Pet Owners Denied Class Cert. In Toxic Dog-Treat Suit

Law360, Los Angeles (January 30, 2014, 8:14 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Thursday refused to certify several nationwide classes of consumers who bought allegedly tainted dog treats from Globalinx Pet LLC, finding class certification would be inappropriate because consumer protection laws differ across the jurisdictions covered by the proposed classes.

U.S. District Judge David O. Carter denied named plaintiff Jennifer Holt's motion to certify five nationwide classes, ruling the proposed classes didn't meet Rule 23's predominance and superiority requirements because Globalinx showed different state laws would govern various plaintiffs' claims.

"Because the defendants...
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