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ABA Section of Litigation Annual Conference, April 20-23, 2005: Hot Topic -The Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 -Revolutionary Changes in Class Action Practice THE CLASS ACTION FAIRNESS ACT OF 2005: A PRELIMINARY ANALYSIS Gregory P. Joseph* The Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (“CAFA”) dramatically changes class action practice, primarily in four ways: • It expands federal diversity jurisdiction to encompass most class actions — and some mass actions — that are not directed at state...

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