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Litigation Continues Over Estate of Wealthy Businessman from the Republic of Georgia

In re Fisher Island Investments, No. 12-15595 (Feb. 20, 2015), a consolidation of four separate appeals, is just one part of the global litigation over the estate of Arkadi (“Badri”) Patarkatsishvili, a wealthy businessman and politician from the Republic of Georgia. Two groups, one consisting of Bardi’s immediate family and led by his widow, the […]

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Eleventh Circuit Holds 16-Level Sentencing Enhancement for Prior Crime of Violence Invalid

In United States v. Estrada, No. 14-10230 (Feb. 6, 2015), the Eleventh Circuit held that the district court erred in applying a 16-level enhancement triggered by a prior “crime of violence” to Estrada’s sentence for illegal re-entry after being deported subsequent to an aggravated felony conviction. In August 2004, Rudy Estrada, a Mexican citizen, was […]

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Mooting the Appeal: Eleventh Circuit Finds Automatic Expiration of Preliminary Injunction by Statute Moots an Appeal of the Injunction

In United States v. Secretary, Florida Department of Corrections, No. 14-10086 (Feb. 27, 2015), the Eleventh Circuit dismissed Florida’s appeal of the preliminary injunction leveled against it and vacated the district court for the Southern District of Florida’s orders entering and clarifying the injunction. The injunction itself arose after a series of legal battles between […]

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The Eleventh Circuit Rejects Alabama’s Interpretation of The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act

In United States v. Alabama, No. 14-11298 (Feb. 12, 2015), the Eleventh Circuit held that the State of Alabama’s election scheme was incompatible with the requirements of The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) because the Act requires that absentee ballots be provided to overseas citizens and military voters forty-five days before any […]

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Eleventh Circuit Vacates Order, Holds Unnamed Plaintiffs Not Certified and Named Plaintiffs Lack Standing

In Spears-Haymond v. Wells Fargo Bank, No. 13-12082 (Feb. 10, 2015), the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the district court lacked jurisdiction to consider unnamed class members’ potential claims against Wells Fargo. This action arises from the result of five separate putative class action cases.  The plaintiffs in Garcia v. Wachovia Corporation claimed that Wells Fargo […]

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