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The Class Action Fairness Act: A Wolf in Wolves' Clothing

by Jay L. Himes

May 06, 2009

Federal court jurisdictional statutes can perhaps be likened to high-tech computer software. But what about CAFA procedure? That's not rocket science-more like plumbing.

The Class Action Fairness Act was designed to remedy "a perceived increase in plaintiffs' class actions filed in state courts," writes attorney Jay L. Himes in this Analysis & Perspective.Himes examines interlocutory appeals of federal court remand orders, and "the intersection between CAFA-covered class actions and cases that State Attorneys General bring, typically, on behalf of victimized consumers." The author then "step[s] back and comment[s] on CAFA's broader implications."

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