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Q&A With Seyfarth Shaw's Gerald L. Maatman Jr.

Law360 (November 14, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Rule 23 standards are so plaintiff-friendly, especially in the Ninth Circuit, that some jokingly suggest that it’s possible to certify a ham sandwich in California. Class certification case law has lost its moorings to the purposes of multiparty litigation, says Seyfarth Shaw's Gerald L. Maatman Jr. in our series of chats with high-profile employment lawyers.

Q. What attracted you to employment law as a practice area? And what keeps you interested?

A. The chance to try jury cases after the advent of the Civil Rights Act of 1991 sealed my devotion to practicing employment law. The myriad ways in which people...

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