Judge Finds Local Controversy Exception Warrants Remand Of Defects Suit
(August 25, 2016, 3:15 PM EDT) -- HONOLULU — A federal judge in Hawaii on Aug. 9 remanded sua sponte a class action lawsuit accusing D.R. Horton of building homes with defectively installed hurricane straps, finding that the local controversy exception to the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) stripped the court of jurisdiction (Charles Vitale, et al. v. D.R. Horton Inc., et al., No. 15-00312, D. Hawaii; 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 105151).
(Order available. Document #09-160902-003R.)
U.S. Judge Derrick K. Watson of the District of Hawaii pointed out that nearly 3,000 of the...