“Supreme Court In Mississippi ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corp. Holds That State Parens Patriae Actions Are Not Removable Under The Class Action Fairness Act”
On January 14, 2014, the United States Supreme Court issued its unanimous opinion in Mississippi ex rel. Hood, Attorney General v. AU Optronics Corp., No. 12-1036, ___ S. Ct. ___, 2014 WL 113485 (U.S. Jan. 14, 2014), holding that parens patriae casesbrought by state attorneys general cannot be removed to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005 (“CAFA”), even if they effectively seek class-like relief, such as restitution for individual consumers. This Stroock Special Bulletin explains why this ruling emboldens state attorneys general in these cases.