Monday, October 30, 2006

Class Action Stats

CAFA, the Class Action Fairness Act, took effect Feb. 18, 2005. What's it done? Has it shifted class actions from state to federal courts, as it proponents hoped? Tom Willging (Senior Researcher, Federal Judicial Center) comments on the FJC's first study: More on FJC’s CAFA Data and the “September Surprise”, Consumer Law & Policy blog, Oct. 24, 2006.

He also cites a study that examined whether it made much difference to be in federal or state court: Thomas E. Willging & Shannon R. Wheatman, Attorney Choice of Forum in Class Action Litigation: What Difference Does It Make?, 81 Notre Dame Law Review 591 (2006).

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