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”

The Doctrine of Consular Nonreviewability Does Not Go to Subject-Matter Jurisdiction, Holds Eleventh Circuit

In Del Valle v. Secretary of State, No. 19-14889 (11th Cir. Oct. 26, 2021), the panel in an issue of first impression for the circuit holds that the doctrine of consular nonreviewability – by which a federal court declines to consider a challenge to a consular official’s denial of a visa, Kleindienst v. Mandel, 408Continue reading “The Doctrine of Consular Nonreviewability Does Not Go to Subject-Matter Jurisdiction, Holds Eleventh Circuit”

Second Circuit Holds That States Have Standing to Challenge Cap on SALT Tax Deduction Because of Lost Local Tax Revenue

In New York v. Yellen, No. 19-3962 (2d Cir. Oct. 5, 2021), the Second Circuit holds that four states had standing to challenge the $10,000 cap on the federal income tax deduction for money paid in state and local taxes (SALT) because of the impact on local real estate sales and consequent lost tax revenue.Continue reading “Second Circuit Holds That States Have Standing to Challenge Cap on SALT Tax Deduction Because of Lost Local Tax Revenue”

Plaintiff That Let Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(1) Procedural Error Slip Forfeits Subject-Matter Jurisdiction Under Doctrine of Party Presentation, Holds Eleventh Circuit

In PDVSA US Litig. Trust v. Lukoil Pan Americas, LLC,.No. 19-10950 (11th Cir. Oct. 18, 2021), the plaintiff-appellant failed to raise its best argument on appeal – that the district court decided the central legal issue on the merits on a Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(1) motion to dismiss – and thus loses under theContinue reading “Plaintiff That Let Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(1) Procedural Error Slip Forfeits Subject-Matter Jurisdiction Under Doctrine of Party Presentation, Holds Eleventh Circuit”

D.C. Circuit Panel Splits Over Whether It Has Appellate Jurisdiction to Review Dismissal “Without Prejudice” That Gave Plaintiff Leave to Amend Within 14 Days

In North Am. Butterfly Assoc. v. Wolf,  No. 19-5052 (D.C. Cir. Oct. 13, 2020), a 2-1 panel devotes 41 pages of its opinion (out of 69) to the question of whether it has power to review an ambiguous final judgment. The merits issue in the district court was whether construction of “a segment of theContinue reading “D.C. Circuit Panel Splits Over Whether It Has Appellate Jurisdiction to Review Dismissal “Without Prejudice” That Gave Plaintiff Leave to Amend Within 14 Days”