U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit

Case Status


Docket Number

04-5448 05-5002

Oral Argument Date

February 06, 2006


Case Updates

D.C. Circuit denies nationwide class action certification

March 31, 2006

The D.C. Circuit affirmed the district court’s decision to deny nationwide class certification. In its decision, the court said that anecdotal, unsubstantiated claims of discrimination were insufficient grounds for establishing class certification. The court expressly rejected the plaintiffs' argument that the geographic spread of decision-makers is irrelevant to class certification.

U.S. Chamber files amicus brief

October 28, 2005

NCLC urged the D.C. circuit to affirm the district court’s decision denying nationwide class certification in this case. This case involved claims that the USDA unlawfully discriminated against females and Hispanics across the nation in its administration of farm loans programs (and, in one case, disaster benefits). Among other things, NCLC pointed out that class certification is plainly inappropriate where, as here, the decision-making process is decentralized and the decision makers are geographically dispersed and making independent selection decisions.

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