Our loyal, smart, and sexy readers already know how much we know about CAFA, but just in case you had any misgivings, here is a small sample of what we have been doing (other than summarizing hundreds of cases.
The Bureau of National Affairs (BNA) recently turned to our very own Anthony Rollo to provide commentary for its February issue of the Product Safety & Liability Reporter regarding a significant ruling by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals on a CAFA jurisdiction matter. In Cunningham Charter Corp. v.Learjet Inc., 7th Cir., No. 09-8042, 1/22/10, the federal appeals court held that federal courts retain jurisdiction of cases filed under the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 even after denying class certification. Anthony said that “The Seventh Circuit is clearly the first to squarely address it. The Seventh Circuit has been one of the leading circuits in the nation for purposes of clarifying what CAFA means. In many instances they are hitting topics earlier than other circuits….On this occasion, I have no doubt that they got it correctly because the result [otherwise] is total disorder in the courts.”
On January 27, 2010 Anthony Rollo spoke at the American Conference Institute’s 9th Annual Consumer Finance Class Actions & Litigation conference in New York. Leading the Master Class of the conference, Anthony’s panel presented "Defending Against Borrower Class Actions in Federal Court: CAFA, Removal, Certification, Settlement and Beyond." The panel included Stephanie Karfias, Associate GC of Litigation for Capital One, David Holland, Executive VP of Rust Consulting, Inc., Christopher Lipsett, Partner at Wilmer Hale and Anthony. The panel spoke on the procedural complexities of borrower class actions and helped the audience prepare to defend such actions in high stakes venues.
On November 6, 2009, Anthony Rollo and our very own Hunter Twiford spoke at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Dallas, Texas for Consumer Credit 2009 hosted by the Credit Law Institute in conjunction with The Conference on Consumer Finance Law. Rollo and Twiford gave their annual presentation on updates on class actions and CAFA. Our guys give this update around the country from their constant monitoring of the subjects. This two day seminar covered topics ranging from RESPA to CAFA.