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Friday, March 7, 2014

Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corp.: Restitution Action By State Is Not Mass Action Under CAFA

A quick word about this case. In Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corp., ___ U.S. ___ (1/14/14), the Supreme Court of the United States held that an action by a state, as the sole named plaintiff, to obtain restitution on behalf of itself and its citizens was not a "mass action" for purposes of the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA). 

It will be interesting to see whether this case has any impact on the question of whether a representative action under the 2004 Labor Code Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) is considered a class action or mass action for CAFA removal purposes. 

Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corp. is available here

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