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Quoted: Kagan’s java joke

“This decision involves a very complex procedural issue. And if you understand anything I say here, you will likely be a lawyer, and you will have had your morning cup of coffee.”

~Justice Elena Kagan, warning the audience at the Supreme Court yesterday before summarizing the Court’s opinion in the case Smith v. Bayer, which held that a federal district court cannot enjoin a state court from certifying a product liability class action based on an earlier decision the federal court made not to certify a class in a related case brought by different plaintiffs.

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