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11th Circuit Holds Eighth Amendment Applies To FCA Monetary Awards In Non-Intervened Cases

Published: Jan 27, 2022
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The Eleventh Circuit recently held that the Eighth Amendment's prohibition on excessive fines applies to monetary awards in non-intervened FCA actions—the first federal court of appeals directly to address the application of this constitutional protection in non-intervened cases. See Yates v. Pinellas, No. 20-10276 (11th Cir.). However, the panel concluded...

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U.S. Court Of Appeals Rules That Student “Snapchat Bullying” Is Not A First Amendment Protected Activity

Published: Jan 25, 2022
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In the recent decision entitled Doe v. Hopkinton Public Schools, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit rejected students' contention that posting abusive and embarrassing video of another student online was protected speech. The student members of the high school hockey team sued the Hopkinton (Mass.) school district, the...

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N.Y. Court Of Appeals Abolishes Jurisdiction Over Foreign Corporations Solely Based On Consent By Registration

Published: Jan 23, 2022
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New York, N.Y. (January 11, 2022) - The New York Court of Appeals' decision in Aybar v. Aybar, 2021 N.Y. Slip Op. 05393, issued on October 7, 2021, overturned over 100 years of precedent in ruling that foreign corporations are no longer subject to being dragged into lawsuits in New York State...

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