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11th Circuit Court

614 ABA Journal 11th Circuit Court articles.

11th Circuit rules for Southern Poverty Law Center in defamation suit over hate group designation

A federal appeals court has affirmed dismissal of a conservative Christian group’s lawsuit alleging that the Southern Poverty Law Center defamed the church by designating it a hate group.

Reversing course, 11th Circuit halts CDC cruise ship safety rules after Florida seeks SCOTUS review

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Atlanta on Friday vacated an earlier order that had kept in place rules for reopening cruise ships set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

11th Circuit keeps CDC cruise ship rules in place

Rules for reopening cruise ships set out by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will remain in effect as a result of an order Saturday by a federal appeals court.

Florida resident loses First Amendment appeal in suit over rejection of his mansion plans

A federal appeals court has rejected constitutional claims by a Florida resident who sued when a town rejected his plans for a new beachfront mansion that would be dissimilar to nearby homes.

Appeals court confirms bribery convictions of lawyer, coal company executive

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals at Atlanta has upheld the convictions of a Birmingham, Alabama, lawyer and an Alabama coal company executive in a scheme to bribe a state legislator to thwart U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cleanup efforts.

Removal of ‘Holy Spirit’ juror requires new trial for former lawmaker, en banc 11th Circuit rules

Former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown of Florida is entitled to a new trial in an alleged charity scam because a federal judge removed a juror for his "Holy Spirit" remark, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday in a 7-4 en banc decision.

Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer accused of laundering cash from undercover agent; Justice Barrett lists home for nearly $900K

Lawyer is charged with laundering cash for undercover agent

Prominent Dallas lawyer Rayshun “Ray” Jackson of the Jackson Law Firm has been charged with laundering money acquired from an undercover…

Former death row inmate thanks God and his lawyers for his release after 30-plus years in prison

A former death row inmate in Florida told reporters Thursday that he thanked God and his legal team for his release from prison.

11th Circuit decision ‘effectively closes the internet’s doors to the blind,’ plaintiff’s lawyers say

Websites are not public accommodations that must be accessible to blind customers unless they create an intangible barrier that excludes disabled people from accessing goods and services in a physical store, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

Afternoon Briefs: 5 Jones Day plaintiffs drop claims; no immunity for cop who shocked girl during seizure

Only 1 plaintiff remains in Jones Day pay-bias suit

Five of six former associates suing Jones Day for gender bias have dropped their claims. The move follows a decision…

Advanced border searches of electronic devices don’t require probable cause, 1st Circuit rules

A federal appeals court has upheld government policies that allow basic searches of electronic devices at the border without reasonable suspicion and advanced searches only with reasonable suspicion.

No federal appeals court has more female than male judges; which one is evenly balanced?

Just one federal appeals court has an equal number of active male and female judges.

Afternoon Briefs: These SCOTUS justices skipped the inauguration; student loan deferments extended

3 SCOTUS justices didn’t attend the inaugurations of Biden and Harris

The U.S. Supreme Court’s three oldest justices did not attend President Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday: Stephen G. Breyer, 82;…

Transformation of judiciary is Trump’s ‘most consequential accomplishment,’ says nonprofit founder

President Donald Trump has appointed 54 of the nation’s federal appellate judges during his four years in office, just one judge short of the number appointed by President Barack Obama in his two terms.

Sanctions upheld for lawyer who included an original haiku in filing and cited Bugs Bunny

A federal appeals court has upheld sanctions imposed on a lawyer who filed “lengthy and superfluous filings” in a dispute with his brother, including a brief that was “littered with exclamation points and rants.”

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