U.S. Supreme Court

Case Status


Docket Number



Cert. Denied


Questions Presented

1. Whether the predominance requirement of Rule 23(b)(3) is satisfied by the purported “efficiency” of a class trial on one abstract issue, without considering the host of individual issues that would need to be tried to resolve liability and damages and without determining whether the aggregate of common issues predominates over the aggregate of individual issues.

2. Whether a product liability class may be certified where it is undisputed that most members did not experience the alleged defect or harm.

Case Updates

Cert. petition denied

February 24, 2014

U.S. Chamber asks U.S. Supreme Court to review Seventh Circuit class certification ruling

November 06, 2013

The U.S. Chamber asked the U.S. Supreme Court to grant the cert. petition to review this Seventh Circuit case and a similar case out of the Sixth Circuit, Whirlpool Corp. v. Glazer (II), to clarify whether these circuits properly ordered the proposed product liability class actions to be certified. In this case, plaintiffs filed a class action alleging breach of warranty claims on behalf of buyers of front-loading washing machines sold by the petitioner in six states. Although the Seventh Circuit initially ordered the classes certified under Rule 23, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated that decision and remanded the case to the Seventh Circuit in light of the Court's decision in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend. The Chamber's brief argues that on remand, the Seventh Circuit misapplied the Supreme Court's class action jurisprudence, sweeping aside individual questions that make these claims unfit for class certification.

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