In a class action, the named plaintiff is supposed to be an adequate representative of the proposed class. While a number of courts have pointed out that the idea that the named plaintiff drives the litigation is largely a legal fiction, it remains a fiction integral to Rule 23. So, given what does it take to disqualify the named plaintiff from serving as an adequate class representative?

One answer is lack of credibility. In Davidson v. Citizens Gas & Coke Utility, 238 F.R.D. 229 (S.D. Ind. 2006), the named plaintiffs alleged that the defendant required all candidates for … Continue Reading

One reason that class actions are notable is that the discovery is particularly one-sided.  The plaintiff likely has few documents, and little to say in deposition about her claims. So the defense spends much of its time in discovery – there’s no better way to say it – playing defense: making sure that it has adequate strategies to address the vulnerabilities in any information it produces.

Plaintiffs’ lawyers consider the 30(b)(6) deposition one of their primary offensive tools. As a result, many defense lawyers treat the 30(b)(6) representative like the goalie in a hockey game: if he can prevent Continue Reading