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Alabama can't ban consumer protection class actions, the Eleventh Circuit ruled yesterday. The state's consumer protection law prohibits deceptive practices, but doesn't allow wronged consumers to bring class actions. That put it in conflict with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure which, at least in federal court, allow class action suits.

Applying highly fractured Supreme Court precedent, the Eleventh Ruled that the federal rules trump the state law. The ruling allows plaintiffs to continue to pursue their class action, in federal court, against wood manufacturers who allegedly failed to properly treat their wood.

If you sabotage your own trial, don't expect a successful appeal in the Eleventh. That's the lesson a Georgia man who stole over $4 million in a yearlong credit card scam learned the hard way, recently.

Jean-Daniel Perkins attempted to avoid conviction by refusing counsel and not attending his trial. Perkins thought he had found "one weird trick" to beat the legal system. And now, judges do hate him, and his tricks didn't work.


Poultry Handlers Use RICO to Sue Over Illegal Immigrant Coworkers

Mellissa Simpson started at $8.50 per hour in 2008. When she quit in 2010, she was making $11.40.

Sabrina Roberts made $8.50 to start in 2009, and $11.55 when she left in 2010.

Were these unskilled poultry handlers underpaid? Better yet, were they underpaid because their wages were artificially suppressed by the alleged hiring of a pool of undocumented immigrant workers?

This was the crux of their class action civil RICO argument, one that just got Twombley'd in the Eleventh Circuit.

Rule Changes: 11th Cir. Hikes Fees, Adopts Fed. Changes, and More

Did you wonder how that whole shutdown nonsense was going to affect you? If you guessed "fee hikes," you get a cookie. Well, not really, those aren't in the budget. But you do get to pay more for filing a case in the Eleventh Circuit, unless, of course, you work for a government agency.

(Government causes shut down. Government gets free cases. Private citizens pay the tab. God Bless 'Merica.)

And if you were just settling in to Eleventh Circuit practices, procedures, and rules, we have more bad news: the rules just changed, both locally and federal system-wide.

Historically Black College Pays for Racial Slurs, Bad Lawyers

A double bench-slapping? Yes, please.

Alabama State University recently found itself on the losing end of a racial and sexual harassment verdict, brought after three former employees alleged that they were subject to repeated harassment and usage of the words "n----" and "b----" by one of their supervisors.

The other supervisor reportedly sexually harassed at least one of the women, and threatened retaliation if the women participated in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's investigation.

Blondes Don't Have More Fun When Their Scalps Are Burning

As Judge Ed Carnes notes this week, "behind every beautiful thing there's been some kind of pain."

That's right: Our favorite Eleventh Circuit jurist is quoting Bob Dylan as he gives a dissatisfied bottle blonde another shot at her products liability claim.

'Half-Baked' Insult and Wine Lead to Attorney Sanctions

The First Amendment doesn't give lawyers license to criticize judges in court pleadings, according to Lawyerist.

Monday, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals concluded that there's no authority for the idea that the First Amendment shields a lawyer who files an inappropriate and unprofessional pleading from sanctions.

Comments by Candlelight? Judicial Conference Proposes Amendments

As of Monday night, more than 30,000 residents in Broward and Palm Beach Counties were without power thanks to Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac.

So what’s a lawyer to do while waiting for the power to return?

First, consider purchasing a generator for the next storm. Then, review the Judicial Conference’s proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Practice and Procedure on your wee, back-lit smartphone screen.

Eleventh Circuit Won't Consider Motion for Attorney's Fees

Attorneys like to be paid, so it’s understandable that a lawyer would zealously pursue a motion for attorney’s fees. A zealous appellate argument, however, can be premature when there are competing motions for attorney’s fees in a district court.

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently noted that it lacked jurisdiction to rule on a fee appeal because a district court hasn’t issued a final ruling on a motion for attorney’s fees.

Five Things to Know About Eleventh Circuit Bar Admission

Here at FindLaw, we understand the pressures of being a legal professional - most of us are recovering lawyers - so we want to help by tossing you that preferred life preserver of the legal profession, the short list.

Now that hurricane season is almost over, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals seems like a much more appealing circuit for appellate practitioners. Interested? Here are five things you need to know about Eleventh Circuit bar admission.