Supreme Court ruling will allow more class actions

04/1/2010 | National Law Journal (free registration), The

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that Civil Procedure Rule 23, the federal class action rule, supersedes the New York law that forbids class actions that attempt to recoup statutory penalties. "This is a major decision affecting statutory claims," said Scott Nelson of Public Citizen Litigation Group. "We now have cases that under controlling state law could never proceed as class actions in state court transformed into completely different litigation."

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