Federal - Sixth Circuit Appellate Opinions

Say Whaaat? The Sixth Circuit Debates “Corpus Linguistics” as a Tool for Statutory InterpretationA seemingly routine Sixth Circuit appeal involving the interpretation of the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act statute (ERISA) recently sparked an interesting debate between two Circuit Judges — Amul Thapar and Jane Stranch — on the use of “corpus linguistics” in statutory interpretation. In Wilson v. Safelite Group, Inc., the court affirmed summary

The Sixth Circuit Strikes Down Tennessee’s Cap on Punitive DamagesThe Sixth Circuit recently issued a divided opinion holding that Tennessee’s statutory cap on punitive damages, Tenn. Code Ann. § 29-39-104, is unconstitutional.  What makes the case interesting is that the court decided the issue solely under the Tennessee Constitution.  The majority opinion, authored by Judge Clay and joined by Judge Stranch, held that the

A Corporation May Not Pick and Choose Its Citizenship to Create Diversity under CAFAThe Sixth Circuit became the third court of appeals to reject the “alternative citizenship” theory of diversity under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA).  In Roberts v. Mars Petcare US, Inc., a putative class of Tennessee citizens sued Mars Petcare in Tennessee state court.  Mars Petcare removed the case to federal court, relying on