constitutional arguments

 Defendants often argue that limiting the evidence they can produce in a class action violates their rights to due process. It’s an argument we take very seriously, but since it’s usually not the centerpiece of the argument, many defense arguments mention the concept briefly and then move on to the intricacies of Rule 23 or

Last month, I received a flurry of email from various people who wanted to point me towards Mark Herrrman’s column on Above the Law, "Torpedoing Class Actions." In that column, Herrmann reviewed Martin Redish’s 2009 book Wholesale Justice, which argues that class actions are an unconstitutional delegation of state power to private

Bench trials comprise a significant percentage of class-action trials. And class-action defense lawyers are often conflicted about whether it’s better to try a case in front of a jury or a judge. A judge may be better equipped to sort through some of the more complex issues in the case, but sometimes complexity can favor

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