Class Action Smackdown

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Class action plaintiff lawyers have been known to do some pretty sleazy things. Don’t just take our word for it. Check out the ALI’s recently adopted Principles of the Law of Aggregate Litigation §§1.05, 3.08 (2010), and especially the cases and articles cited in the Reporter’s Notes. Class action plaintiff lawyers also have to satisfy the “adequacy of representation” prong of Rule 23(a) in order to get a class certified. When can the former preclude the latter?

That was the question in the recent decision by the Seventh Circuit in Creative Montessori Learning Centers v. Ashford Gear LLC, No. 11-8020, slip op. (7th Cir. Nov. 22, 2011). Creative Montesori isn’t a drug/device case – far from it – but it’s a useful reminder about another way to defend against class actions. Moreover, we recommend that defense counsel read it with an eye towards the type of discovery that would be appropriate to prove the sorts of representation issues that the Seventh Circuit has declared relevant (and potentially dispositive) to class certification.

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