Ah, class decertification in district court…the rarely glimpsed, late-harvest victory that comparatively few class action defense counsel can claim to have tasted. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer of the Northern District of California recently delivered one such victory for the … Continue Reading
Some years are exciting in class action practice; others are tamer. In general, in any established area of the law, precedent accumulates only incrementally. And, with the modern Rule 23 entering its 50th anniversary year, it makes sense that this … Continue Reading
The Subcommittee believes that drafting a formal ascertainability requirement is too difficult; it should try nonetheless.
The Advisory Committee should clarify the role of issue certification, by reinforcing that issue certification is only appropriate when a class is otherwise certifiable under Rule 23.
One of the Advisory Committee’s “front burner” issues is whether to clarify Rule … Continue Reading
The Advisory Committee has signaled that the merits inquiry is a “back burner” issue for the next Rule 23 amendments. Perhaps they should nudge it towards the front.
The role of the merits inquiry at certification is of vital interest … Continue Reading