CAFA And Vanishing Jurisdiction

Law360, New York (April 16, 2010, 12:42 PM EDT) -- In keeping with its mission, the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA) has shifted countless putative class actions from state to federal courts in the five years since its enactment.

By expanding diversity jurisdiction to include cases filed as putative class actions where any plaintiff and any defendant are citizens of different states and the aggregated amount in controversy exceeds $5 million, CAFA provides federal district courts with original jurisdiction over cases that, were it not for the plaintiff’s efforts to certify a class, might...
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