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Justices question whether AG claim is class action (access required)

WASHINGTON — Is a state parens patriae lawsuit really a class action in disguise for federal jurisdiction purposes? That’s the question the U.S. Supreme Court addressed Wednesday during oral arguments in Mississippi, Inc. ex rel. Hood v. AU Optronics Corp., No. 12-1036. The case involves a parens patriae lawsuit filed in state court by the state attorney ...