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Plaintiffs Find California Courts Congenial To Section 11 Actions

Muttering About Mottoes The official motto of the State of California is “Eureka”.  Cal. Gov’t Code § 420.5.  The word is a transliteration of the Greek word εὕρηκα which is first person, singular, indicative active form of verb “find”.  Thus, it translates into “I have found it”.  The motto, which appears on the state’s seal,…

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Section 11 Class Actions And The Magna Carta

If you had a dispute in Medieval England, it would likely be heard in the court of the local baron.  Some disputes, however, caught the interest of the monarch and would be heard in a royal court.  In the twelfth century, King Henry II instituted royal justice throughout England.  As might be expected, controversies arose…

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Concurrent Jurisdiction Found For Covered Class Actions

In 1997, I testified at an oversight hearing before the United States Senate Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs Committee regarding securities litigation abuses.  At the time, Congress was considering whether to enact legislation to stop plaintiffs from filing securities class actions in state court in order to avoid stricter federal standards applicable to class action lawsuits.  Both…

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