Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles
- Case Date: 10/29/2012
- Project Name: Class Action Reform
On March 19, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court clarified that a single named plaintiff cannot avoid removal jurisdiction under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) in a putative class action merely by stipulating to damages below the jurisdictional threshold. The case was a victory for WLF, which filed a brief on its own behalf and on behalf of its clients, the Allied Educational Foundation and the International Association of Defense Counsel, arguing that allowing a unilateral stipulation to bind absent class members would eviscerate the important protections CAFA affords to class action defendants and absent class members alike. The case arose from a putative class action brought by a plaintiff in Arkansas state court, alleging that Standard Fire Insurance Co. breached a homeowner insurance contract by underpaying certain repair claims for hail damage to the plaintiff’s home.
More Information and Downloads:
10/29/2012: Download the Brief
Litigation Update: Court Preserves Class-Action Defendant’s Right To Federal Forum