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Law360, New York (January 16, 2014, 9:14 PM EST) -- On Jan. 14, 2014, in Mississippi v. AU Optronics Corp., the U.S. Supreme Court held that a parens patriae action (one brought by the state on behalf of its injured citizens) does not constitute a "mass action" and cannot be removed to federal court. As a result of the ruling, Mississippi (not a class) may sue on behalf of its harmed constituents (potentially a class) and prevent removal to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005.

Although attorneys general have taken divergent positions...
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