Plaintiffs Bar Cheers High Court's Pass On Class Cert. Review

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (March 21, 2019, 9:55 PM EDT) -- The plaintiffs bar is applauding the U.S. Supreme Court's choice this week to leave intact a Sixth Circuit decision that endorses a little-used path to class certification, a ruling experts say is likely to result in more successful class actions, especially toxic torts, across the country.

The justices passed up a chance to review the Sixth Circuit's broad interpretation of class action requirements in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which allowed a group of Dayton, Ohio, residents suing four companies over groundwater pollution to move their lawsuit forward in an unconventional way.

U.S. District Judge Walter Rice in 2017 found...

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