Supreme Court Tames Class Action Frankenstein's Monster

Law360, New York (March 22, 2013, 5:53 PM EDT) -- In a unanimous decision issued on March 19, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court held that class action plaintiffs cannot avoid federal jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) by stipulating that the total class damages will be less than $5 million. The decision is styled Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles, No. 11-1450, and is a victory for defendants that have struggled to remove large-scale class actions that Congress intended to be heard in federal court.

A number of plaintiffs have avoided removal to federal...
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