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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...

Judge Tjoflat to Take Senior Status

Judge Gerald B. Tjoflat, the longest-serving federal judge in active service, has announced his intention to take senior status. Judge Tjoflat was appointed to the federal bench by President Nixon and to the then-Fifth Circuit by President Ford. In 1995, the Duke Law Journal published this tribute to Judge Tjoflat by Chief Justice Rehnquist, among others.

No Multiplier for Home Depot Class Action Lodestar Fee Award

In a class action settlement, one of the most difficult issues for negotiation is often how—and how much—class counsel will be paid.  In many cases, a cap on the fee is negotiated:  the defendant agrees not to object to a fee application within the cap, which can be a percentage of the so-called “common fund” received by the class in the settlement, or a fixed amount.  Less common is...

Jury Verdict for FDIC vs. Failed Bank Directors, Officers Upheld

The Eleventh Circuit may have closed the final chapter in the long-running litigation over the failure of the Buckhead Community Bank by affirming a $5 million jury verdict against a group of the bank’s former directors and officers.  FDIC v. Loudermilk, 2109 WL 3282609 (11th Cir. July 22, 2019).  A previous, related court decision during the controversy had disrupted settled...

How Accountable Are You for Your Accountant’s Tax Fraud? The Eleventh Circuit Decides Not to Answer.

In Finnegan v. Commissioner, 2019 WL 2428109 (11th Cir. June 11, 2019), the Eleventh Circuit was asked to review whether a taxpayer may be indefinitely held responsible for the fraud of its paid tax return preparer. It is a question of special interest to small business owners that rely on an outside accountant to help with their taxes. Ultimately, the court chose not to answer the...

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