11th Circuit Court

590 ABA Journal 11th Circuit Court articles.

ABA urges 11th Circuit to strike down bail schedules as unconstitutional

For the second time this year, the American Bar Association has urged a federal appeals court to strike down a bail schedule that it says unnecessarily jails indigent defendants.

11th Circuit references Vulcans and bourbon in tossing convictions in alleged ‘bar girls’ scheme

In a colorfully written opinion, a federal appeals court has tossed the convictions of nightclub operators accused of using enticing “bar girls” to lure drunken customers to pay tens of…

First and Second Amendments square off in ‘Docs v. Glocks’ case before en banc 11th Circuit

Should a physician ask a patient about gun ownership, even if she doesn’t appear to have an ailment that could cause her to hurt someone with a firearm? A Florida…

In 4-4 split, Supreme Court refuses to overturn execution stay based on inmate’s dementia

A split U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday refused to overturn a stay of execution for an Alabama inmate whose lawyers claim vascular dementia from strokes makes him incompetent for execution.

Circuits split on privacy rights for video views and third-party data sharing

Sharing consumer data derived from their online video views could violate privacy rights, the Boston-based 1st Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Friday.

The class action involves individuals who downloaded the…

Congress can require pimps to pay restitution to overseas sex-trafficking victims, 11th Circuit says

Congress has the power to require international sex traffickers to pay restitution to their victims for sex trafficking that occurs overseas, a federal appeals court has ruled.

The Atlanta-based 11th…

Retailers may sell books and movies on Rosa Parks without paying her institute

The Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that retailers may sell books and movies about the life of civil rights leader Rosa Parks, the Birmingham…

Ban on credit-card surcharges is a free-speech violation, 11th Circuit says

A federal appeals court has struck down a Florida law barring merchants from imposing a surcharge on customers for credit card use.

The law, which allows discounts for cash, violates…

11th Circuit strikes down Florida’s involuntary commitment law for intellectually disabled

A federal appeals court has struck down Florida’s involuntary commitment law for people with intellectual disabilities because it does not provide for periodic review of the continued confinement.

The Atlanta-based…

ABA urges 11th Circuit to reconsider ban on gun-safety counseling by physicians

The American Bar Association is participating in an effort to win en banc review of a federal appeals court decision last month. It upheld a Florida law restricting physicians from…

3 lawyers ‘maliciously’ set up opposing counsel for midtrial DUI arrest, referee says

Three Florida lawyers violated attorney ethics rules by “deliberately and maliciously” setting up opposing counsel for a drunken-driving arrest during a hard-fought, high-profile defamation trial, a Florida judge acting as…

11th Circuit OKs wire-fraud conviction of lawyer who impersonated state bar official

A former lawyer who, while still in practice, impersonated a Florida Bar official during a 2009 conference call with her boss and mentor, then-attorney Scott Rothstein, says she had no…

2 lawyers who helped 1 client break the law are convicted in unrelated cases

Two different attorneys who at one time represented a convicted Florida con man have been convicted in unrelated cases of helping him break the law.

The latest is attorney Marlon…

Jury awards $2.2M to 2 workers who sued over DNA tests to ID ‘devious defecator’

A federal jury in Georgia has awarded $2.225,000 million to two men required to take DNA tests. They were peformed in an effort to identify a “devious defecator” who left…

Feds arrest 243 in record $712M health care billing-fraud bust

The FBI announced Thursday that 243 people, including nearly 50 health-care professionals, have been arrested in a record Medicare and Medicaid billing-fraud bust.

“They billed for equipment that wasn’t provided,…

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