En Banc Fourth Circuit Clarifies That Order of Dismissal Without Prejudice but No Leave to Amend Is Appealable “Final Order” Under 28 U.S.C. § 1291

In Britt v. DeJoy, No. 20-1620 (4th Cir. Aug. 17, 2022), the unanimous en banc Fourth Circuit abandons a case-by-case approach to finality under 28 U.S.C. § 1291 and adopts a bright-line rule that “[w]hen a district court dismisses a complaint or all claims without granting leave to amend, its order is final and appealable.”Continue reading “En Banc Fourth Circuit Clarifies That Order of Dismissal Without Prejudice but No Leave to Amend Is Appealable “Final Order” Under 28 U.S.C. § 1291”

En Banc Fifth Circuit Reaffirms Fourteenth Amendment Limits on Fifth Amendment Personal Jurisdiction Over a Foreign Defendant, Rejecting Bid to Overrule Prior Decisional Law on This Issue

In Douglass v. Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha, No. 20-30379 (5th Cir. Aug. 16, 2022) (en banc), the Fifth Circuit holds 12-5 that the Fourteenth Amendment due process standards for personal jurisdiction over foreign defendants applies equally to the Fifth Amendment due process clause. A prior panel decision had agreed, see May 3, 2021 blog, butContinue reading “En Banc Fifth Circuit Reaffirms Fourteenth Amendment Limits on Fifth Amendment Personal Jurisdiction Over a Foreign Defendant, Rejecting Bid to Overrule Prior Decisional Law on This Issue”

Unquantified Nominal Damage Award Rendered Judgment Non-Final, Holds Eighth Circuit

In Perficient, Inc. v. Munley, No. 21-2121 (8th Cir. Aug. 9, 2022), the Eighth Circuit was compelled to dismiss an appeal of a summary judgment decision for the plaintiff because the judge left the nominal damage award unfinished. “Perficient moved for summary judgment against its former employee Munley and Munley’s new employer Spaulding Ridge inContinue reading “Unquantified Nominal Damage Award Rendered Judgment Non-Final, Holds Eighth Circuit”

Sixth Circuit Holds That 18 U.S.C. § 3731 Gives It Appellate Jurisdiction Over Order Denying Motion to Admit Government’s Evidence in Terrorism Prosecution

In United States v. Musaibli, No. 22-1013 (6th Cir. Aug. 2, 2022), holds that 18 U.S.C. § 3731, which gives the court of appeals jurisdiction to hear the U.S. Government’s appeal of any “decision or order of a district court suppressing or excluding evidence” also applies to a lower-court order denying the government’s motion toContinue reading “Sixth Circuit Holds That 18 U.S.C. § 3731 Gives It Appellate Jurisdiction Over Order Denying Motion to Admit Government’s Evidence in Terrorism Prosecution”

Seventh Circuit Notes Important Difference Between Rejected Fed. R. Civ. P 68 Offer and Non-Rule 68 Settlement Offer in Determining Reasonable Attorney’s Fee

In Cooper v.  Retrieval Masters Creditors, No. 18-2358 (7th Cir. July 29, 2022), the Seventh Circuit vacates and remands an attorney’s fee award that was improperly reduced in a Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) case in reliance on a rejected, non-Rule 68 settlement offer in a mediation. “In February 2016, defendant Retrieval‐Masters Creditors BureauContinue reading “Seventh Circuit Notes Important Difference Between Rejected Fed. R. Civ. P 68 Offer and Non-Rule 68 Settlement Offer in Determining Reasonable Attorney’s Fee”

District Court Erred by Deciding Motion to Dismiss on Letter Submissions Without Warning to Parties, Second Circuit Holds

In Int’l Code Council v. UpCodes, No. 21-826 (2d Cir. July 29, 2022), a Second Circuit panel criticizes the practice of a district court judge who rules on dispositive motions based on cross-letter submissions by the parties. “International Code Council, Inc. (‘ICC’), a nonprofit organization that develops model building codes and standards, sued a for-profitContinue reading “District Court Erred by Deciding Motion to Dismiss on Letter Submissions Without Warning to Parties, Second Circuit Holds”

Split Fifth Circuit Panel Holds That Parents of Children with Disabilities Lacked Article III Standing to Demand Mask-Mandates Against COVID in Public Schools

In E.T. v. Paxton, No. 21-51083 (5th Cir. July 25, 2022), a Fifth Circuit panel splits three ways on whether a group of parents had standing to sue Texas Governor Greg Abbott, the state’s attorney general, and other officers to enjoin an executive order that banned mask mandates in schools, specifically as an accommodation forContinue reading “Split Fifth Circuit Panel Holds That Parents of Children with Disabilities Lacked Article III Standing to Demand Mask-Mandates Against COVID in Public Schools”

District Court Did Not Abuse Discretion Under Fed. R. Civ. P. 21 in Dropping Non-Diverse Party Added to Complaint Days After Removal, Holds Third Circuit

In Avenatti v. Fox News Network LLC, No. 21-2702 (3d Cir. July 21, 2022), the Third Circuit affirms a decision of the district court to drop a defendant added to a complaint, just days after its removal, under Fed. R. Civ. P. 21. When non-diverse defendants are named in the state-court complaint prior to removalContinue reading “District Court Did Not Abuse Discretion Under Fed. R. Civ. P. 21 in Dropping Non-Diverse Party Added to Complaint Days After Removal, Holds Third Circuit”

A Failure to Timely Cross-Appeal an Issue Is Not Jurisdictional and Thus Objection to Such an Omission Can Be Forfeited, Holds Sixth Circuit

In Georgia-Pacific Consumer Prods. v. NCR Corp., No.18-1806 (6th Cir. July 14, 2022), in an order denying rehearing en banc, the panel amends its original order with an appendix to hold that any objection to a party’s failure to timely cross-appeal from a final judgment does not go to subject-matter jurisdiction, and thus may beContinue reading “A Failure to Timely Cross-Appeal an Issue Is Not Jurisdictional and Thus Objection to Such an Omission Can Be Forfeited, Holds Sixth Circuit”

Sixth Circuit Adopts Narrower “Forum State” Approach to Nationwide Service of Process under 18 U.S.C. § 1965(b) of RICO Act, Joining Majority View in Circuit Split

In Peters Broadcast Eng’g, Inc. v. 24 Capital, LLC, No. 21-3849 (6th Cir. July 13, 2022), the Sixth Circuit joins six other circuits in holding that, for nationwide service of process under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (“RICO”), 18 U.S.C. § 1965, at least one defendant must be subject to personal jurisdiction inContinue reading “Sixth Circuit Adopts Narrower “Forum State” Approach to Nationwide Service of Process under 18 U.S.C. § 1965(b) of RICO Act, Joining Majority View in Circuit Split”