Uninjured Parties Can't Join Calif. Class Actions

Law360, New York (January 30, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- In a blow to the plaintiffs bar, the California Supreme Court has ruled in a suit brought against Sprint Spectrum LP over early termination fees that uninjured parties cannot tag on to class actions under the state's consumer fraud act, holding that a “palpable threshold of damage” must be met.

The text of the Consumers Legal Remedies Act makes plain that the consumer must suffer some form of damage to sue under the act's provisions, the court unanimously held in its ruling Thursday.

The ruling, which...
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