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Encyclopedia > Class Action Fairness Act of 2005

The U.S. Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, 28 U.S.C. Sections 1332(d), 1453, and 1711-1715, grants federal courts original jurisdiction over certain mass actions and class actions (forms of civil action) in which the amount in controversy exceeds $5 million, and any of the members of a class of plaintiffs is a citizen of a state different from any defendant, unless at least two-thirds or more of the members of all proposed plaintiff classes in the aggregate, and the primary defendants, are citizens of the State in which the action was originally filed. In addition, the Act requires courts computing attorneys' fees for "coupon" settlements to judge the value of the settlement based on the redeemed, rather than the face, value of the coupon. It also places restrictions on settlements that result in a net loss to class members. Wikiquote has a collection of quotations by or about: United States Wikinews has a related story: United States United States government CIA World Factbook Entry for United States House. ... The United States Code (U.S.C.) is a compilation and codification of the general and permanent federal Law of the United States. ... The original jurisdiction of a court refers to matters on which the court rules directly, rather than on matters which are referred to it after being heard by another court. ... A lawsuit is a civil action brought before a court in order to recover a right, obtain damages for an injury, obtain an injunction to prevent an injury, or obtain a declaratory judgment to prevent future legal disputes. ...


  • Bill as passed by Congress, http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c109:S.5:

A congress is a gathering of people, especially a gathering for a political purpose. ...

Outside links

  • John Beisner and Jessica Davidson Miller, "They’re Making a Federal Case Out of It . . . In State Court", http://www.manhattan-institute.org/pdf/cjr_03.pdf
  • Kamilewicz v. Bank of Boston Corp., 100 F.3d 1348 (7th Cir. 1996) (Easterbrook, J., dissenting), an influential judicial opinion on the subject
Frank Hoover Easterbrook (born 1948) has been a judge on the United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals since 1985. ...



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