Class Actions are Back at the Supreme Court: Statutory Time Limits and "Serial Relitigation" of Class Certification

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This report discusses the the Supreme Court case of "China Agritech v. Rush" which concerns whether a plaintiff in a failed class action suit can sue again individually even if they would have normally been barred from doing so by the statute of limitations. The report explores the history behind the existing rules that apply with respect to statutes of limitations and class actions (the American Pipe rule), before discussing the specifics of China Agritech and the importance of the case for Congress.

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Freeman, Wilson C. March 12, 2018.

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  • Main Title: Class Actions are Back at the Supreme Court: Statutory Time Limits and "Serial Relitigation" of Class Certification
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This report discusses the the Supreme Court case of "China Agritech v. Rush" which concerns whether a plaintiff in a failed class action suit can sue again individually even if they would have normally been barred from doing so by the statute of limitations. The report explores the history behind the existing rules that apply with respect to statutes of limitations and class actions (the American Pipe rule), before discussing the specifics of China Agritech and the importance of the case for Congress.

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Freeman, Wilson C. Class Actions are Back at the Supreme Court: Statutory Time Limits and "Serial Relitigation" of Class Certification, report, March 12, 2018; Washington D.C.. (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1157011/: accessed May 26, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.