Oral Bench Ruling Was Final Decision That Triggered Running of Time to Appeal, Holds Fifth Circuit

In Ueckert v. Guerra, No. 22-40263 (5th Cir. June 27, 2022), the Fifth Circuit dismissed as untimely an appeal filed 412 days after a verbal bench order was entered on the docket. “There is at least one exception to the maxim ‘no news is good news.’ When a lawyer has an outstanding motion but hasn’tContinue reading “Oral Bench Ruling Was Final Decision That Triggered Running of Time to Appeal, Holds Fifth Circuit”

Split Second Circuit Panel Upholds Federal Judicial Power to Appoint Special Prosecutor Under Fed. R. Crim. P. 42(a) to Press Criminal Contempt

In United States v. Donziger, No. 21-2486 (2d Cir. June 23, 2022), a 2-1 panel majority turns back constitutional challenges to the district court’s power under the Appointments Clause, U.S. Const. art. II, § 2, cl. 2, and Fed. R. Crim. P. 42(a) to appoint special prosecutors in a criminal contempt case. The appeal arisesContinue reading “Split Second Circuit Panel Upholds Federal Judicial Power to Appoint Special Prosecutor Under Fed. R. Crim. P. 42(a) to Press Criminal Contempt”

Split Ninth Circuit Panel Applies Prior Exclusive Jurisdiction Rule to Affirm Dismissal of Federal Action Against State Insurance Commission

In Applied Underwriters v. Laras,  No. 21-15679 (9th Cir. June 10, 2022), a split panel affirms the dismissal of a federal civil-rights action in favor of a pending state conservatorship action, but disagrees on the grounds. The panel majority would affirm under the prior exclusive jurisdiction rule, while the concurring judge would rely (as didContinue reading “Split Ninth Circuit Panel Applies Prior Exclusive Jurisdiction Rule to Affirm Dismissal of Federal Action Against State Insurance Commission”

No Interlocutory Appeal of Decision Denying Summary Judgment on Title VII “Ministerial Exception” Defense, Split Tenth Circuit Panel Holds

In Tucker v. Faith Bible Chapel Int’l., No. 20-1230 (10th Cir. June 7, 2022), a 2-1 panel of the Tenth Circuit holds that there is no appellate jurisdiction under the collateral-order doctrine to review the denial of summary judgment on the “ministerial exception” recognized by the U.S. Supreme Court. Two Supreme Court decisions from theContinue reading “No Interlocutory Appeal of Decision Denying Summary Judgment on Title VII “Ministerial Exception” Defense, Split Tenth Circuit Panel Holds”

Plaintiffs’ “Mad-Libs-Style Complaints” Alleging Americans with Disabilities Act Violations Lacked Plausible Grounds for Article III Standing, Holds Split Second Circuit Panel

In Calcano v. Swarovski N.A. Ltd., No. 20-1552 (2d Cir. June 2, 2022), a 2-1 panel of the Second Circuit holds—in a case involving four blind plaintiffs—that a template complaint used by a law firm in scores of ADA public-accommodation cases that it filed lacked enough in the way of facts to plausibly allege anContinue reading “Plaintiffs’ “Mad-Libs-Style Complaints” Alleging Americans with Disabilities Act Violations Lacked Plausible Grounds for Article III Standing, Holds Split Second Circuit Panel”

Seventh Circuit Busts Plaintiffs for “Judge Shopping,” Vacates and Remands Second Case to Be Reassigned to the Original Judge

In Ewing v. Carrier, No. 21-2890 (7th Cir. May 25, 2022), the Seventh Circuit skips a decision on the merits of a fraud and breach or contract case, finding that it was related to a pending case and should not have been filed as a new matter in front of a second judge. It vacatesContinue reading “Seventh Circuit Busts Plaintiffs for “Judge Shopping,” Vacates and Remands Second Case to Be Reassigned to the Original Judge”

On Remand from U.S. Supreme Court, First Circuit Upholds Original Decision to Remand Massive Fossil-Fuel Case to Rhode Island State Court

The First Circuit returns to State of Rhode Island v. Shell Oil Prods. Co., LLC, No. 19-1818 (1st Cir. May 24, 2020) – previously discussed on this blog on November 20, 2020 (No Appellate Jurisdiction Over Remand Order Under 28 U.S.C. § 1447(d) Except on Federal-Officer Ground, Holds First Circuit) – and addresses the unansweredContinue reading “On Remand from U.S. Supreme Court, First Circuit Upholds Original Decision to Remand Massive Fossil-Fuel Case to Rhode Island State Court”

Class Counsel Incurs Seventh Circuit Criticism for Calling Objector’s Counsel A “Notorious Professional Objector” in a Brief

In Petri v. Stericycle, Inc. No. 20-2055 (7th Cir. May 19, 2022), the Seventh Circuit vacates and remands a 25% class-action fee award in a securities case, ordering reconsideration of evidence that lead class counsel benefitted from prior litigation and other factors, and—in a parting shot—criticizes lead counsel for going after the objector’s lawyer individuallyContinue reading “Class Counsel Incurs Seventh Circuit Criticism for Calling Objector’s Counsel A “Notorious Professional Objector” in a Brief”

Third Party Could Not Intervene in Settled Individual Civil Rights Case to Turn It into a Rule 23 Class Action, Seventh Circuit Holds

In Ali v. City of Chicago, No. 21-1536 (7th Cir. May 17, 2022), the Seventh Circuit holds that a district court did not abuse its discretion by refusing to grant Fed. R. Civ. P. 24 intervention into an existing but settled individual § 1983 claim with the intention of converting it into a Fed. R. Civ.Continue reading “Third Party Could Not Intervene in Settled Individual Civil Rights Case to Turn It into a Rule 23 Class Action, Seventh Circuit Holds”

Ninth Circuit Vacates Conviction Because District Court’s COVID-19 Precautions, Which Prevented Any Video Streaming, Deprived the Defendant of a Sixth Amendment Public Trial

In United States v. Allen, No. 21-10060 (9th Cir. May 16, 2022), the Ninth Circuit holds that a district court’s COVID-19 precautions that denied the public streamed hearings of a criminal defendant’s case violated his Sixth Amendment rights and required a new suppression hearing and trial. “At the height of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020,Continue reading “Ninth Circuit Vacates Conviction Because District Court’s COVID-19 Precautions, Which Prevented Any Video Streaming, Deprived the Defendant of a Sixth Amendment Public Trial”