Thursday, November 18, 2010

Lewis v. Verizon Communications, Inc. (9th Cir. - Nov. 18, 2010)

The Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) requires the Court of Appeals to decide a case within 60 days after permission to appeal has been granted.  That's pretty fast.  Doable, to be sure, but fast.

Sometimes a rush to judgment may have substantively deleterious consequences.  Other times, only relatively minor errors may be engendered.

Like the one at the top of page 10 of this opinion.  Which reads:  "To support removal, Verizon submitted an affidavit that it’s total billings for all ESBI services in California exceeded $5 million."

Oops.  Should be "its," of course.  Even though it's possessive.

Small price to pay, though, for speedy justice.