Trevino v. Credit Collection Services, No. M-04-273, 2005 WL 1607500 (S.D. Tex. July 6, 2005).
The Plaintiffs filed their putative class action, challenging certain debt collection practices in Texas state court, and the case was then removed to federal court by the defendant, Credit Collection Services. In considering whether the Plaintiffs met the federal jurisdictional requirements of the amount in controversy, the federal district court declined to apply CAFA, declaring that the action was originally brought in state court before CAFA was signed into law. Without citing any supporting authority, the court disposed of the CAFA issue in a simple footnote: “[t]he Act only applies to civil actions commenced on or after February 18, 2005,” the date CAFA was signed by President Bush.