June 9, 2012
Mullenix on Wal-Mart v. Dukes, One Year Later
Prof. Linda Mullenix (Texas) has a piece in the National Law Journal entitled A year after 'Wal-Mart,' class actions not dead yet. It begins:
As the first anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's June 20, 2011, landmark class action decision in Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541, approaches, a smattering of federal district court decisions suggest that judges are carefully parsing that opinion and still certifying class actions. Although it is far too early to project any definitive assessments, some melodramatic pronouncements of the death of class litigation in Dukes' wake seem premature.