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Dual Jobs and Dueling Opinions: Divided Panel Reverses Summary Judgment in Employer’s Favor in FLSA Case

A divided panel of the Eleventh Circuit reversed summary judgment for the employer on an employee’s Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) claims in Rafferty v. Denny’s, Inc., 13 F.4th 1166 (11th Cir. 2021). Lindsay Rafferty, who had been a Denny’s server, claimed that the restaurant violated the FLSA in paying her sub-minimum wage for time she spent doing non-tip-producing work. The...

Third-Party Counterclaim Defendants’ Removal Bid Foiled

“Perhaps some might think removal is not the most riveting topic,” begins Judge Robin Rosenbaum’s opinion for the court in Bowling v. U.S. Bank National Association, 2020 WL 3424928 (11th Cir. June 23, 2020). (Not so with our readers, most of whom relish a good removal.) The removal issue in Bowling stemmed from the Supreme Court’s decision in Home Depot U.S.A., Inc. v. Jackson, 139 S....

Eleventh Circuit Upholds Forum-Selection Clause

In DeRoy v. Carnival Corp., 2020 WL 3525536 (11th Cir. June 30, 2020), the Eleventh Circuit upheld a forum-selection clause requiring litigation of claims in federal court.  Plaintiff-Appellee Carmela DeRoy sued Defendant-Appellant Carnival Corporation after she injured her foot on a rug while onboard the Carnival Valor.  The contract DeRoy entered into when she booked her ticket had a...

Eleventh Circuit Weighs in on Circuit Split as to Whether Guarantors are “Applicants” under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act

The Eleventh Circuit in Regions Bank v. Legal Outsource PA, 2019 WL 4051703 (11th Cir. Aug. 28, 2019), was tasked with answering a question that has divided the circuits: whether a guarantor constitutes an “applicant” under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act. And the question divided the panel as well, with Judges William Pryor and visiting District Court Judge K. Michael Moore in the...

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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