Hilary Hehman, Senior Research Analyst, Office of Court Research, Judicial Council of California, offered the following comment today, which deserves its own entry:
The Judicial Council of California just released the first in a series of reports detailing the findings of a study of class action litigation in California state courts. The first interim report has a section that discusses the CAFA effect in California. It is empirical legal research, but may still be of interest to you.
The first report is titled Findings of the Study of California Class Action Litigation, 2000-2006. It provides statistics and analysis of trends in class action litigation in California. The report provides a wealth of information that promises to be helpful to policymakers and practitioners alike. Well done, Hilary, and please keep us posted on future reports.