Robinson Bradshaw

Topic: Manageability

Individual Issues Doom ASU Students’ Class Action

In a decision handed down today, a panel of the North Carolina Court of Appeals upheld the trial court’s denial of class certification in a case brought by college students at Appalachian State University to recover rental security deposits. The Court of Appeals held that “[d]etermination of the appropriate amount of each Plaintiff’s refund would […]

North Carolina Court of Appeals Uses Lenient Standard of Review in Affirming Denial of Class Certification

In a decision filed today, the North Carolina Court of Appeals held that the trial court did not abuse its discretion in declining to certify a class of Currituck County property owners upset about an easement affecting their coastal property. After observing that denial of class certification affects a substantial right, the Court upheld the trial […]

Fourth Circuit Vacates Five Related Class Certifications

As the saying goes, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. Judge Diaz issued a decision yesterday pertaining to five class actions concerning coalbed methane gas, long thought to be a “dangerous waste product,” but later discovered to be an energy resource and the source of a “distinct mineral estate.” The Fourth Circuit granted Rule […]