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Wrongful death case in Marine captain's 2010 death remanded to Florida district court

ATLANTA (Florida Record) — The wrongful case of a 26-year-old U.S. Marine captain killed in a plane crash in 2010 is on its way back to a district court in Florida after a Georgia appeals court denied a defense counsel appeal that the case should be dismissed "on political question grounds."

Appeals court upholds NLRB’s ruling approving union election for Martha’s Vineyard bus drivers

ATLANTA -- The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled it was well within the jurisdiction of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to overrule objections of Transit Connection, Inc. (TCI) and declare that a vote by the company’s bus drivers to allow union representation was valid.

Federal court rejects time limitation finding in Iraq corruption case

A federal judge has revived a whistleblower’s False Claims Act lawsuit that accuses two U.S. military contractors in Iraq of bribery and rigging bids.

Miami attorney suspended following conviction on SEC charges in StratoComm attorney letters fraud

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Miami attorney Stewart Alan Merkin, practicing in Florida for about 45 years, has been suspended following a Aug. 24 Florida Supreme Court after his conviction on U.S. Security And Exchange Commission allegations that he violated federal securities laws, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Court affirms summary judgment backing Sam's Club in personal injury case

ATLANTA - The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a summary judgment decision by a district court in favor of Sam's Club. The decision was appealed by a customer who was injured after slipping and falling on a slippery substance in the frozen food aisle inside one of Sam's Club stores.

11th Circuit affirms denial of summary judgment in excessive-force case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit Court on March 13 affirmed a trial court's decision to deny a motion for a summary judgment filed by the Palm Beach Sherrif's Office in a civil action against one of its officers for excessive force and violating the 4th Amendment.

Appeals court rejects bid for new trial in excessive force case against Naples police officer

ATLANTA - In a unanimous decision, the 11th Circuit Court rejected an appeal for a new trial against a city of Naples police officer accused of invasion of privacy, excessive force, making a false arrest and malicious prosecution.

Appeals court backs dismissal of karaoke track provider’s trademark infringement claims

A federal appeals court has affirmed the dismissal of trademark and copyright infringement claims brought by Phoenix Entertainment Partners over karaoke tracks it created under the Sound Choice brand.

Federal court denies RBC Bank's arbitration motion in debit transaction class action

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit on Feb. 13 affirmed a lower court's denial of RBC Bank’s motion for arbitration in a class-action case initiated by account holders accusing it of rearranging debit card transactions for increased overdraft charges.

Florida appeals court reverses $15,000 for damages in Kia warranty claim

TAMPA -- A Florida's Second District Court of Appeal has reversed a $15,000 judgment to Kristopher Doughty and Katarzyna Dziewiecien after a jury found Kia Motors America Inc. liable for breaching a motor vehicle warranty.

11th Circuit affirms fee award in case over remarks on patented medical treatment

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit panel has affirmed a lower court award of fees to a doctor who had claimed another doctor disparaged his patented treatment.

Court upholds ruling to dismiss allegations against lenders, Bank of America

ATLANTA -- The 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has affirmed a ruling to dismiss allegations against Ocwen Loan Servicing LLC, Bank of America and Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems.

11th Circuit upholds ruling against tobacco companies in COPD case

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has upheld a jury award in the case of a woman who sued three tobacco companies claiming smoking their cigarettes caused chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

11th Circuit issues decision in business lawsuit that has been in court for over 10 years

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has determined a debt owed between business partners cannot be discharged based on a bankruptcy claim.

64-year-old's layoff financially motivated, doesn't violate federal law, 11th Circuit rules

The layoff of a 64-year-old Jacksonville maritime employee whose job was then held by a much younger co-worker in 2014 didn't violate federal law and was motivated by financial factors, an appeals court recently ruled.

11th Circuit upholds decision in wrongful death claim involving Indian River County inmate

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has upheld a lower court decision in a wrongful-death lawsuit involving an Indian River County Jail inmate.

Coach who bullied Miami Dolphins player loses defamation suit

The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Miami Dolphins offensive line coach James Turner, who was fired in 2014 for bullying a player, has no case against the law firm that investigated the bullying incident.

11th Circuit affirms lower court decision in two Broward County education cases

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has affirmed a lower court’s ruling in an Individuals with Disabilities Education Act case that has traversed the state’s court system for more than a decade.

Former Commodores member cannot use group's name, court says

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit has said a member of The Commodores who later left cannot use the group's name.

Attorney's conduct results in $5,000 sanction order

ATLANTA -- The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a sanction order against an attorney who admitted she was wrong but then went back on her word.