State Lacked Standing to Challenge Appointment of Federal Defender in State Post-Conviction Proceedings, Holds Eleventh Circuit

In Booker v. Florida Dep’t of Corr., No. 20-14539 (11th Cir. Jan. 3, 2021), an Eleventh Circuit panel holds that whatever intrusion it might present on an ongoing state proceeding, the state lacks Article III standing to object to appointment of a federal defender to represent a death-row prisoner in a state post-conviction proceeding. BookerContinue reading “State Lacked Standing to Challenge Appointment of Federal Defender in State Post-Conviction Proceedings, Holds Eleventh Circuit”

Eleventh Circuit Casts Doubt on “Matter of Substantive Law” Exception to Appellate Jurisdictional Bar of 28 U.S.C. § 1447(d)

In Vachon v. Travelers Home & Mar. Ins. Co., No. 20-12765 (11th Cir. Dec. 14, 2021), the Eleventh Circuit held that it lacked appellate jurisdiction over a remand order under 28 U.S.C. § 1447(d), rejecting application of the “matter of substantial law” exception. In a concurring opinion, two judges hold that they would have affirmedContinue reading “Eleventh Circuit Casts Doubt on “Matter of Substantive Law” Exception to Appellate Jurisdictional Bar of 28 U.S.C. § 1447(d)”

Seventh Circuit Criticizes District Court’s Delay in Issuing Its Merits Opinion Months After Ordering Dismissal of the Case, Citing Fed. R. App. P. 4(a)(7)(A)(ii)

In The Association of American Physicians & Surgeons v. American Board of Medical Specialties, No. 20-3072 (7th Cir. Oct. 10., 2021), affirming dismissal of an antitrust complaint brought under § 1 of the Sherman Act, the Seventh Circuit criticizes the district court’s delay in issuing the final opinion—a practice that in other circumstances cold “risk[]Continue reading “Seventh Circuit Criticizes District Court’s Delay in Issuing Its Merits Opinion Months After Ordering Dismissal of the Case, Citing Fed. R. App. P. 4(a)(7)(A)(ii)”

“Home State” Exception to Class Action Fairness Act Jurisdiction Does Not Apply Where the “Primary Thrust” of the Case Is Liability Against an Out-of-State Defendant, Fifth Circuit Holds

In Madison v. ADT LLC, No. 21-90028 (5th Cir. Aug. 24, 2021), the panel holds that the district court should have disregarded the nominal in-state defendant when evaluating the “home state” exception to the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA), 28 U.S.C. § 1332(d)(4)(B). It holds that primary defendants include those at whom a lawsuit isContinue reading ““Home State” Exception to Class Action Fairness Act Jurisdiction Does Not Apply Where the “Primary Thrust” of the Case Is Liability Against an Out-of-State Defendant, Fifth Circuit Holds”

Split Second Circuit Panel Holds That Collateral Order Doctrine Allows Interlocutory Review of Order of Fugitive Disentitlement, Creating a Circuit Split

In United States v. Sindzingre, No.19-1698 (2d Cir. Aug. 5, 2021), a 2-1 panel decides both its appellate jurisdiction to review an interlocutory order under the fugitive disentitlement doctrine, disagreeing with the Sixth and Eleventh Circuits. The panel majority also holds that the district court erred in holding that the doctrine applied to “a foreignContinue reading “Split Second Circuit Panel Holds That Collateral Order Doctrine Allows Interlocutory Review of Order of Fugitive Disentitlement, Creating a Circuit Split”

Fifth Circuit Adheres to Granting Interlocutory Review of Denial of State-Action Immunity in Antitrust Cases Under Collateral Order Doctrine, Continuing Circuit Split

In Quadvest L.P. v. San Jacinto River Auth., No. 20-20447 (5th Cir. Aug. 5, 2021), a Fifth Circuit panel holds in a Sherman Act case that, despite every other circuit rejecting its view, it will accept interlocutory review of a defendant’s “entitlement to state-action antitrust immunity in a motion to dismiss” under the collateral orderContinue reading “Fifth Circuit Adheres to Granting Interlocutory Review of Denial of State-Action Immunity in Antitrust Cases Under Collateral Order Doctrine, Continuing Circuit Split”

Tenth Circuit Declines Appellate Jurisdiction to Review District Court’s Findings in Investigation of a U.S. Attorney’s Office

In United States v. Carter, No. 20-3042 (10th Cir. May 4, 2021), the Tenth Circuit holds that it lacks jurisdiction to review a district court’s investigation of recordings of attorney-client communications at a federal detention center, obtained by the United States Attorney’s Office in Kansas (USAO). “After learning that the USAO had these recordings, theContinue reading “Tenth Circuit Declines Appellate Jurisdiction to Review District Court’s Findings in Investigation of a U.S. Attorney’s Office”

Tenth Circuit Finds No “Practical Finality” Exception to Administrative Remand Rule in IDEA Case

In C.W. v. Denver Cnty. Sch. Dict., No. 19-1407 (10th Cir. Apr. 20, 2021), the panel dismisses an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act appeal under the “administrative remand” rule and remands with directions to stay the action pending the administrative hearing. “Through his parents, C.W. sought and received a due process hearing with a stateContinue reading “Tenth Circuit Finds No “Practical Finality” Exception to Administrative Remand Rule in IDEA Case”

Seventh Circuit Goes Off-Script to Express “Grave … Concerns” About Continuation of 1972 Consent Decree

In Shakman v. Clerk of Cook Cnty., No. 20-1828  (7th Cir. Apr. 16, 2021), while affirming the district court’s denial of a motion to vacate a consent decree over hiring in Cook County, Illinois, the panel urges “[d]iligence, not dormancy” in future proceedings. For those living in Northeastern Illinois, the Shakman Decrees are well-known toContinue reading “Seventh Circuit Goes Off-Script to Express “Grave … Concerns” About Continuation of 1972 Consent Decree”

First Circuit Finds an “Exception to the Exception” of the Merger Rule to Review Interlocutory Order

In Commonwealth Sch. Inc. v. Commonwealth Acad. Holdings, No. 20-1112 (1st Cir. Apr. 14, 2021), the First Circuit holds that it has appellate jurisdiction over an interlocutory order denying enforcement of a settlement, in a case testing the length of an exception to the merger rule. The parties, two private schools, were locked in aContinue reading “First Circuit Finds an “Exception to the Exception” of the Merger Rule to Review Interlocutory Order”