Daily Archives: April 2, 2010

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down State Limitations Through Use of Federal Class Actions

Posted in: Case Updates, Class Actions, News April 02, 2010

In a significant blow to business but a boon for consumers, the Supreme Court ruled yesterday that certain class actions barred or limited by state laws may proceed in federal courts. In Shady Grove Orthopedic Associates, P.A. v. Allstate Insurance Company, __ U.S. __ (March 31, 2010) a 5-4 majority, led by Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court decided that Rule 23 controls when a class-action lawsuit can be filed in federal court, even when such a case in federal court will be decided based on state law. New York’s law and Rule 23, the opinion said, are directly contradictory: both seek to control whether this class-action lawsuit could be filed at all in federal court, but Rule 23 …

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