Within the past year, the Sixth, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits have interpreted the scope of provisions in the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA) governing when and how plaintiffs can establish citizenship to invoke the “local controversy” exception to CAFA jurisdiction. These decisions have significant implications for plaintiffs and defendants alike. This article briefly summarizes and discusses those decisions, and offers a few practice pointers to consider based on them.
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