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

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

If I may draw on my (necessarily narrow) experience as a class-action litigator, a rising number of class actions are asserting nationwide contract claims, and specifically claims for the breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing. I could speculate on the reason for that (new class-action theories come into vogue; there has