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Judge Adalberto Jose Jordan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit/photo by J. Albert Diaz/ALM Judge Adalberto Jose Jordan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit wrote a special concurrence. Photo: J. Albert Diaz/ALM

A woman who filed a federal lawsuit after fleeing a South Florida family court’s ruling has lost out at the the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, which explained why judges should avoid giving fugitives a ”one-way advantage” in litigation.

The opinion, issued Monday, revolved around the fugitive disentitlement doctrine, which allows courts to dismiss a fugitive’s lawsuit or appeal when it means that “heads I win, tails you’ll never find me.” The philosophy behind it is that those who’ve shown disrespect for legal processes shouldn’t then be able to use them to their own advantage.

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Raychel Lean

Raychel Lean is ALM's Florida bureau chief, overseeing the Daily Business Review. Email her at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter via @raychellean.

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