Judge Abused Discretion In Honda Class Cert: 9th Circ.

Law360, New York (July 24, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- An appeals court has booted Judge Manuel L. Real from four statewide product liability cases against American Honda Motor Corp. after finding that the controversial district judge erroneously granted class certification.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said Tuesday that Judge Real, who was presiding over the consolidated cases in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, abused his discretion by sua sponte certifying a nationwide class without making any findings regarding federal requirements for class...
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