. Posted by Stacey Mohr.