General Electric Capital Corp. v. Thiessen
- Case Date: 2/12/2002
- Project Name: Class Action Reform
On June 17, 2002, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to review this case. That decision was a setback for WLF, which had filed a brief urging the Court to hear the case in order to impose stricter limits on the certification of class actions in federal court. The case involves an age discrimination case certified as a class action on behalf of a large group of employees of GE Capital Corp. WLF argued that such cases are inappropriate for class certification when each plaintiff is seeking money damages because in such cases the issues unique to each employee's claims will predominate over the claims common to the entire class. WLF argued that such cases are essentially untriable and that plaintiffs' attorneys seek certification in such cases solely because they hope to impose pressure on the defendant to settle.
More Information and Downloads:
2/12/2002: Download the Brief
Litigation Update: Court Declines To Limit Use Of Class Actions Suits