This article will explore the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and their application in the granting or denial of certification in an employment discrimination class action. In doing so, this article will examine how the district court applied these rules in the Wal-Mart action, which resulted in the certification of the largest private class action suit in American history. Additionally, this article will consider the consequences of the Ninth Circuit's utilization of permissive and liberal standards and, alternatively, the consequences of incorporation of stricter standards from various other circuit courts and the possible result of denial of certification.
Note, Reconsidering the Scope and Consequences of Appellate Review in the Certification Decision of Dukes v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 53 Clev. St. L. Rev. 747 (2005-2006)