A Red Light For Federal Class Certification In Calif.

Law360, New York (February 2, 2012, 2:25 PM EST) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has reined in the ability of federal courts to certify consumer product class actions under California’s broad consumer protection statutes.

Specifically, the Ninth Circuit held that choice-of-law issues prevented certification of a nationwide automobile purchaser class, and that even a California-only class was precluded by individual issues of reliance. In doing so, the Ninth Circuit confirmed that the "rigorous analysis" standard recently affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court in Wal-Mart v. Dukes applies with full force in...
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