Consumer Class Actions Survive Brush With High Court

Law360, New York (June 29, 2012, 7:34 PM EDT) -- Lost in the shuffle of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark health care ruling Thursday was a decision not to rule on a case that could have severely limited the power of consumer advocates to bring class actions accusing corporations of violating a statute even if consumers suffered no direct financial harm.

Rather than rule on the merits of First American Financial Corp. v. Edwards, the high court instead dismissed its writ of certiorari, saying that it had been "improvidently granted."

The case stems from a June...
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