Tenth Circuit Reaffirms That a Case Terminates When the Class Representative's Claims Become Moot Before Class Certification

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In Clark v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., Nos. 07-1454, 07-1466, the Tenth Circuit affirmed a district court's order denying class certification because it lost jurisdiction when the representative plaintiff's claims became moot. Clark shows how a defendant's request for a merits determination before class certification was rewarded when the resulting decision mooted the named plaintiff's claim and defeated class certification.

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