Magistrate Backs Some Class Status In First Data Suit

Law360, Chicago (May 4, 2012, 6:30 PM EDT) -- A federal magistrate judge in New York recommended Thursday that a small business owner be granted class status for declaratory and injunctive relief claims against payment processor First Data Corp., which allegedly made unauthorized debits from his checking account and violated the state's deceptive sales law.

U.S. Magistrate Judge E. Thomas Boyle said one of the two classes sought by plaintiff Azmie Madanat should be certified, rejecting as misapplied First Data's argument that Madanat could not establish commonality because most of his claims were in line...
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