AND IN CLASS-ACTION NEWS . . . Weekend reading from the New York Times: "Corporations Find a Friend in the Supreme Court," by Adam Liptak.
In the article, Liptak analyzes recent class-action rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court; a recent study finds that business rulings by the Roberts court have been "far friendlier to business than those of any court since at least World War II."
Jason M. Halper, a lawyer at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in New York, said the collective message of [the court's recent cases] was clear: “When you take all of them together, the effect is certainly to make the use of class actions much more difficult.”
For consumers and plaintiffs' lawyer, there's also this slightly-more-optimistic view:
Others are wary of generalizations. Jonathan H. Adler, a law professor at Case Western Reserve University, said the Roberts court was “not particularly welcoming to efforts by plaintiffs’ lawyers to open new avenues of litigation, but it has not done much to cut back on those avenues already established by prior cases.”
Finally, I apologize in advance for being unable to resist a link to some of my own published writing about the class actions: "Class Actions Deter Corporate Wrongdoing," from the Roanoke Times, and "The Best Defense Against Class Actions", from the Alton Telegraph.)