Property-rights class actions are difficult to bring, because property tends to be unique, and class actions do not work well with unique claims. But that doesn’t stop plaintiffs from trying to certify classes asserting property based claims.

This week’s case–Onyx Props. LLC v. Bd. Cty. Comm’ners of Elbert Cty., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS

 Commonality (Rule 23(a)(2)) and predominance (one half of Rule 23(b)(3)) are often considered the heart of the class action certification inquiry. Rightly so, for they both strike at the real question a judge must ask: do the class members have enough in common to justify binding them all together in a single case? Through the

 I hope everyone had a good Memorial Day weekend. This week, we take a brief look at a number of opinions that were decided last week, none of which are revolutionary, but all of which are useful to defendants at some stage of the class action. Think of it like a Memorial Day barbecue, a

There’s an intuition among defense lawyers that property-based cases are difficult to certify; not impossible, but certainly difficult. This week’s case, Burdette v. Vigindustries, Inc., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 15412 (D. Kan. Feb. 8, 2012), offers several reasons why that is the case.

Burdette is a case about sinkholes. It involves a neighborhood

Last week, the Sixth Circuit affirmed a trial court’s decision striking class allegations where a proposed nationwide class would necessarily invoke the laws of fifty different jurisdictions. (Russell Jackson has an excellent writeup of the opinion here.) There is no question the opinion is a useful one for defendants. And, since it’s the first

Readers of this blog know that I’ve been an early (and ardent) advocate of challenging poorly-conceived class actions as early as possible. And, during the last three to four years, the motion to strike class allegations has (with good reason) become a popular tactic among defense counsel. And, several months ago, we got one