A New Model For Rejecting Disparate Impact Class Claims

Law360, New York (May 17, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT) -- When one thinks of the judicial venues responsible for leading class action rulings, the District Court of Polk County, Iowa, does not immediately come to mind.

Judge Robert Blink’s opinion of April 17, 2012, however, has put Polk County on the class action map. His ruling, coming after a three-week class action trial in Pippen v. Iowa, No. LACL107038 (Dist. Ct. Polk County Apr. 17, 2012), is a stunner.

Blink entered judgment for defendants and against a class of African-American employees who claimed class-wide bias in...
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