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Unregistered Copyright Does Not Preclude Federal Jurisdiction

Capping off an October trio of copyright decisions, the Eleventh Circuit in Fastcase, Inc. v. Lawriter, LLC, 2018 WL 5318148 (11th Cir. Oct. 29, 2018), confirmed that the failure to register a copyright does not defeat federal subject-matter jurisdiction (though it may doom an infringement claim under Rule 12(b)(6)).  The court also held that a plaintiff’s potential liability may be...

Court Rejects ADA Exhaustion Argument for Closed Captions

The court held this week that the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010, which creates an administrative procedure to address videos lacking closed captions before the FCC, does not create an administrative exhaustion requirement for bringing similar issues under the ADA.  Sierra v. City of Hallandale Beach, Florida, (No. 18-10740 11th Cir. Sept. 27th,...

Defendant Sails to Victory in Trade Secret Case

In Yellowfin Yachts, Inc. v. Barker Boatworks, LLC, 2018 WL 3734344 (11th Cir. Aug. 7, 2018), the Eleventh Circuit upheld the dismissal of trade-secret claims related to the manufacture and sale of fishing boats.  Yellowfin Yachts is a manufacturer of high-end fishing boats, allegedly known in the marketplace for the “swept sheer line” of their boats. Yellowfin hired Kevin Barker in...

Procedural Lapses Short-Circuit Attack on Statute Aimed at Incentivizing Nuclear Plant Construction

The abandonment of the V.C. Summer nuclear project in South Carolina and the questionable status of Plant Vogtle in Georgia have garnered headlines in recent months and raised questions about the validity of state statutes authorizing utility companies to preemptively charge customers for the design and construction of new nuclear facilities using rate hikes. In William B. Newton v....

Eleventh Circuit Invalidates FTC Cease and Desist Order

In LabMD, Inc. v. Federal Trade Commission, 2018 WL 3056794 (11th Cir. June 6, 2018), the Eleventh Circuit vacated an FTC cease and desist order, finding that the order was unenforceable because it lacked the required specificity that would enable the order to be enforced by a court. LabMD is a now-defunct medical laboratory. Given the nature of its work, LabMD was subject to...

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