High Court's CAFA Ruling Carries Dangers For Defendants

By Bibeka Shrestha (March 19, 2013, 10:56 PM EDT) -- Companies fending off class actions see a cause for celebration in the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling for Standard Fire Insurance Co. in its battle to keep high-stakes class actions under the watch of federal judges and out of plaintiff-friendly state courts — but the ruling doesn't come without a few pitfalls for defendants, attorneys told Law360 on Tuesday.

Defense attorneys widely hailed the high court for putting its foot down on what they saw as jurisdictional gamesmanship by plaintiffs attorneys. The high court said plaintiffs hoping to represent class members could not promise to cap their damages to avoid meeting the...

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