Class Action Takeaways From 9th Circ.'s New Hyundai Ruling

Law360 (June 10, 2019, 1:54 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has not been kind to consumer class action defendants. So, maybe karma is what drove its 8-3 en banc decision in In re Hyundai and Kia Fuel Economy Litigation.[1]  Whatever the reason, Hyundai is a welcome ruling, especially when you consider the Ninth Circuit’s earlier decision[2] that managed the rare feat of drawing ire of both the plaintiffs and defendants bars.

Hyundai addresses how class action settlements should be evaluated. The decision is important, and not just for what it means for class action settlements. It also reaffirms core principles of litigated motions for class certification, which should bring a smile...

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