In a case challenging an Alabama law on constitutional grounds, the plaintiffs subpoenaed information from state legislators, the current governor, and a former governor regarding passage of the law. The state officials moved to quash the subpoenas due to legislative privilege, but the district court refused. On appeal, Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury and a leading expert filed an amicus curiae brief in support of the legislative privilege on behalf of a bipartisan membership organization that serves state legislators and legislative staffs nationwide. The Eleventh Circuit reversed, concluding that the information sought was protected by the legislative privilege. Its discussion and application of the legislative privilege was consistent with and most fully briefed in our client’s amicus brief.
Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury represented local charities and a gaming company in a federal lawsuit involving various business torts allegedly committed by another gaming company, its majority shareholder, and a local official to prevent the plaintiffs from doing business in the locality. After a three-week trial, the jury returned a verdict in excess of $60 million, which ranked 38th out of the top 100 verdicts nationwide in 2012. Spotswood attorneys have the skills and expertise to see important cases through to trial when necessary.
In a case involving an issue of first impression in the Eleventh Circuit, Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury LLC assisted in removing a case to federal court following a prior, unsuccessful removal. Spotswood attorneys developed the argument for the second removal, which was based on the absence of any duty for a co-defendant to investigate the removability of the case. The district court agreed, upholding the second removal under the Class Action Fairness Act, and the Eleventh Circuit rejected the plaintiff’s request for an interlocutory appeal. Spotswood attorneys also successfully removed federal claims filed in a purported third-party complaint in state court. The firm represented a third-party defendant, and the removal required first removing the entire action and then severing and remanding the claims arising under state law. Spotswood Sansom & Sansbury has the experience and know-how to conceptualize and deploy original solutions to complex litigation problems.