Monday, August 23, 2010
Benjamin Kaplan had a very distinguished career (you can read some highlights here at the HLS press release). He was also the Reporter on the Rules Committee in 1966 when the class action rule was passed. I had the honor of interviewing him about Rule 23 back in 2005. He was gracious, thoughtful and whip smart.
Kaplan's view was that the class action device was not appropriate for torts cases, chronicled among other places in Judith Resnik's article "From Cases to Litigation."