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Court Revives Suit Against Employer that Allegedly Denied Woman Promotion for Not Being Korean

  The Eleventh Circuit recently gave new life to a plaintiff’s claims of employment discrimination. Jerberee Jefferson v. Sewon America, Inc., No. 17-11802 (11th Cir. June 1, 2018). Jerberee Jefferson, an African-American woman, filed suit against her former employer, Sewon America, Inc., for racial discrimination and retaliatory termination.  Although Jefferson began her career...

En Banc Reminder: Even Self-Serving and Uncorroborated Affidavits Can Preclude Summary Judgment

On January 31, 2018, the full Eleventh Circuit held “that an affidavit which satisfies Rule 56 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure may create an issue of material fact and preclude summary judgment even if it is self-serving and uncorroborated.” United States v. Stein, 2018 WL 635960 (11th Cir. Jan 31, 2018) (en banc). The court treated the case as an opportunity to bring its tax...

Defending Insurance Company Not Liable for Legal Expenses Its Insured Incurred Before Notifying Insurer

An insurer is not required to pay the legal fees its insured had incurred before notifying the insurer of the litigation, according to the Eleventh Circuit’s decision in EmbroidMe.com, Inc. v. Travelers Property Casualty Co. of America, 2017 WL 74694 (Jan. 9, 2017).  Applying Florida law, the court affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the insurer. The insured...

Post-Acquisition Conduct Fails Concerted Action Requirement Under Sherman Act

The Eleventh Circuit found two grounds independently sufficient to affirm summary judgment in an antitrust case, Procaps S.A. v. Patheon, Inc., 2016 WL 7487726 (11th Cir. Dec. 30, 2016). The court ruled that summary judgment was proper both because the plaintiff could not establish the concerted action requirement based on post-acquisition conduct by one party to a joint venture...

District Court Improperly Excluded Co-Worker’s Affidavit in Granting Summary Judgment to Employer on Sex Discrimination Claim

In a published opinion in Furcron v. Mail Centers Plus, LLC, 2016 WL 7321211 (Dec. 16, 2016), the Eleventh Circuit reversed the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the defendant on the plaintiff’s sex discrimination claim and affirmed the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the defendant on the plaintiff’s retaliation claim. On the sex discrimination claim, the...

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