Federal Courts See Huge Rise In Class Actions

Law360, New York (April 16, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A tidal wave of class actions, particularly involving labor and consumer fraud, has flooded the federal courts since a 2005 law allowed some class action litigation to be shifted from state courts to district courts, according to a report.

The enactment of the Class Action Fairness Act sparked concerns that federal courts would become overwhelmed, and a study by the Federal Judicial Center revealed that federal courts are definitely busier.

The law has contributed to a 72% increase in overall federal class action activity from 2001...
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