McGlinchey Stafford PLLC and the editors of the CAFA Law Blog — Anthony Rollo, Hunter Twiford, Lisa Stansky and Gabe Crowson — welcome you to the launch of the CAFA Law Blog – the first blog in the country to focus on the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (CAFA) and the cases interpreting and implementing the act. CAFA, the most sweeping legislative change to class action practice in a generation, promises to literally change the landscape of how practioners handle class actions, and we plan to post information to help you navigate the new landscape, such as summaries of and links to the latest cases. We’ll also give you links to seminars and webinars on CAFA topics as soon as we hear about them, as well as summaries of and links to interesting articles on the Act. We hope that the CAFA Law Blog will become the clearinghouse for information on CAFA. We’re pleased to sponsor this blog, and hope that you find it useful.

Like all blogs, the CAFA Law Blog is a work in progress, and we will continuously try to improve it. If you have information, such as seminars or local unpublished decisions, which you think would be of interest to those practicing in the class action arena and which you’d like to share, please contact us, and we’ll be happy to try to get the word out.
On a personal note, McGlinchey Stafford’s office in New Orleans was a victim of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, and as you have probably seen in the media, the damage and devastation to the city is enormous. Our New Orleans office will be closed for the foreseeable future; however, Anthony and Gabe are temporarily operating out of our Baton Rouge office (where they may be contacted), and Lisa is currently operating in cyberspace. The firm is operating at full speed, with other McGlinchey offices absorbing the displaced attorneys and staff until the New Orleans office is again operational. Hunter is resident in the Jackson, Mississippi office, which thankfully suffered only minimal distruption. These are difficult times for the people of New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and we appreciate all the good wishes, thoughts, prayers and support which have been sent our way.
Oh, and by the way – for those who are wondering about the symbolic hand in the CAFA Law Blog banner or who might have forgotten your mythology, it is of Themis, one of the daughters of Uranus and Gaia. We selected Themis as she is the personification of divine right order of things as sanctioned by custom and law – what better symbol for the Class Action Fairness Act. Themis had oracular powers, and the building of the Temple at Delphi is attributed to her. Themis is the mother (by Zeus) of the Horae and the Moirae.
We hope you enjoy our efforts, and look forward to your comments and feedback.
McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC
The CAFA Law Blog Editors
– Anthony Rollo
– Hunter Twiford
– Lisa Stansky
– Gabe Crowson