Fifth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment Where Plaintiff’s Lawyer Did Not Get an Electronic Notification of the Motion

In Rollins v. Home Depot USA, No. 20-50736 (5th Cir. Aug. 9, 2021), the Fifth Circuit affirms summary judgment in “a cautionary tale for every attorney who litigates in the era of e-filing.” The plaintiff’s lawyer missed the filing of a dispositive motion because “his computer’s email system placed that notification in a folder thatContinue reading “Fifth Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment Where Plaintiff’s Lawyer Did Not Get an Electronic Notification of the Motion”

First Circuit Holds That Bankruptcy Rules, Rather Than Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Govern Cases Proceeding Under 28 U.S.C. § 1334(b)

In Roy v. Canadian Pacific Railway Co., No.  17-1108 (1st Cir. June 2, 2021), the First Circuit decides an issue of first impression and holds that those cases proceeding in the district court as “related to” a pending bankruptcy proceeding, 28 U.S.C. § 1334(b), follow the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure rather than the FederalContinue reading “First Circuit Holds That Bankruptcy Rules, Rather Than Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Govern Cases Proceeding Under 28 U.S.C. § 1334(b)”

District Court Abused Discretion by Expanding Remedies on Rule 59(e) Post-Judgment Motion to Reconsider, Holds Fourth Circuit

In JTH Tax, Inc. v. Aime, No. 19-1746 (4th Cir. Jan. 4, 2021), the Fourth Circuit holds that the district court erred – on remand from an earlier appeal – in granting the winning plaintiff (1) additional compensatory damages on the grounds of newly discovered evidence, and (2) nominal damages. Aime operated nine tax franchisesContinue reading “District Court Abused Discretion by Expanding Remedies on Rule 59(e) Post-Judgment Motion to Reconsider, Holds Fourth Circuit”