The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit holds that no class containing uninjured members can be certified unless, when moving for class certification, plaintiffs offer a manageable way for defendants to contest at trial whether their conduct injured individual class members (In re: Asacol Antitrust Litigation)

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit's landmark In re: Asacol Antitrust Litigation decision holds that no class containing uninjured members can be certified unless, when moving for class certification, plaintiffs offer a manageable way for defendants to contest at trial whether their conduct injured individual class members. [1] Asacol relies on binding U.S. Supreme Court precedent affirming that a defendant's due process rights and Seventh Amendment right to trial by jury cannot be violated so that a case may proceed as a class action. It also relies on the Rules Enabling Act's prohibition on using the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure to "abridge, enlarge, or modify any substantive right." [2] Class actions do not give class members special rights, such as a free pass

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Michael E. Hamburger, Kevin Adam, Abdul Hafiz, The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit holds that no class containing uninjured members can be certified unless, when moving for class certification, plaintiffs offer a manageable way for defendants to contest at trial whether their conduct injured individual class members (In re : Asacol Antitrust Litigation), 15 octobre 2018, e-Competitions Class actions, Art. N° 96380

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