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State attorneys general have increasingly filed lawsuits in state courts under state consumer protection and antitrust statutes seeking recovery for alleged injuries to large groups of people. They are frequently called parens patriae actions (lawsuits that a state brings in a representative capacity to protect its citizens’ interests) Although several federal circuits have denied removal of these actions under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA), the 5th Circuit allows defendants to remove them to federal court.

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