7th Circ. Clarifies Class Action Fairness Act

Law360, New York (August 1, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has affirmed a district court's ruling that a case involving 144 plaintiffs suing companies over damages from chemicals allegedly escaping from a wood-processing plant belongs in U.S. court.

The appeals court agreed on Friday with a decision by the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, that the plaintiffs constituted a “mass action” under the Class Action Fairness Act.

These plaintiffs are suing four corporations — including Monsanto Company and Dow Chemical Company — that...
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