Academic journal article Defense Counsel Journal

IADC Amicus Brief Program

Academic journal article Defense Counsel Journal

IADC Amicus Brief Program

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The International Association of Defense Counsel has an active amicus curiae program, submitting briefs on issues of importance to IADC members and their clients. Through its amicus participation, the IADC has helped shape the law surrounding product liability, arbitration, class actions, attorney client privilege, punitive damages, civil discovery, standing, jurisdiction, and tort reform. This section of the Defense Counsel Journal is dedicated to highlighting recent amicus briefs so that the Journal's readers can benefit from the insights presented therein.

In The Procter & Gamble Co. v. Rikos, No. 15-835 (Jan. 29, 2016), the International Association of Defense Counsel filed a brief in support of petitioner The Procter & Gamble Company's argument that class certification must be based on evidence that the putative class members in fact suffered a common injury. In Rikos, the Sixth Circuit held that proof of a common injury only becomes "relevant" at the merits stage of a class action, and that class certification merely requires the recitation of a theory of liability common to the putative class. The IADC's brief argued that the Supreme Court in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011), demands a more rigorous inquiry into a putative class's cohesiveness, and urged the Court to reverse the Sixth Circuit's standard. The briefs were authored by IADC member and Amicus Committee Chair M. C. Sungaila and Martin M. Ellison of Haynes & Boone, LLP.

No. 15-835

In The Supreme Court of tfje ®utteb States

THE PROCTER & GAMBLE COMPANY,

Petitioner,

v.

DINO RIKOS, et al.,

Respondents.

On Petition For A Writ Of Certiorari To The United States Court Of Appeals For The Sixth Circuit

BRIEF FOR AMICUS CURIAE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DEFENSE COUNSEL IN SUPPORT OF PETITIONER

MARY-CHRISTINE SUNGAILA

Counsel of Record

MARTIN M. ELLISON

HAYNES AND BOONE, LLP

600 Anton Boulevard, Suite 700

Costa Mesa, CA 92626

(949) 202-3000

me. sungaila@haynesboone. com

Counsel for Amicus Curiae

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Page

INTEREST OF THE AMICUS CURIAE............. 1

SUMMARY OF THE ARGUMENT...................... 3

ARGUMENT........................................................ 4

I. The Sixth Circuit's Analysis Undermines This Court's Repeated Requirement That Plaintiffs Prove the Appropriateness of Class Certification..................................... 4

II. The Impact of the Sixth Circuit's Decision Will Be Significant, Immediate, and Far-Reaching............................................. 9

CONCLUSION..................................................... 12

TABLE OF AUTHORITIES

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Cases

Amchem Prods., Inc. v. Windsor, 521 U.S. 591 (1997).........................................................................5

Arroyo v. Pfizer, Inc., No. C-12-4030 EMC, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13789 (N.D. Cal. Jan. 31, 2013) ..........................................................................8

Califano v. Yamasaki, 442 U.S. 682 (1979).................4

Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, 133 S. Ct. 1426 (2013).........................................................................5

Coopers & Lybrand v. Livesay, 437 U.S. 463 (1978).......................................................................11

East Tex. Motor Freight System, Inc. v. Rodriguez, 431 U.S. 395 (1977)..........................................4

In re Parlamat Sec. Litig., 497 F. Supp. 2d 526 (S.D.N.Y. 2007)..........................................................2

Parko v. Shell Oil Co., 739 F.3d 1083 (7th Cir. 2014) ........................................................................10

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011)...............................................................passim

RULES

Fed. R. Civ. P. …

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