11th Circuit Court

590 ABA Journal 11th Circuit Court articles.

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,…

11th Circuit OKs in-cell trial of defendant who said he would come to court ‘kicking and screaming’

A defendant has a constitutional right to be present at his own trial.

But what if he insists on creating a disruption there, shouting and physically acting out?

That was…

ABA asks SCOTUS to overturn Florida law allowing divided juries to recommend death penalty

The American Bar Association filed an amicus brief (PDF) on Thursday asking the nation’s top court to overturn Florida law allowing a jury to recommend the death penalty by…

Conduct of judge arrested for alleged domestic assault might be impeachable, judicial council says

The actions of a federal judge arrested for an alleged domestic assault may have been grounds for impeachment, according to an order by a federal judicial council.

The Alabama judge,…

Foreclosure-rescue law firm and others ordered to pay $27M, but their assets total only about $655K

A federal judge has ordered a Florida foreclosure-rescue law firm, its former managing partner and affiliated companies to pay a $27.7 million judgment for charging homeowners illegal upfront fees and…

Federal judge resigns nearly a year after his arrest

Corrected: U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller of Alabama has announced he will resign effective Aug. 1, nearly a year after he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his then-wife at…

Laid-off law firm workers file WARN suit seeking back pay and benefits for some 700 employees

Two former employees of Butler & Hosch have filed a WARN suit seeking back pay and benefits from the dissolving law firm for themselves and nearly 700 other workers.

Those…

After a week in jail, tearful mom agrees to have 4-year-old son circumcised

Jailed for the past week after being held in contempt and charged with interfering with child custody, a Florida mom on Friday tearfully agreed to the circumcision of her four-year-old…

Air bag maker Takata’s expanded recall of nearly 34M vehicles is largest ever

After sparring with U.S. regulators over the past year, Takata Corp. has expanded its recall of defective air bags to nearly 34 million vehicles.

Announced Tuesday, the recall is the…

Insurers seek $47M from 2 men convicted in airline billing-fraud scheme

Two men stole tens of millions of dollars from Delta Air Lines and Northwest Airlines over a 20-year period through a relatively simple billing fraud, authorities say.

Now two insurance…

11th Circuit nixes lawyer’s work-product claim, says he must produce documents to client’s creditor

A federal appeals court has upheld an attorney-client privilege ruling by a trial court judge, putting a Georgia criminal defense attorney in an uncomfortable position.

If Jerry Froelich Jr. discloses…

Earlier clean-costume dispute helped fired Disney workers get rehired in Lion King case

More than a decade ago, a dispute over the condition of skintight underwear performers at Walt Disney World were required to don beneath their costumes led to new contract provisions…

Man admits role in law firm scam; says he funneled $2.5M via 38 accounts last year

A Florida man has agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit money laundering in federal court in Tampa, concerning his role in a scheme that scammed law firms.

Muhammad…

Federal prosecutor and ATF agent sidelined after affair comes to light; 3 new trials granted so far

During his trial for selling guns illegally, a client of Georgia defense attorney Amy Lee Copeland’s watched a federal prosecutor challenge his girlfriend’s credibility as a witness.

The girlfriend shouldn’t…

Federal judge strikes ‘impertinent’ allegations against Prince Andrew and attorney Alan Dershowitz

A federal judge in West Palm Beach, Florida, has struck third-party allegations concerning claimed sexual activities by Prince Andrew and attorney Alan Dershowitz from an ongoing lawsuit against the U.S.…

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