Marie Anderson, Alvester Brafort, et al., Plaintiffs-appellants, v. H&r Block, Inc., Beneficial National Bank, et al., Defendants-appellees, 344 F.3d 1131 (11th Cir. 2003)

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US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit - 344 F.3d 1131 (11th Cir. 2003) September 3, 2003

K. Stephen Jackson, Jeff S. Daniel, Jackson, Fraley & Shuttlesworth, P.C., Birmingham, AL, for Plaintiffs-Appellants.

Peter Sean Fruin, Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C., Montgomery, AL, Stewart M. Cox, Bradley, Arant, Rose & White, A. Inge Selden, III, Stephen Clark Jackson, Maynard, Cooper & Gale, P.C., Birmingham, AL, Burt M. Rublin, Ballard, Spahr, Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP, Philadelphia, PA, Howard N. Cayne, Arnold & Porter, Washington, DC, for Defendants-Appellees.

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama (No. 00-01457-CV-2); W. Harold Albritton, III, Chief Judge.


Before TJOFLAT, BARKETT and WILSON, Circuit Judges.


On June 2, 2003, the United States Supreme Court reversed our decision in this matter, holding that "an action filed in a state court to recover damages from a national bank for allegedly charging excessive interest in violation of both `the common law usury doctrine' and an Alabama usury statute may be removed to a federal court because it actually arises under federal law." Beneficial Nat'l Bank v. Anderson, ___ U.S. ___, 123 S. Ct. 2058, 156 L. Ed. 2d 1 (2003). In light of the Supreme Court's holding, we AFFIRM and REMAND this case to the district court for further proceedings consistent with this opinion.