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Federal Judge Finds Passengers' Cruise-Related Claims Must Be Arbitrated
Posted on 29 Nov 2012 by Mealeys

MIAMI - A Florida federal judge on Nov. 27 found that certain claims asserted by cruise ship passengers, including claims related to lost luggage, must be arbitrated pursuant to an arbitration clause in their cruise ticket but dismissed the majority of... Read More

Class Cert Denied In Suit Over Debt Collector's Automated Phone Calls
Posted on 3 Jan 2013 by Mealeys

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - A Florida federal judge on Dec. 27 denied a motion for class certification in a suit accusing a debt collector of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by using an automatic telephone dialing system or a prerecorded... Read More

Judge Compels Arbitration Of Seaman's Injury Claims Against Carnival
Posted on 4 Oct 2012 by Mealeys

MIAMI - A Florida federal judge on Oct. 2 granted a cruise line's motion to compel arbitration of a seaman's injury-related claims, finding that the worker failed to show that an arbitration clause in his employment contract was against public... Read More

Settlement Earns Partial Approval In Debt Collection Suit
Posted on 25 May 2012 by Mealeys

FORT PIERCE, Fla. - A federal judge in Florida on May 23 certified a class and preliminarily granted partial approval of a settlement in a suit in which a defendant was alleged to have violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) in its attempt... Read More

Federal Judge Compels Arbitration Of Seaman's Claims Against Cruise Line
Posted on 14 Feb 2013 by Mealeys

MIAMI - A Florida federal judge on Feb. 13 granted a cruise line's motion to compel arbitration of a seaman's injury-related claims, finding that the seaman agreed to arbitration when he signed the agreements and that none of his arguments was... Read More

Florida Mom's Battered Woman Defense Doesn't Meet Frye, Appeals Panel Says
Posted on 7 Sep 2012 by Mealeys

LAKELAND, Fla. - A woman convicted of failing to obtain medical care for her baby who was beaten to death by her boyfriend failed to establish admissibility of expert testimony on battered woman syndrome under the Frye test (Frye v. United States, 293... Read More

Federal Judge Compels Arbitration Of Seaman's Injury-Related Claims
Posted on 11 Feb 2013 by Mealeys

MIAMI - A Florida federal judge on Feb. 8 granted a cruise line's motion to compel arbitration of a case filed by an employee who claims he suffered injuries aboard a ship, finding that the arbitration clause in his employment contract was enforceable... Read More

Denture Cream MDL Judge Won't OK Disclosing Discovery To FDA
Posted on 23 Jan 2013 by Mealeys

MIAMI - A Florida magistrate judge on Jan. 18 denied a motion by plaintiffs in the denture cream multidistrict litigation to unseal expert reports and confidential Proctor & Gamble (P&G) Fixodent documents to disclose them to the Food and Drug... Read More

Magistrate Judge: Order Does Not Require Production Of Privileged Records
Posted on 12 Jun 2012 by Mealeys

MIAMI - State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. must produce documents that were generated after it denied coverage of defendants' claim but does not need to turn over documents from that same time period the company contends are privileged, a... Read More

Federal Judge Confirms FINRA Arbitration Award For Financial Services Firm
Posted on 11 Sep 2012 by Mealeys

MIAMI - After finding that an Argentinean investor failed to show that an arbitral panel did not follow Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) rules, a Florida federal judge on Sept. 10 confirmed an arbitration award issued in favor of a financial... Read More

Judge Overturns Portion Of Ruling Allowing Deposition Question To Claims Adjuster
Posted on 15 Aug 2012 by Mealeys

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A federal judge in Florida on Aug. 14 overturned a magistrate judge's ruling requiring a claims adjuster to answer questions about an insurance company's decision to not offer a payment in excess of the limits of a plaintiff's... Read More

Citizens Bank Settles Overdraft Fee MDL For $137.5 Million
Posted on 26 Apr 2012 by Mealeys

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Citizens Financial Group Inc., RBS Citizens N.A. and Citizens Bank of Pennsylvania (collectively, Citizens), in an April 25 joint notice of settlement filed in Florida federal court, have agreed to pay $137.5 million to settle a class... Read More

Magistrate Judge Recommends Class Certification Be Denied To Direct Purchasers
Posted on 15 Mar 2013 by Mealeys

TAMPA, Fla. - A federal magistrate judge in Florida on March 12 recommended that a group of direct purchasers of photochromic lenses be denied class certification in antitrust litigation against the lens manufacturers, concluding that the direct purchasers... Read More

Federal Judge Compels Arbitration Of Seaman's Claims in Panama
Posted on 3 Apr 2012 by Mealeys

MIAMI - After determining that all jurisdictional requirements under the Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitration Awards were met and that a seaman alleging injury-related claims against his employer failed to raise affirmative... Read More

Judge Grants Company's Request For Discovery In NAFTA Arbitration
Posted on 17 Jul 2012 by Mealeys

MIAMI - A Florida federal judge granted a company's application for judicial assistance in obtaining discovery for use in an arbitration dispute with the government of Canada pending under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and denied... Read More

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