DEFENSE COMMENTARY ON SUPREME COURT DECISION – Wal-Mart v. Dukes
CHICAGO, IL (Law Firm Newswire) June 21, 2011 - DRI – What: DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar has experts available to speak about the impact of the Supreme Court case Wal-Mart v. Dukes
Why: The landmark Wal-Mart v. Dukes case has far-reaching implications for both Title VII class actions and for class actions more generally. Had the Supreme Court affirmed the decisions of the district court and the Ninth Circuit, the effect could have been a dramatic expansion of the circumstances in which class certification is appropriate. Instead, the Court held that the certification of the proposed class, which would have been the largest employment class action in history, was not consistent with Federal Rule of Civil Procedure Rule 23(a)(2), which requires a party seeking class certification to prove that the class has common “questions of law or fact.” The Court further held that the class plaintiffs’ backpay claims were improperly certified under Rule 23(b)(2).
When: immediate and ongoing
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Vicki Bendure, APR
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