Judge Reels in "Fishing" Expedition in Philips Suit

Law360, New York (August 7, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a putative class action over allegedly defective televisions made by Philips Electronics North America Corp., a federal judge put a stop to what he called plaintiffs attempts to “go fishing” for a new class representative after the sole named plaintiff was deemed inadequate.

After Judge Jed S. Rakoff denied plaintiff's request to reopen discovery in order to find a new representative in a decision issued June 5, he also dismissed the case, citing a resulting lack of jurisdiction.

The case centered on allegations that the...
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