The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is on a roll in keeping class actions under federal court purview.

The appellate court on Thursday let a class action filed against Sprint Nextel Corp. stay in federal court at least a little longer, overruling a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois that would have kicked it back to state court. The plaintiffs wanted the case returned to Kansas state court, where it was filed, based on the home-state exception to the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005, which the defendant invoked to move the case to federal court.

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