Rule 11: Court Can’t Compel Party to Make Settlement Offer — Any Settlement Void — Denial of SJ Motion = Not Frivolous — Failure to Settle Not Sanctionable — Generally No Improper Purpose Sanction If Position Grounded in Fact, Law

 Tejero v. Portfolio Recovery Assocs., L.L.C., 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 10711Luis Tejero sued Portfolio Recovery Associates, L.L.C. under the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and a parallel state law. The parties eventually reached a settlement that forgave Tejero's debt and awarded him $1,000 in damages. As ...

Can You Sue A Dead Person? No. — An Estate? No. — Can You Substitute for A Wrongly-Named Dead Person? Maybe — Dead Person Has No Citizenship, No Stake in Outcome (Case Or Controversy Implications)

 LN Mgmt., LLC v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 13216 (9th Cir. April 24, 2020): There are a number of ways to accomplish litigation regarding interests once held by a dead person. One can institute or join probate proceedings, for instance, or sue the executor of an estate in cou ...

Rule 11 Sanctions — Lack of Merit Not Enough — Must Be So Plainly Unmeritorious As to Warrant Sanction (Good Quote)

 Zell v. Ricci, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 12573 (1st Cir. April 20, 2020):    High school is not without its unique challenges, this much [*2]  we know; we also know that the same can be said for bringing a civil lawsuit and navigating the rigors associated with contentious litigation. Each of thes ...

Appeals: Not Circuit’s Role to Sift Through Record to Find Uncited Evidence (44-vols., 8,410-pp.) — Motion to Seal OK to Ensure Court Records Not Used for Improper Purpose, Including Scandalizing or Libeling for the Press

 Snyder v. Acord Corp., 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 12889 (10th ORDER AND JUDGMENT* Seventeen Colorado homeowners ("Plaintiffs") brought an action raising federal-and state-law claims against insurance companies, trade associations, and consul ...

Rule 11 Sanctions — Timeliness — Motion for Frivolous Factual Claim in Complaint Often Appropriately Filed, Decided at Summary Judgment Stage

 Estrada v. FTS United States, LLC, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 12543 (11th Cir. April 20, 2020) (unpublished): PER CURIAM: Jamie Zidell, Esq., and J.H. Zidell, P.A., appeal from the district court's orders requiring them to pay $60,000 in

RICO: Federal Courts Have Never Construed RICO’s Attorney’s Fees Provision As Barring Prevailing Defendant from Recovering Fees Authorized Elsewhere — State Fees Statute Not Preempted Where Most Claims Arise under State Law

 Snyder v. Acord Corp., 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 12889 (10th ORDER AND JUDGMENT* Seventeen Colorado homeowners ("Plaintiffs") brought an action raising federal-and state-law claims against insurance companies, trade associations, and consul ...

Inherent Power Sanctions — Negligence for Missing Court Date OK — Court Should Hear from Before Sanctioning — Lack of Due Process If Rule Provides Only That Sanction “May” Be Imposed But No Criteria Are Given Or Known

 Pimentel-Soto, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 13101 (1st Cir. April 23, 2020) (Kayatta, J.): Attorney Kendys Pimentel-Soto appeals from the district court's order sanctioning her for failing to appear at a status conference. For the reasons that follow, we reverse the issuance of the sanction. I< ...

Splitting Cause of Action: Entire Controversy Doctrine (NJ Factors) — Equitable Exception for Claims Unknown, Unaccrued Or Unable to Be Brought — State Law Res Judicata / Collateral Estoppel Rules Apply in Diversity Cases

 Casser v. Twp. of Knowlton, 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 6675 (3d Cir. Mar. 3, 2020) (unpublished): Pro se Plaintiff Claudia Casser appeals from the order of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey granting the motion to [*2]  dismiss filed by Defendants Township of Know ...

Diversity Jurisdiction: Trustee of Deed of Trust May Be Nominal Def., Citizenship Ignored — Res Judicata, Aff’ve Def., OK on 12(b)(6) If Clear from Complaint, Judicially Noticed Facts — Sanctions: FRAP 38/IHP OSC for Twice-Sanctioned Pro Se

 Anderson v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., 2020 U.S. App. LEXIS 7865 (5th Cir. Mar. 12, 2020): Pro se plaintiff-appellant Eva Anderson has sued various combinations of the present defendant-appellees and their predecessors-in-interest no fewer than six times, alleging first that ...

FRAP 38, Inherent Power, § 1927 Sanctions Denied to Victorious Appellees (Defendants): “‘Unpersuasive Arguments’ Are Not Synonymous with ‘Bad Faith’” (Good Quote)

Vielma v. Gruler, 2020 WL 1672778 (11th Cir. April 6, 2020) (unpublished): PER CURIAM: *1 On June 12, 2016, a lone shooter, Omar Mateen, entered the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, armed with a semi-automatic rifle and a semi-automatic pistol. He ultimately shot numerous patrons in the club, killing forty-nine people and injuring fifty-three others. The police eventually entered the club, shooting and killing Mateen.  Ass ...

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