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TB Scare Patient Seeks To Sue CDC

ATLANTA - (AP) Attorneys for an Atlanta man who was thrust into the center of a 2007 international tuberculosis scare said Tuesday federal health officials publicized his condition to make an example out of him in an effort to win more funding to fight the disease. Andrew Speaker's attorneys. . ...

Patient In 2007 TB Scare Can Go Ahead With Lawsuit

ATLANTA - (AP) A man who was thrust into the center of a 2007 tuberculosis scare will be allowed to move forward with his lawsuit against the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Full version available to lexis.com subscribers .

11th Circuit Speeds Up Health Overhaul Appeal

(AP) A federal appeals court has agreed to act swiftly in considering a Florida judge's ruling that President Obama's health care overhaul is unconstitutional. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta said Friday that it had agreed to expedite the appeal, setting a faster timetable. . . ...

Court: Can Officials Be Sued For False Testimony?

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court will decide whether government officials who testify falsely while acting as a complaining witness have absolute immunity from civil lawsuits . The high court on Monday agreed to hear an appeal from Charles Rehberg, who sent faxes criticizing the Phoebe Putney...

Federal Government Appeals Judge's Health Care Ruling

ATLANTA - (AP) The federal health care overhaul's core requirement to make virtually all citizens buy health insurance or face tax penalties is constitutional because Congress has the authority to regulate interstate business, the Justice Department said in its appeal of a ruling that struck down...

States Ask 11th Circuit To Overturn Obama Health Care Overhaul

ATLANTA - (AP) More than two dozen states challenging the health care overhaul urged a U.S. appeals court on Wednesday to strike down the Obama administration's landmark law, arguing it far exceeds the federal government's powers. The motion, filed on behalf of 26 states, urges the 11th Circuit...

11th Circuit Hears Oral Arguments In Lawsuit Over Health Care Law

ATLANTA - (Mealey's) An 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel heard more than two hours of oral argument on June 8 in the federal government's challenge to a district court's decision finding the minimum coverage provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) unconstitutional...

11th Circuit: Heath Care Reform Law's Individual Mandate Is Unconstitutional

ATLANTA - (Mealey's) A split 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on Aug. 12 reversed summary judgment involving the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act but said the health care reform law's mandate that American buy health insurance or pay a penalty is unconstitutional ( State of...

11th Circuit Strikes Health Insurance Requirement

ATLANTA - (AP) A federal appeals panel struck down the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's sweeping health care overhaul Friday, moving the argument over whether Americans can be required to buy health insurance a step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court. The divided three-judge panel of the 11th...

Ballard Spahr LLP: 11th Circuit Weighs In On AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion

By the Consumer Financial Services Group As previously reported , in AT&T Mobility LLC v. Concepcion the U.S. Supreme Court on April 27, 2011, held that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts California law classifying most class action waivers in arbitration agreements as unconscionable....

States Petition Supreme Court In Health Care Act Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) States challenging the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) filed a petition on Sept. 28 for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, saying an 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals decision affirming that the individual mandate contained in the act...

Government Petitions U.S. Supreme Court In Health Care Act Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The federal government on Sept. 28 filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, saying the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals erred in affirming that the individual mandate contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is unconstitutional...

Oral Argument Heard In Appeal Of Telephone Consumer Protection Act Suit

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 28 heard oral arguments in an appeal of an 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that it lacked subject matter jurisdiction over a consumer's Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) claim against a debt collection agency ( Marcus...

High Court: District Courts Not Deprived Of Jurisdiction Over TCPA Claims

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991's (TCPA) "permissive grant of jurisdiction to state courts" does not deprive federal district courts of federal question jurisdiction over private TCPA lawsuits, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled Jan. 18...

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees To Hear 'Defalcation' Bankruptcy Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 29 agreed to hear a case to determine whether a defalcation was committed by a debtor who, prior to filing for bankruptcy, had been appointed the trustee of his father's life insurance trust and took out three loans from the trust he...

High Court Hears Arguments On State-Action Doctrine In Hospital Merger Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 26 heard oral arguments regarding whether the state-action doctrine applied to immunize a merger between two Georgia hospitals from the Federal Trade Commission's challenge that the transaction substantially lessened competition or...

High Court Will Consider Whether Reverse-Payment Settlements Are Anti-Competitive

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey's) The Supreme Court on Dec. 7 granted the Federal Trade Commission’s petition for a writ of certiorari seeking consideration of whether reverse-payment settlements of patent litigation between the holder of a drug patent and generic manufacturers of the drug...

Supreme Court Says Hospital Merger Not Immune From Antitrust Scrutiny

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 19 ruled that the state-action doctrine does not immunize the merger between two Georgia hospitals from the Federal Trade Commission's challenge that the transaction substantially lessened competition in the market for hospital services...

U.S. Supreme Court Remands Bankruptcy Defalcation Case, Says Higher Standard Needed

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on May 13 unanimously vacated and remanded a case involving a bank's claim that a debtor who had acted as trustee for his father's insurance trust was guilty of defalcation for making loans to himself during the time he had control of the...

Ballard Spahr LLP: Supreme Court Ruling Could Alter Class Action Landscape

By Mark J. Levin | The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide a case that could alter the landscape of federal class action litigation. Granting the defendant’s petition for certiorari in Campbell-Ewald Company v. Gomez , the Court will review (1) whether a case becomes moot, and thus beyond...

DLA Piper: 11th Circuit Opinion On Ascertainability Will Likely Make It Tougher To Certify Class Of Purchasers Of Small-Dollar Consumer Products

By E. Colin Thompson | A panel of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, in an unpublished opinion, has issued a much-anticipated decision regarding the implicit ascertainability requirement for class certification. The court held that a plaintiff cannot establish that a class is ascertainable...

Ballard Spahr LLP: 11th Circuit: Rule 23 Trumps State Law Limitation On Class Actions

By Michael R. Carroll, Burt M. Rublin, and Neal Walters Dealing a blow to defendants facing consumer fraud litigation in the 11th Circuit, the court of appeals for that circuit has reinstated a class action under the Alabama Deceptive Trade Practice Act (ADTPA), despite that the ADTPA itself expressly...