Monthly Archives: January 2014

Supreme Court Rules That State Attorneys General Are Not Bound by the Class Action Fairness Act




The Class Action Fairness Act (“CAFA”) permits a defendant to remove a “mass action” from state to federal court, eliminating some requirements relating to diversity of citizenship. A “mass action” is defined as a civil action in which the monetary … Continue reading




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McCullen v. Coakley: The Supreme Court Strikes Down a “Buffer Zone” Which Restricted Pro-Life Advocacy at Abortion Clinics




This post updates my January 15, 2014, ┬ápost on the oral argument in McCullen v. Coakley: The State of Massachusetts enacted legislation which barred all individuals, except for certain municipal agents and facility workers “acting within the scope of their … Continue reading




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The World War II Allied Bombing of the Benedictine Abbey at Monte Cassino, Italy




On February 15, 1944, the Benedictine Roman Catholic Abbey at Monte Cassino, Italy, was demolished when over 1000 tons of explosives were dropped on the monastery by 250 Allied bombers. The Monte Cassino monastery was founded by Saint Benedict, the … Continue reading




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