I’m going to try a new semi-regular feature, which is to provide summaries of some of the seminal cases on which class-action defendants frequently rely. Instead of focusing on the tactics that led to these rulings, I’ll be highlighting the most commonly-used passages, as well as some that may be wrongly overlooked.

We’ll start this

Defendants walk a thin tightrope over a deep chasm when they have to litigate and settle a class action. On the one hand, litigating a class action vigorously requires the defendant to argue that a class is not certifiable. On the other, to settle a case on a classwide basis, the parties have to convince