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2nd Edition of the Class Action Fairness Act: Law and Strategy Book Released; Co-Edited by Balch’s Greg Cook

Balch & Bingham LLP today announced the release of The Class Action Fairness Act: Law and Strategy 2nd Edition, in which firm partner, Gregory C. Cook, serves as the editor along with Jocelyn Larkin. The Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) moved much of class action litigation into federal court, but includes intricate jurisdictional provisions and exceptions – as well as a complex set of requirements for class action settlements.  This book, published by the American Bar Association, is the definitive book on CAFA and provides practical advice for practitioners who must tackle the often confounding technicalities of CAFA in the real world.

The Class Action Fairness Act: Law and Strategy 2nd Edition, which was originally produced in 2013 by Greg Cook, includes contributions by 21 authors, explores CAFA’s provisions with in-depth analysis of statutory language, descriptions of key judicial interpretations and specific suggested strategies for practitioners. CAFA has now been in effect for more than 17 years and this guide is the only book available that is entirely devoted to comprehensively exploring the Act. The updated version will provide both plaintiff and defense counsel with a clear picture of the statute, its case law and useful strategies to help attorneys make better-informed decisions for their clients. To purchase the book, visit www.americanbar.org.

“Since many of CAFA’s provisions mark major departures from longstanding federal jurisdictional and class action law, the statute needs a simple guide applicable to all practitioners,” said Gregory C. Cook, partner at Balch & Bingham. “Throughout the process of developing this book, I had the tremendous opportunity to work with some outstanding lawyers, and it is an example of the true collaboration that comes from the ABA.”  “CAFA has many intricacies and this book serves as a significant resource to practitioners as they navigate the Act and an essential resource for legal reference libraries,” said Stan Blanton, managing partner of Balch & Bingham. “Greg, the entire editorial team and authors did a tremendous job parceling through CAFA and delivering actionable and practical advice.”

Also included in The Class Action Fairness Act: Law and Strategy:

  • Quick reference flow chart of CAFA jurisdiction and exceptions
  • Quick reference chart comparing pre- and post-CAFA class action law
  • Entire chapter devoted to the legislative history of CAFA, including a quick reference timeline on changes in the statute
  • Chapters on appeals and settlement that apply to all class actions in federal courts


Greg’s practice centers on financial services and commercial litigation, including class action and complex litigation. Since joining Balch in 1991, Greg has defended over 60 class actions, handled over 250 real estate and mortgage matters, and is a part of over 40 reported opinions. Under Greg’s leadership, Balch’s Class Action Practice recently received a Tier 1 ranking nationally by The Best Lawyers in America®. Greg currently serves on the Alabama Supreme Court Standing Committee on the Rules of Civil Procedure, and has served as co-chair of the ABA Class Action & Derivative Suits Committee of the Alabama State Bar.