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Rule 41 Not Proper Method to Dismiss Particular Claims

What is the proper procedure for voluntarily dismissing a count in a civil action? This question is not explicitly answered by the text of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The Eleventh Circuit offered a tutorial in Perry v. Schumacher Group of Louisiana, 2018 WL 2473721 (11th Cir. June 4, 2018), making clear that Fed. R. Civ. P. 41(a)(1)(A) is not an available mechanism for...

Toxicology Expert’s Opinions Properly Excluded for Failure to Consider Dose-Response Relationship or Potential Alternative Causes of Plaintiff’s Disease

In Williams v. Mosaic Fertilizer, LLC, 2018 WL 2191426 (11th Cir. May 14, 2018), the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the District Court’s exclusion of proffered expert testimony by a toxicologist, and of the plaintiff’s proposed lay testimony that her home had “no present value” because of emissions from a nearby fertilizer plant, and affirmed the resulting grant of summary judgment to the...

Bank Did Not Waive Arbitration Rights Against Unnamed Class Members

In the latest appeal emanating from the Checking Account Overdraft Litigation MDL proceeding pending in the Southern District of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit returned to a question that it dodged in a previous appeal: whether Wells Fargo waived its arbitration rights as to unnamed members of a certified class. Gutierrez v. Wells Fargo Bank, NA, No. 16-16820 (11th Cir. May 10, 2018)....

Employee Waived Jury Trial on Formation of Arbitration Agreement

  The Eleventh Circuit labored to disentangle a procedural morass in Burch v. P.J. Cheese, Inc., 2017 WL 2885095 (11th Cir. July 7, 2017), ultimately holding that the plaintiff, a former employee alleging violations of a raft of federal employment laws, failed to perfect his right to a jury trial on the existence of an arbitration agreement between him and the defendant employer. ...