We do not know whether there is any truth to the rumor that the first class action was brought in 1621 by Myles Standish and Governor William Bradford against Squanto and the Wampanoag tribe for food poisoning at Plymouth. There is precious little historical data to support the rumor. But we are fairly certain that the Mayflower Compact did not contain a class action procedure similar our Class Action Fairness Act (or at least, that if it did, it has been lost to history). Otherwise, all of the CAFA jurisprudence handed down over the last 20 or so months would have been decided more than 350 years ago, perhaps differently, and we would have had to find another topic to blog about.
And by the way, while we certainly like regular turkey as the main course of our Thanksgiving lunch as much as the next blogger, if you haven’t experienced a Cajun deep fried turkey (we are, after all, a law firm with deep roots in Louisiana and well experienced in that sort of dining), well, you just haven’t eaten turkey yet. Maybe next year.
And for those of you who thought we were talking about the other kind of Wild Turkey, shame on you. We’re not that kind of blog.
Seriously, the Editors of the CAFA Law Blog wish you a safe and happy Thanksgiving!