Once District Court Enters Remand Order Under 28 U.S.C. § 1447(c), It Cannot Revisit That Decision Under Fed. R. Civ. P. 59, Holds Eighth Circuit

In Stone v. J&M Securities, LLC, No. 21-3422 (8th Cir. Dec. 19, 2022), the Eighth Circuit vacates an amended judgment entered in response to a motion for reconsideration under Fed. R. Civ. P 59(e). The panel holds that the order dismissing the plaintiffs’ state-law claims on the merits, though erroneous, could not be corrected post-judgmentContinue reading “Once District Court Enters Remand Order Under 28 U.S.C. § 1447(c), It Cannot Revisit That Decision Under Fed. R. Civ. P. 59, Holds Eighth Circuit”

Eighth Circuit Vacates Judgments in Favor of 177 Plaintiffs Confirming Arbitration Awards Due to Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction

In Hursh v. DST Systems, Inc., No 21-3554 (8th Cir. Nov. 28, 2022), appeals of awards to 177 claimants –who prevailed in ERISA arbitrations about losses in their 401(k) profit sharing plan – result in the judgments being vacated and remanded owing to doubts about the district court’s subject-matter jurisdiction. “DST was the Plan’s sponsor,Continue reading “Eighth Circuit Vacates Judgments in Favor of 177 Plaintiffs Confirming Arbitration Awards Due to Lack of Subject Matter Jurisdiction”

Eighth Circuit Sides with Fifth Circuit that States Lack Article III Standing to Challenge the Biden Administration’s Executive Order on Climate Change

In State of Missouri v. Biden, No. 21-3013 (8th Cir. Oct. 19, 2022), the Eighth Circuit rejected a challenge by thirteen states to the president’s executive order reinstating a governmental taskforce on climate change, abrogating several executive orders of the past administration, and directing that climate data be gathered for regulatory cost-benefit analysis. The decisionContinue reading “Eighth Circuit Sides with Fifth Circuit that States Lack Article III Standing to Challenge the Biden Administration’s Executive Order on Climate Change”

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”

Court Could Judicially Notice That a Federal Prison Hospital Was Within the “Special Maritime and Territorial Jurisdiction” of the United States, Holds Eighth Circuit

Upholding the conviction of a federal prisoner for assaulting a fellow inmate, the Eighth Circuit holds in United States v. Love, No. 20-3386 (8th Cir. Dec. 14, 2021) that it did not violate the defendant’s Sixth Amendment rights for the court rather than the jury to find that the place of the assault was withinContinue reading “Court Could Judicially Notice That a Federal Prison Hospital Was Within the “Special Maritime and Territorial Jurisdiction” of the United States, Holds Eighth Circuit”

Eighth Circuit Agrees With Third and Seventh That Social Media Site May Be Authenticated With Extrinsic Evidence Under Fed. R. Evid. 901(a)

In United States v. Lamm, No. 20-1128 (8th Cir. July 29, 2021), the Eighth Circuit affirmed a conviction for distribution, production, and possession of child pornography, holding that the district court did not err in admitting evidence from the defendant’s Facebook page over objections to authentication and hearsay. “A Homeland Security Special Agent was investigatingContinue reading “Eighth Circuit Agrees With Third and Seventh That Social Media Site May Be Authenticated With Extrinsic Evidence Under Fed. R. Evid. 901(a)”

Opening a Trap for the Unwary, the Eighth Circuit Holds That the Fourteen-Day Period to File a Fee Petition Under Fed. R. Civ. P. 54 Applies to Preliminary Injunctions

In Spirit Lake Tribe  v. Jaeger, No. 20-2142 (8th Cir. July 16, 2021), the Eighth Circuit holds that a fee petition for work performed on a preliminary injunction must be submitted within 14 days of the interlocutory order, rather than waiting until the final judgment, contrary to the Advisory Committee Note’s commentary. “The plaintiffs suedContinue reading “Opening a Trap for the Unwary, the Eighth Circuit Holds That the Fourteen-Day Period to File a Fee Petition Under Fed. R. Civ. P. 54 Applies to Preliminary Injunctions”

Defendant Waited Too Long to Move for Forum Non Conveniens, Holds Eighth Circuit

In Hersh  v.  CKE Restaurants Holdings, Inc., No. 19-2794 (8th Cir. Apr. 28, 2021), the Eighth Circuit holds that under any standard of timeliness, the defendants waited too long to raise their forum non conveniens defense – 18 months after the case commenced. The case involved a wrongful death, an electrocution at an indoor playgroundContinue reading “Defendant Waited Too Long to Move for Forum Non Conveniens, Holds Eighth Circuit”

Eighth Circuit Affirms Assault Conviction Over a Host of Hearsay Objections

In United States v. Earth, No. 19-1555 (8th Cir. Jan. 11, 2021), the Eighth Circuit upholds a conviction for assault on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, overruling several hearsay objections including comments made for medical treatment and “excited utterances.” Defendant Earth was charged with stabbing a cousin during a domestic dispute. “At trial, the defense concededContinue reading “Eighth Circuit Affirms Assault Conviction Over a Host of Hearsay Objections”

Eighth Circuit Finds That Judge Who Opined from Bench That the Federal Criminal Justice System “Sucks” and Is “Really Harsh” Tainted Proceedings and Necessitates Resentencing

It is a hard rule that a judge “must not participate in [plea] discussions,” Fed. R. Crim. P. 11(c)(1). In United States v. Harrison, No. 19-2234 (8th Cir. Sept. 10, 2020), a judge committed plain error by talking a criminal defendant out of a plea deal by assuring him – incorrectly – that he wouldContinue reading “Eighth Circuit Finds That Judge Who Opined from Bench That the Federal Criminal Justice System “Sucks” and Is “Really Harsh” Tainted Proceedings and Necessitates Resentencing”