No. 21-14503.

87 F.4th 487 (2023)

Robert PONZIO, Alex Acuna, Brian Madsen, Vanessa M. Montgomery, Robert Mull, Hadiya Nelthrope, Samuel Salgado, Frederick J. Parker, On behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, Interested Parties-Appellants, v. Emily PINON, Gary C. Klein, Kim Brown, Joshua Frankum, Todd Bryan, Dinez Webster, Plaintiffs-Appellees, Daimler AG, Mercedes Benz USA, LLC, Defendants-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.

Filed: November 27, 2023.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

James E. Cecchi , Caroline F. Bartlett , James O'Brien , Carella Byrne Cecchi Olstein Brody & Agnello, PC, Roseland, NJ, Steven G. Calamusa , Robert E. Gordon , Daniel G. Williams , Gordon & Partners, PA, Palm Beach Gardens, FL, Michael A. Caplan , Timothy Brandon Waddell , Caplan Cobb, LLC, Atlanta, GA, Alexander Charles Cohen , Mark Dearman , Maxwell H. Sawyer , Douglas Wilens , Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd, LLP, Boca Raton, FL, for Interested Parties-Appellants.

Taylor Bartlett , William Lewis Garrison, Jr. , Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC, Birmingham, AL, K. Stephen Jackson , Jackson & Tucker, PC, Birmingham, AL, Travis Edward Lynch , Jonathan R. Miller , Heninger Garrison Davis, LLC, Atlanta, GA, James F. McDonough, III , Rozier Hardt McDonough, PLLC, Atlanta, GA, for Plaintiffs-Appellees.

Scott Jefferson Carr , Eric Jonathan Knapp , Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, San Francisco, CA, Stephen B. Devereaux , Madison Kitchens , Adam Reinke , John Franklin Sacha, Jr. , King & Spalding, LLP, Atlanta, GA, Dara D. Mann , Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP, Atlanta, GA, Troy Masami Yoshino , Winston & Strawn, LLP, San Francisco, CA, for Defendants-Appellees.

Thomas M. Sobol , Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, Boston, MA, for Amicus Curiae Professor Simona Grossi.

Before Jordan, Newsom, and Ed Carnes, Circuit Judges.

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