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On January 15, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari to review the decision of the Ninth Circuit in Baker v. Microsoft Corporation.

Class-wide relief for security breaches just got a little easier in the Seventh Circuit.  

The Third Circuit has published extensively in recent years on the issue of ascertainability. In its fifth ruling in three years on this subject, the court reversed certification of a class of consumers who had leased or purchased laptop computers that contained unauthorized spyware.

Ohio trial courts have needed reminding that class certification requires a bit of explanation. Gordon v. Erie Islands Resort & Marina, a case from Ohio’s 6th Appellate District, is the latest case in point.
S.D. Ohio Holds No-Consent TCPA Class Impermissibly “Fail-Safe”

Class Certification Denied Under Rules 23(a)(2) and 23(b)(3) Where Individualized Inquiries Were Required for Car Dealers’ Claims

Lack of Injury Sinks Class Over Tainted Water Supply

Fail-safe definition dooms state wage and hour class

Determining whether a complaint properly identifies and defines a class is a critical step in determining whether class certification is appropriate.   If a class definition is overbroad, unambiguous, unidentifiable or failsafe, certification should generally be denied.  Federal case law is developed on this point.  Ohio cases, on the other hand ...

An analysis of the first case from the Sixth Circuit to expressly address the fail-safe class, which is defined as a class that requires a decision on the merits of a claim in order to determine who is within the class.

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