Montana Supreme Court

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DA 12-0130


Case Updates

Montana Supreme Court strikes down “punitives only” class actions

August 29, 2013

The court affirmed the lower court’s certification of a Rule 23(b)(2) class for declaratory and injunctive relief but reversed the certification of a potential class-wide punitive damages award.

U.S. Chamber files amicus brief

June 20, 2012

NCLC urged the Montana Supreme Court to hold that the lower court’s decision certifying a “punitive damage-only class” violates constitutional due process rights. In what may be an unprecedented decision, the lower court certified a class of insurance claimants to seek punitive damages without establishing any right to compensatory damages and without showing harm - or, as the court put it, “irrespective of individual outcomes.” According to NCLC’s brief, this radical class certification is unconstitutional and violates defendants’ rights to defend themselves in court.

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