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PAGA Actions Not Removable Under CAFA

The Ninth Circuit rules that they are not sufficiently similar to Rule 23 class actions.

Ninth Circuit Further Strengthen Defendants' Ability to Seek Removal of State Class Actions

The decision comes on the heels of Roth v. CHA Hollywood.

Eleventh Circuit Finds Insurance Declaratory Judgment Satisfies CAFA Damages

The decision comes in South Florida Wellness, Inc. et al v. Allstate Insurance Company.

Articles »

The Law and Economics of Class Actions: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

By James Langenfeld and Raleigh Richards

A summary of important cases and developments featured at the 2013 Class Action Landscape conference.


How I Began My Class Action Practice

By Kate R. Isley

One lawyer's journey from general litigation to class action expertise.

Trial Presentation Made Easy

By Steve D. Larson and Angel Falconer

Technology is great, but with complex cases like class actions, sometimes an assistant is even better.

Sound Advice »

audio Multidistrict Litigation Process

By Greg Cook

If you are involved in a multidistrict litigation case it may seem overwhelming—but fear not. Listen as veteran litigator Greg Cook explains the process and rules regarding the Multidistrict Litigation Panel (MDL Panel). (8:12 min)

audio Numerosity as It Pertains to Class Certification

By Kathryn Honecker

Rule 23(a) has four elements that must be proven prior to class certification. Listen as Kathryn Honecker explains salient points of one of the elements—numerosity. (14:17 min)

audio Understanding the Demand Futility Exception

By Jeff Gardner

Hear as Jeff Gardner explains how this exception works and the ways in which it may affect your clients. (8:54 min)

Roundtables »

audio Hey, CAFA, Is That a Class Action?: Mississippi ex rel Hood v. AU Optronics

This Roundtable examines the holding in this newly announced decision—and examines what the holding may mean for future parens patriae actions—and for other types of quasi-class actions or mass actions. It also examines the strategy impact of this new decision. (56:12)


audio The Supreme Court’s First Decision on the Class Action Fairness Act: Standard Fire Ins. Co. v. Knowles

The Supreme Court has issued its first decision interpreting the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA). In a unanimous decision, the Court held that, prior to certification, a named plaintiff’s stipulation that the putative class would not seek more than $5 million did not defeat jurisdiction under CAFA. (1:01:03)

Announcements »

CADS Dinner at SAC 2014

Please join us and your fellow CADS members after the SAC 2014 Welcome Reception for dinner at the Phoenician’s acclaimed J&G Steakhouse.


Next CADS Bimonthly Conference Call

Our next conference call is on May 20, 2014, at 3 p.m. Eastern/2 p.m. Central/1 p.m. Mountain/12 p.m. Pacific. The new dial-in number is 800-504-8071, and the conference code is 7765933.

A Brief Guide to Removal

Matthew M.K. Stein and Abra C. Bron have provided a brief guide to the statutes governing federal jurisdiction and removal and related interpretative case law.

CADS Committee Updates Survey of State Law

The committee recently published its updated state law class action survey. The book is an excellent tool for in-house and outside counsel who litigate class actions in state forums.


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Simsbury, CT

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Santa Monica, CA

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Newark, NJ