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Court Grants En Banc Rehearing in Employment Retaliation Case

The Eleventh Circuit today granted the defendant employer’s petition for rehearing en banc in Gogel v. Kia Motors Manufacturing of Georgia, Inc., 904 F.3d 1226 (11th Cir. 2018). The now-vacated panel opinion, authored by Judge Martin, had affirmed summary judgment for the defendant on the plaintiff’s discrimination claims but revived her claim for retaliation. Judge Julie Carnes wrote...

Offer to “Resolve” Time-Barred Debt States Fair Debt Collection Claim

The Eleventh Circuit took on a circuit-splitting issue under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act in Holzman v. Malcolm S. Gerald & Associates, 2019 WL 1495642 (11th Cir. Apr. 5, 2019).  The case arose from the defendants’ efforts to collect a time-barred debt.  The plaintiff alleged that the collection letter he received was “false, deceptive, or misleading,” in violation of...

Loan Servicer’s “Obvious” Willful Violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act Warrants Revival of Plaintiffs’ Claims for Emotional-Distress and Punitive Damages

Last week, in Marchisio v. Carrington Mortgage Services, LLC, 2019 WL 1320522 (11th Cir. Mar. 25, 2019), the Eleventh Circuit, taking a somewhat exasperated tone, addressed claims against a mortgage servicer whose repeated misreporting of a consumer account—even after a history of litigation and two settlement agreements—was an “obvious” violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The...

Eleventh Circuit Upholds Constitutionality of Giving Preclusive Effect to Engle Jury Findings on Intentional Torts

Recently, in Searcy v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., 2018 WL 4214594 (11th Cir. Sept. 5, 2018), the Eleventh Circuit held that giving preclusive effect to a Florida jury’s findings that tobacco companies had concealed the health impacts of smoking did not violate the Due Process Clause when the defendants had notice and an opportunity to be heard. This is the latest in a line of “Engle...

Judge Julie Carnes to take Senior Status, Opening Seat on Eleventh Circuit

After serving as an active federal judge for more than a quarter-century, Eleventh Circuit Judge Julie Carnes announced last week that she will take senior status effective June 18, 2018. Judge Carnes has spent her entire career in public service. Following graduation from the University of Georgia Law School in 1975, Judge Carnes clerked for Judge Lewis R. Morgan on the United States...

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