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Daniel is a litigator who has represented clients in complex business litigation, class-action defense, intellectual property disputes, and data privacy matters, including crisis management and breach response. He has extensive experience across various industries in Ohio and New York courts, in private arbitrations, and in business negotiations outside of the courtroom.

A recent Sixth Circuit opinion reiterated that, for purposes of evaluating diversity jurisdiction, the citizenship of a limited liability company is determined by the citizenship of its members. E.g., Akno 1010 Mkt. Street St. Louis Missouri LLC v. Pourtaghi, 43 F.4th 624, 626 (6th Cir. 2022). An LLC’s state of organization and principal place of business are irrelevant to that analysis because 28 U.S.C. § 1332(c) refers specifically to “corporation[s],” while LLCs, like partnerships, are treated as unincorporated associations. Id.; Delay v. Rosenthal Collins Grp., LLC, 585 F.3d 1003, 1005 (6th Cir. 2009) (“The general rule is that all unincorporated entities — of which a limited liability company is one — have the citizenship of each partner or member.”). But a different jurisdictional test applies when a plaintiff’s complaint falls within the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA).
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Welcome to Taft’s Class Action & Consumer Insights blog. Here, we will discuss developments in class actions and consumer statutes that are frequently the subject of class actions, such as the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and various state-law consumer-protection statutes. We hope you enjoy.
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