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Eleventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal With Prejudice of Auto Shops’ RICO Complaint Against Insurers

The Eleventh Circuit has affirmed the dismissal with prejudice of a putative class action brought by auto body collision repair shops against dozens of insurers and alleging RICO violations, fraud, and unjust enrichment.  Crawford’s Auto Center, Inc. v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., 2019 WL 6974428 (Dec. 20, 2019). The plaintiffs alleged that the defendant insurers...

No TCPA Liability for Faxes That Do Not Market a Product

“Unsolicited advertisements” prohibited by the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) do not include faxes that merely facilitate the purchase of a product but do not promote the sale of products, the Eleventh Circuit confirmed in Florence Endocrine Clinic, PLLC v. Arriva Medical, LLC, 2017 WL 2415966 (11th Cir. June 5, 2017). The defendant was a supplier of medical equipment...

No ERISA Claims for Multi-Employer Pension Fund Contributor

Responding to a pension fund’s dire financial condition, its board passed an amendment requiring employers withdrawing from the fund to pay a portion of the fund’s deficiency. One contributing employer, WestRock, then sought a declaratory judgment that the amendment violated ERISA, arguing on appeal that it had a claim under 29 U.S.C. §§ 1132(a)(10) or 1451(a). Whether these provisions...

Dismissal of VPPA Class Action Against CNN Affirmed, But Spokeo Standing Upheld

The Eleventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action against CNN in a case concerning the CNN app that the plaintiff downloaded to his iPhone. Perry v. Cable News Network, Inc., 2017 WL 1505064 (11th Cir. Apr. 27, 2017). The plaintiff Perry alleged that CNN violated the Video Privacy Protection Act (“VPPA”) by tracking his view of news articles and videos and...

Unlawful and Non-Competitive Parallel Conduct is Still Insufficient to State a RICO Claim

The Eleventh Circuit relied on Twombly’s heightened pleading standard in affirming a dismissal for failure to state a RICO claim in Almanza v. United Airlines, 2017 WL 957191 (11th Cir. Mar. 13, 2017). The plaintiff Mexican nationals, representing a putative class, were charged a tourism tax by the defendant airlines as part of their airfare, purportedly required under Mexican law,...

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