Comcast Corp. v. Behrend
- Case Date: 8/24/2012
- Project Name: Class Action Reform
On March 27, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned a controversial lower-court decision that certified a class action against the cable television provider Comcast. The decision was a victory for the Washington Legal Foundation, which filed a brief in the case urging decertification. The case arose from a suit filed by six cable subscribers in the Philadelphia area who claim that Comcast violated federal antitrust laws, thereby causing them to pay too much for their cable television. The trial court certified the plaintiffs as representatives of a class of all Comcast cable television subscribers from the 650 franchise areas that comprise the entire Philadelphia market. In decertifying the class, the Court agreed with WLF that the plaintiffs’ damages expert failed to provide reliable evidence that, on the crucial element of money damages, common issues of fact and law predominated over individual issues—an absolute prerequisite for certification of a class action.
More Information and Downloads:
8/24/2012: Download the Brief
Litigation Update: High Court Decertifies Massive Class Action Lawsuit