Fourth Circuit Weighs in On Supreme Court’s Class Action Decision in Walmart V. Dukes–or Does It?

By | The Compass | November 11, 2013
Fourth Circuit Weighs in On Supreme Court’s Class Action Decision in Walmart V. Dukes–or Does It?

In the Fourth Circuit’s recent decision in Scott v. Family Dollar Stores, the concurrence and dissent sharply disagreed about the significance of the majority opinion.  Depending on which opinion you read, Family Dollar is either a sweeping reinterpretation of the Supreme Court’s class action decision in Wal-Mart v. Dukes or a narrow holding reiterating the rule in favor of liberal amendment of complaints.  Time will tell who is right.

Sixth Circuit Vacates Sanctions Against Assistant Public Defender

By | 6th Circuit Appellate Blog | November 11, 2013
Sixth Circuit Vacates Sanctions Against Assistant Public Defender

Last week in United States of America v. Gabriel Llanez-Garcia, the Sixth Circuit vacated sanctions imposed against an assistant federal public defender and dismissed the sanctions proceedings against her.  In a strongly-worded repudiation, the panel found no indication of the bad faith required to warrant sanctions under a court’s inherent authority.