Class Cert. Nixed In National Western RICO Case

Law360, New York (January 12, 2010, 2:15 PM EST) -- Finding that the named plaintiffs are not representative, a federal judge has denied class certification to senior citizens who accused National Western Life Insurance Co. and a group of competing sales organizations and agents of working together to fraudulently market and sell annuity policies to the elderly.

Judge Janis Sammartino of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California struck down the motion Monday, asserting that the plaintiffs had not sufficiently proved typicality and adding that they had also not carried their burden with...
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