Declaratory Judgment OK For CAFA $5M Hurdle: 11th Circ.

Law360, Los Angeles (February 14, 2014, 6:03 PM EST) -- An Eleventh Circuit panel on Friday ruled that the federal Class Action Fairness Act’s $5 million amount-in-controversy requirement could be satisfied even if plaintiffs only seek declaratory judgment, granting federal jurisdiction to a putative class action claiming Allstate Insurance Co. underpaid a Florida health center.

Circuit Judge Ed Carnes, writing for a unanimous panel, reversed a district court’s decision and held that South Florida Wellness Center Inc.’s request for declaratory judgment was enough because if granted, the judgment could allow members of the proposed class to...
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