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Eleventh Circuit Holds Unaccepted Rule 68 Offer To Named Plaintiffs Does Not Moot A Class Action

The Eleventh Circuit recently held that a defendant may not moot a class action through an unaccepted Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 68 offer of complete relief to the named plaintiffs—but not to class members—before the...more

11th Circuit Rules Unaccepted Offers of Judgment Do Not Moot Action

With apologies to Tampa Bay Buccaneer fans, I write today about a recent 11th Circuit opinion involving the Buccaneers Limited Partnership (“BLP”) and the more than 100,000 unsolicited faxes sent by BLP, advertising tickets...more

Class Action Not Mooted by Unaccepted Rule 68 Offers of Judgment to Putative Class Representatives, 11th Circuit Holds

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit recently held that a class action was not mooted by the unaccepted offers of judgment made by the defendant to each putative class representative in the full amount of his or her...more

Offer of Judgment to Named Plaintiff Did Not Moot Putative Class Action, According to Eleventh Circuit

Following the Supreme Court’s decision in Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk, 133 S. Ct. 1523 (2013), lawyers have debated whether a defendant can defeat a class action by offering full relief to the named plaintiff(s),...more

Eleventh Circuit: Rule 68 Offers of Judgment Do Not Moot Putative Class Actions

On December 2, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed a district court order dismissing a putative class action as moot, holding that: (1) an unaccepted Rule 68 offer of judgment does not...more

Eleventh Circuit Joins Circuit Split On Whether Offers of Judgment May Moot Individual Or Class Claims

On December 1, 2014, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals joined the growing nationwide split between Circuits over whether an unaccepted offer of judgment under Fed. R. Civ. P. 68 may moot an individual plaintiff’s claim...more

Thanks Obama (For America)! Single Defendant’s Offer Of Judgment Does Not Moot Claim Seeking Relief from Multiple Defendants

Lori Shamblin filed a putative class action against Obama For America, alleging that she had received two unsolicited telephone calls to her cellular phone that were made with an auto-dialer and used pre-recorded messages, in...more

Welcome to the Fall 2014 Issue of Appellate News!

In This Issue: - Appeals Begin At The Trial Stage, Not After - Robinson+Cole Wins At The Second Circuit - The Dangers Of Mootness Hiding In Plain Sight - Excerpt from Appeals Begin At The Trial...more

Court Lets Plaintiff Revive Mooted Claims In Second Action Against Same Defendants

The Eastern District of New York recently denied a motion to dismiss and found that the plaintiff’s claims were not precluded by a different court’s ruling that the same claims against the same defendants had been mooted by...more

Motion for Discovery Denied as Moot

GEA Process Engineering, Inc. v. Steuben Foods, Inc., (IPR2014-00041) Paper 38, (IPR2014-00043), Paper 37, (IPR2014-00051), Paper 36. (IPR2014-00054), Paper 35, (IPR2014-00055), Paper 29 (June 3, 2014), the Board denied...more

Bankruptcy Beat: Luck of the Irish Cannot Save Debtor’s Bankruptcy Appeal of Order Granting Relief from the Stay

The importance of obtaining a stay pending appeal of a bankruptcy court order lifting the automatic stay was recently illustrated in Dunne v. Ulster Bank (In re Dunne), 13 cv 00996-JBA (Mar. 11, 2014). In the Dunne case,...more

Appeal Not Moot, Though Disputed Policy Had Been Revised

In a decision issued on February 4, 2014, the Seventh Circuit examined the mootness doctrine in an appeal of the denial of a preliminary injunction that challenged a facility use policy for a war memorial. Smith v. Exec. Dir....more

Equitable Mootness: Two Recent Third Circuit Decisions

Equitable mootness is a judge-made remedy that is misnamed. Judges apply it to seek an equitable result, but mootness in the constitutional sense is absent. Article III, section 2 of the U.S. Constitution bars federal...more

Rule 68 Offer That Excludes Individual Claim Does Not Moot Putative FLSA Collective Action

The recent decision in Silva v. Tegrity Personnel Svcs., Inc., Case No. 4:13-cv-00860 (S.D. Tex. 12/5/2013), suggests that some district courts haven’t fully embraced the Supreme Court’s holding in Genesis Healthcare Corp. v....more

It's Official - Offering Full Monetary Relief Without A Judgment Will Not Moot FLSA Case

Last year we reported on the Eleventh Circuit's decision in Zinni v. ER Solutions, Inc. (11th Cir., August 27, 2012), which seemed to signal that a defendant in a Fair Labor Standards Act case cannot moot the case by...more

Court Of Appeals Holds Claims Against The U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service For Failure To Comply With The Endangered Species Act Are...

On August 20, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia held (pdf) that appellants’ claims against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for an alleged failure to take certain actions under the...more

Can "Mooting" a Class or Collective Action Be a Sound Defense Strategy?

Procedural rules that govern lawsuits in federal court permit defendants to make an “offer of judgment,” which is a mechanism allowing a defendant to offer to settle a lawsuit....more

Pick Off the Plaintiff? Rule 68 Offers of Judgment Gain Significant Importance Following New Supreme Court Decision

Last month, the United States Supreme Court (Supreme Court) provided an unexpected gift to entities facing collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by holding that defendants may moot such a case by making...more

Federal Rule 68 and FLSA Collective Actions

In Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk, 133 S. Ct. 1523 (2013), the Supreme Court of the United States last month ruled that an offer of judgment, which the parties agreed was sufficiently generous to satisfy the sole...more

Man-to-Man Defense Clears Court: Early Judgment Offers Will Satisfy Named Plaintiff's Claims…For Now

In its recent decision in Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk, the U.S. Supreme Court aided employer efforts to "pick off" named plaintiffs in collective actions for unpaid wages brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act...more

California Employment Law Notes - May 2013

Kenneth Hatai sued his employer (CalTrans) and his supervisor (Sameer Haddadeen), alleging discrimination based on his Japanese ancestry and the fact that he was not of Arab ancestry like Haddadeen. The case was tried to a...more

“Picking Off” Plaintiffs in FLSA Collective Actions: Genesis HealthCare Corp. v. Symczyk

Earlier this month in Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk, 133 S. Ct. 1523 (2013), the U.S. Supreme Court held that it is permissible for defendants to “pick off” plaintiffs in FLSA collective actions. In jurisdictions that...more

Recent Supreme Court Decision Highlights Some Pitfalls of Federal Appellate Procedure

Rarely do dissenting Justices advise practitioners to ignore a majority opinion. But, because the five-Justice majority in Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk, No. 11- 1059, 569 U.S. __ (2013), assumed without deciding an...more

Employers May Be Able to “Pick Off” Named Plaintiffs in FLSA Collective Actions

In its April decision in Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk, the U.S. Supreme Court buttressed employers’ efforts to “pick off” named plaintiffs in collective actions for unpaid wages brought under the Fair Labor Standards...more

Supreme Court Holds that Early Offer of Judgment Moots Nascent FLSA Collective Action

On April 16, 2013 the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the Third Circuit’s decision in Genesis HealthCare Corp. v. Symczyk and held that a Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) collective action became moot once the employer’s made a...more

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