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Choice Hotels, Inc., Defendant-Appellee, v. POINT CONVERSIONS LLC (2020)

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United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.

TROPICAL PARADISE RESORTS, LLC, a Florida limited liability company, d.b.a. Rodeway Inn & Suites, Plaintiff-Appellee, Choice Hotels, Inc., Defendant-Appellee, v. POINT CONVERSIONS, LLC a Delaware limited liability company, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 19-10553

Decided: May 26, 2020

Before JORDAN, TJOFLAT and HULL, Circuit Judges. Edward M. Mullins, Ana M. Barton, Daniel Alvarez Sox, Reed Smith, LLP, Miami, FL, John P. Bovich, Andrew M. Levad, David T. Pollock, Reed Smith, LLP, San Francisco, CA, for Plaintiff-Appellee Kenneth Wayne Ferguson, Ferguson Law, PA, Fort Lauderdale, FL, for Defendant-Appellant Point Conversions, LLC Edward M. Mullins, Daniel Alvarez Sox, Reed Smith, LLP, Miami, FL, for Defendant-Appellee Choice Hotels International, Inc.

After careful review of the record, and with the benefit of oral argument, we find no reversible error in the district court's October 9, 2018 order, dismissing without prejudice Point Conversions’ amended counterclaims against Rodeway Inn & Suites and Choice Hotels. For the reasons outlined in the district court's well-reasoned order, we affirm the district court's conclusion that Point Conversions’ claims arising under Florida's Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act are preempted by federal patent law. As to Point Conversions’ declaratory judgment claims, we find no error in the district court's dismissal of these claims, which in any case it was under no obligation to entertain under the Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201.



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