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CAFAUPDATE: THE STATE OF THE LAW William B. Rubenstein Harvard Law School Cambridge, Massachusetts © 2007 William Rubenstein. This outline provides an overview of court decisions interpreting the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, as of August 23, 2007. I. DATE CONTROVERSIES CAFA applies only to cases “commenced” on or after its effective date of February 18, 2005. Numerous issues have arisen interpreting this commencement/effective date provision. A. Commencement at Filing or Removal? Every...

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