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When Plaintiffs Fail to Plead the “Local Controversy” Exception to CAFA

A narrow exception to CAFA’s broad removal provisions is the “local controversy” exception, which prohibits removal in certain cases where the dispute is deemed sufficiently contained within the forum state that the interests of the state’s courts in adjudicating the

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CAFA Removal: A Second Bite at the Apple?

Until a couple of years ago, plaintiffs’ attorneys seeking to keep their class actions in state court would frequently stipulate that they would not seek damages in excess of the $5 million CAFA threshold.  This practice fell by the wayside

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CAFA Removal Jurisdiction: Using a Plaintiff’s Complaint Against It

Most cases involving the existence of removal jurisdiction under CAFA involve the $5 million amount in controversy.  In a recent Third Circuit opinion, determining whether or not the putative class had the requisite 100 members proved equally complex.  The case

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