Conagra Brands, Inc. v. Briseño
- Case Date: 5/12/2017
- Project Name: Civil Justice Reform
On May 12, 2017, WLF filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court, urging it to rule that cases may not proceed as class actions if there is no administratively feasible method of identifying members of the plaintiff class. WLF urged the Court to review and overturn an appeals court decision that certified a huge plaintiff class despite the absence of any means of identifying class members. WLF argued that if courts cannot determine who class members are, a class action becomes wholly unmanageable. This suit was filed by a consumer who contends that cooking oil he purchased bore misleading labeling. He seeks to represent millions of other consumers who purchased the same product, but he admits that there are no written records that could be used to identify class members. WLF argued that when courts allow cases of this sort to proceed as class actions, individual consumers never benefit. Rather, any settlement funds go primarily to plaintiffs’ lawyers.
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5/12/2017: Download the Brief