Recently, a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appears for the Third Circuit ruled that "a putative class action accusing Halcón Energy Properties, Inc. of violating agreements to lease mineral rights from Pennsylvania landowners belonged in state court under the federal Class Action Fairness Act [CAFA] despite that the plaintiffs had filed a previous complaint in federal court," Law360.com reports. In Jeffrey Vodenichar et al. v. Halcon Energy Properties Inc. et al., the court issued a "precedential ruling finding that the so-called local controversy exception did not apply when plaintiffs filed a new suit as a means of joining additional defendants." For more, read the full story, the District Court’s judgment, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit’s decision affirming that judgment.