High Court Moldy Washer Ruling May Increase Class Actions

Law360, New York (February 24, 2014, 5:19 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari in Butler v. Sears, Roebuck & Co. and Whirlpool Corp. v. Glazer, after weeks of relisting the case and leaving the defense community in suspense, marks a retreat from recent Supreme Court jurisprudence tightening class-certification standards and may be seen by some lower courts as a green light for certifying overlybroad consumer products classes, in which large numbers of class members have not encountered any problems with their products.

The central problem with these cases is that the vast...
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