United States courts of appeals

Florida Appellate Court Reverses Certification of a Class Action Against a Cemetery

August 8, 2013 Class Action
Classification

Class actions are usually won or lost at the class certification phase, when the court determines whether the case can in fact proceed on a class basis. In part guided by legislation that has sought to reign in class action abuse, and in part out of a desire to protect their limited resources from the headache of administering class actions, courts have become more particular about what types of claims will be amenable to class relief. Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal has just entered a ruling that illustrates some of the difficulties with certifying class actions.

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Eligio Cedeño v. Castillo | Case Dismissed

January 27, 2012 United States

In New York, NY, the U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a case against Venezuelan government officials and businessmen accused of violating U.S. RICO statutes. The appellate court determined that the allegations in the complaint, which alleged conduct occurring almost entirely in Venezuela, did not trigger U.S. jurisdiction. The case, Eligio Cedeño v. Castillo, […]

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Let’s Change the Way Supreme Court Justices are Appointed

August 3, 2010 Commentary

Guest Post by Carlos Gonzalez. President Obama was elected on a platform of change. Yet, when it comes to appointing federal judges, especially justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, change is the last thing we have seen. Consider Elena Kagan. I was disappointed by her nomination, not because I disagree with her views on key […]

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Guevara Reward in Peru Spy Case Blocked by 11th Circuit

June 27, 2010 International Assets

In December 2000, Jose Guevara, a former Venezuelan intelligence agent, was introduced by his second cousin to an international fugitive, the target of an international manhunt. Then, spurred in part by the allure of a $5 million reward, Guevara helped authorities capture the fugitive, former Peruvian spy master Vladimiro Montesinos. Montesinos’ capture was considered a […]

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