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CAFA? Don’t mind if I do: Ninth Circuit Overturns Lowdermilk’s Legal Certainty Standard to Remove Class Actions Under CAFA

In a boon to defendants seeking to remove cases to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”), the Ninth Circuit has overturned a rule requiring defendants to show to a “legal certainty” that the...more

Supreme Court Rejects Class Plaintiff’s Attempt To Avoid Federal Court By Stipulation Damages Will Be Less Than $5,000,000

In Standard Fire Ins. Co. v. Knowles, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a class-action plaintiff may not avoid the effect of the federal Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) by “stipulating” he will not seek damages in excess of...more

High Court Agrees Class Rep’s Stipulation Doesn’t Bar Federal Jurisdiction

The U.S. Supreme Court, in Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles, resolved the debate between the plaintiffs’ bar and defense bar regarding whether a class representative’s stipulation that damages would not exceed $5...more

Supreme Court Holds Class Plaintiff Cannot Avoid Removal By Stipulating Damages Under CAFA’s Jurisdictional Threshold

On March 19, the Supreme Court held that a class action plaintiff’s pre-class certification stipulation that the class would not seek damages exceeding the Class Action Fairness Act’s (CAFA) $5 million amount-in-controversy...more

Supreme Court Eliminates Jurisdictional Escape Hatch To The Class Action Fairness Act

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles confirms that a plaintiff cannot avoid federal jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”) by stipulating that the class will seek less...more

High Court Rules Pre-Certification Damages Stipulation Cannot Defeat Federal Jurisdiction Arising Under the Class Action Fairness...

In a much-anticipated ruling that could significantly restrict the efforts of class action plaintiffs and their lawyers to avoid litigating in federal court, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that a named...more

U.S. Supreme Court Opens the Door Wider for Defendants to Remove Class Actions to Federal Court in Standard Fire Insurance v....

The U.S. Supreme Court resoundingly signaled an end to a form of statutory manipulation in the class action arena Tuesday. A unanimous court held that named plaintiffs in class actions may not defeat federal removal...more

CAFA Jurisdiction Cannot Be Evaded by Limiting Amount in Controversy

The U.S. Supreme Court holds in a 9–0 decision that class action plaintiffs cannot promise to limit damages in an effort to remain below the Class Action Fairness Act's $5 million federal jurisdictional threshold....more

Classy Move: The Supreme Court Rebuffs Class Action Forum Manipulation

The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued its first decision reviewing the scope of removal jurisdiction under the federal Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA). In Knowles v. Standard Fire Insurance Co., No. 11-1450 (U.S.), the...more

Supreme Court Rejects Stipulation by Proposed Class Representative as Defeating Federal Removal Under Class Action Fairness Act of...

In a decision strengthening the ability of defendants in state court class actions to remove those cases to federal court, on March 19, 2013, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held in Standard Fire Insurance Company v. Knowles,1...more

Supreme Court Unanimously Holds Plaintiffs Can't Stipulate Around CAFA

On Tuesday morning, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court decisively closed a loophole in the Class Action Fairness Act, holding in Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles that a purported stipulation by the named plaintiff to seek...more

Supreme Court Rejects Class Action Plaintiff’s Effort to Avoid Federal Jurisdiction Under CAFA

In a unanimous decision issued on March 19, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the named plaintiff in a proposed class action lawsuit cannot defeat federal jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA or the...more

Class Action Update: Standard Fire Extinguishes Plaintiff’s Precertification Attempt to Avoid Federal Jurisdiction

The Supreme Court has put a stop to a tactic used by class action plaintiffs to avoid federal court. On Tuesday, the Court held that a named plaintiff’s precertification affidavit capping the damages could not bind the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Attempt To Manipulate Federal Jurisdictional Threshold Under Class Action Fairness Act

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles, 568 U.S. __, No. 11-1450, 2013 WL 1104735 (Mar. 19, 2013), that plaintiffs attempting to bring a class action lawsuit cannot escape federal...more

Supreme Court Rules Class Action Plaintiffs Cannot Use Damage-Limiting Stipulations To Avoid Federal Court

In a landmark decision in the area of class action litigation, a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court held that plaintiffs cannot use damage-limiting stipulations to prevent their cases from being removed from state to federal court....more

Supreme Court Limits Class Action Plaintiffs' Ability to Manipulate Jurisdiction

On March 19, 2013, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles barring class action plaintiffs from using stipulations that limit the amount in controversy to avoid...more

Supreme Court Closes CAFA Loophole

A unanimous decision by the United States Supreme Court has restored the integrity of the Class Action Fairness Act, or CAFA. At issue in Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles was the transparent attempt by a named plaintiff...more

U.S. Supreme Court Limits Ability of Class Action Plaintiffs to Circumvent the Protections of the Class Action Fairness Act

The U.S. Supreme Court has considered a number of important issues affecting class action litigation over the last few terms, and it handed another victory to class action defendants yesterday. In Standard Fire Insurance...more

Did You Know…U.S. Supreme Court Ends Plaintiff’s CAFA Jurisdictional Gamesmanship

The United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Standard Fire Ins. Co. v. Knowles that plaintiffs bringing class actions cannot avoid federal jurisdiction by representing that the class will seek less than $5 million in...more

Mortgage Banking Update - March 21, 2013

In This Issue: - Uniform State Test Implementation Nearing - Mortgage Servicer's Alleged Failure To Be Licensed Subjects Company to Claims under State and Federal Debt Collection Statutes - Sixth Circuit...more

Supreme Court Ruling Reverses Bad 9th Circuit Precedent on CAFA

On March 19, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down Standard Fire Insurance v. Knowles, a short, narrow, and unanimous opinion addressing removal of class actions to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act...more

Legal Alert: Supreme Court Holds That Damages Stipulation Cannot Bind Class and Defeat Federal Jurisdiction

The Supreme Court unanimously held yesterday in Standard Fire Ins. Co. v. Knowles , 2013 WL 1104735, that a damages - limiting stipulation by the named plaintiff in a putative class action is not binding on absent class...more

Supreme Court Makes Clear That CAFA Removal Is Not Defeated by Plaintiffs' Amount-in-Controversy Stipulations

A unanimous United States Supreme Court has now ruled that self-appointed would-be class representatives cannot defeat Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) removal by simply purporting to limit the damage claims of class members...more

Supreme Court Rejects Efforts to Avoid CAFA Jurisdiction

Editors’ Note: This post is a joint submission to this blog and rennerclassactions.com. In The Standard Fire Insurance Co.v. Knowles, No. 11-1450, a unanimous decision yesterday written by Justice Breyer, the Supreme...more

CAFA Unchained - Court Bolsters CAFA's Coverage in Standard Fire Insurance v. Knowles

The U.S. Supreme Court resoundingly signaled an end to a form of statutory manipulation in the class action arena Tuesday. A unanimous Court held that named plaintiffs in class actions may not defeat federal removal...more

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