Tenth Circuit Holds That a Single Phone Call That the Debtor Didn’t Even Answer Created Standing Under the FDCPA, Breaking with the Seventh Circuit

In a blog entry dated December 16, 2020, I summarized five decisions by the Seventh Circuit that dramatically crimped Article III standing in Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) cases. In yesterday’s decision, Lupia v. Medicredit, No. 20-1294 (10th Cir. Aug. 17, 2021), the Tenth Circuit expressly rejects the Seventh Circuit’s approach and holds thatContinue reading “Tenth Circuit Holds That a Single Phone Call That the Debtor Didn’t Even Answer Created Standing Under the FDCPA, Breaking with the Seventh Circuit”

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”

Class Action Lawyer Persuades Tenth Circuit to Vacate Conditions on Rule 41(a)(2) Dismissal That Limited Him from Refiling Action

In Frank v. Crawley Petroleum Corp., No. 20-6018 (10th Cir. Mar. 29, 2021), the Tenth Circuit holds that a plaintiff’s class-action lawyer has standing to challenge restrictions on his practice that a district court imposed in a Rule 41(a)(2) voluntary dismissal. The class action, removed to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act, concernedContinue reading “Class Action Lawyer Persuades Tenth Circuit to Vacate Conditions on Rule 41(a)(2) Dismissal That Limited Him from Refiling Action”

Memes Admissible as Intrinsic Evidence of Prostitution Charge Under Fed. R. Evid. 404(b)(2), Holds Tenth Circuit

In United States v. Alfred, No. 19-1243 (10th Cir. Dec. 14, 2020), the Tenth Circuit finds no error in admission of memes from the defendant’s social media page as “intrinsic evidence” of his facilitation and solicitation of prostitution under Fed. R. Evid. 404(b)(2) and 403. The defendant allegedly used the social-media site Tagged to operateContinue reading “Memes Admissible as Intrinsic Evidence of Prostitution Charge Under Fed. R. Evid. 404(b)(2), Holds Tenth Circuit”

Court Finding That Defendant Is Competent to Stand Trial Not Subject to Interlocutory Appeal, Holds Tenth Circuit

In United States v. Perea, No. 19-2160 (10th Cir. Oct. 20, 2020), the Tenth Circuit holds that a finding of competency to stand trial in a federal criminal trial is not a collateral order subject to interlocutory appeal. Defendant was indicted on nine counts of child pornography. The district court initially found him not competentContinue reading “Court Finding That Defendant Is Competent to Stand Trial Not Subject to Interlocutory Appeal, Holds Tenth Circuit”

In A 111-Page Opinion, Divided Tenth Circuit Panel Voids a Conviction Because of a “Best Evidence Rule” Violation

In United States v. Chavez, No. 17-8096 (10th Cir. Sept. 30, 2020), the panel majority tosses a conviction based on a violation of the Best Evidence Rule, Fed. R. Evid. 1002. Instead of playing audio recordings of surveillance tapes, the district court made the jury rely on translated paper transcripts. The panel holds that RuleContinue reading “In A 111-Page Opinion, Divided Tenth Circuit Panel Voids a Conviction Because of a “Best Evidence Rule” Violation”

“Improperly Filed” Post-Judgment Motion by Non-Lawyer Did Not Toll Filing Deadline for Appeal, Tenth Circuit Holds

In Bunn v. Perdue, No. 19-2138 (10th Cir. July 28, 2020), the court holds that the automatic tolling for the filing of an appeal under Fed. R. App. P. 4(a)(4)(A) does not apply when a post-judgment motion is “improperly filed” by someone other than counsel of record. Plaintiff, who was represented by counsel, lost hisContinue reading ““Improperly Filed” Post-Judgment Motion by Non-Lawyer Did Not Toll Filing Deadline for Appeal, Tenth Circuit Holds”