3rd Circ. Boots Pa. Gas Lease Row To State Court Under CAFA

Law360, Philadelphia (August 16, 2013, 6:32 PM EDT) -- The Third Circuit ruled Friday that a putative class action accusing Halcon Energy Inc. of violating agreements to lease mineral rights from Pennsylvania landowners belonged in state court under the federal Class Action Fairness Act despite that the plaintiffs had filed a previous complaint in federal court.

While CAFA allows federal courts to hear locally centered class actions in the event that multiple complaints involving the same allegations and players are filed, a three-judge panel issued a precedential ruling finding that the so-called local controversy exception...
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