Fla. Judge Returns Costa Concordia Suits To State Court

Law360, Miami (February 26, 2013, 7:46 PM EST) -- A Florida federal judge has remanded two putative class actions against Carnival Corp. over the capsizing of the Costa Concordia last year to state court, ruling they did not qualify for removal under the Class Action Fairness Act.

In a Feb. 15 ruling, U.S. District Judge William P. Dimitrouleas denied Carnival's request to remove the suits and ordered the claims of 104 passengers on the ill-fated cruise ship to state court, noting that neither suit individually met the 100-plaintiff requirement necessary under CAFA.

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