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On January 7, 2013, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in The Standard Fire Insurance Co. v. Knowles.  The question in this case is whether a named plaintiff in a state class action can, before the class is certified, preclude removal of the case to federal court by purporting to limit the damages sought for putative class members to less than $5 million--the threshold that triggers a right of removal under the Class Action Fairness Act of 2005. 

To discuss the case, we have Brian Fitzpatrick, who is a Professor of Law at Vanderbilt Law School.

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