The Road That Led To Standard Fire V. Knowles

Law360, New York (April 9, 2013, 12:58 PM EDT) -- Less than 10 years ago, the 109th United States Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005. One of the act’s stated purposes was “to restore the intent of the framers of the United States Constitution by providing for Federal court consideration of interstate cases of national importance under diversity jurisdiction.”[1]

The act addressed the call for expanding federal jurisdiction over class action cases of national import, noting that without it, matters would continue to evade federal...
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