Topic: Federal Jurisdiction

Supreme Court Strikes Blow to Class Action “Forum-Shopping”

“At issue in Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles was the transparent attempt by a named plaintiff to ouster federal court jurisdiction by ‘stipulating’ that the damages sought through a class action complaint would not exceed the $5,000,000 minimum jurisdictional limit of CAFA.” (Barger & Wolen) On March 20, 2013, the Supreme Court handed down… Read more »

Economic Espionage Update: Protecting Trade Secrets Just Got Easier

“Congress enacted the [Economic Espionage Act of 1996] to provide ‘a systematic approach to the problem of economic espionage.’ The EEA was designed to reflect the increasing importance of ‘intangible assets’ like trade secrets in the ‘high-technology, information age,’ as well as the growing threat posed by the theft of such proprietary information and the… Read more »