That’s the question posed by a student note coming out from the Hastings College of Law in July. And the answer, according to author Joshus Stadler, is “No.”

Stadler’s primary argument is that the class action has its roots in equity, and was conferred its current status by the Rules Enabling Act, which does not enlarge or constrict any substantive rights. Since the Seventh Amendment only allows for jury trials for causes of action that existed in common law at the time of its adoption (generally, 1791), and the class action was given its modern status as a procedural … Continue Reading