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A Sticky Situation: Epoxy Company Is Stuck With Evidence of Intent to Copy, and Evidence of Actual Confusion

The interplay between circumstantial evidence under the Lanham Act’s substantive law of trade dress infringement and the rules for summary judgment was at issue in J-B Weld Co. v. Gorilla Glue Co., 2020 WL 6144561 (11th Cir. Oct. 20, 2020).  In J-B Weld,all three judges agreed that the district court erred in entering summary judgment for the defendant.  In an opinion authored by...

Eleventh Circuit Resets Title VII Retaliation Claim Standard

Undaunted by COVID-19, the Eleventh Circuit pressed forward with its work in Monaghan v. Worldpay US, Inc., 2020 WL 1608155 (11th Cir. Apr. 2, 2020), which reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment for an employer, sending the plaintiff-employee’s Title VII race retaliation claim to a jury. The district court had both applied the wrong standard and failed to limit its...

Eleventh Circuit Emphasizes Importance of Striking Shotgun Pleadings

In a consolidated appeal of two cases filed against banking institutions, the Eleventh Circuit expressed frustration over being “forced to review a judgment that should never have been entered.”  Estate of Bass v. Regions Bank, Inc., 2020 WL 284094 (11th Cir. Jan. 21, 2020).  Rather than striking the complaints as impermissible shotgun pleadings and allowing the plaintiff an...

No State Action Antitrust Immunity for City’s Alleged Tying Arrangement

The City of LaGrange, Georgia was held not to be immune from antitrust liability based on its claim that its actions were authorized by the state, according to the Eleventh Circuit’s August 20, 2019 decision in Diverse Power, Inc. v. City of LaGrange, 2019 WL 3928624. The city provides exclusive water services to its residents and also provides water to users outside the city limits....

Police Detective Can’t Be Fired for Inability to Receive Taser Shock, Holds Divided Panel on Remand from En Banc Court

On August 15, 2019, the Eleventh Circuit decided the employment discrimination case of Lewis v. City of Union City, 2019 WL 3821804, that had been remanded from the en banc court, having decided that the appropriate standard for comparator evidence is whether the proposed comparators are “similarly situated in all material respects.” The panel’s new opinion greatly resembles its first...

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