In this issue:

The U.S. Supreme Court took a hard look at class actions earlier this year in a decision on Wal-Mart v. Dukes. Our five papers not only represent opinions from both sides of the decision, but present different outlooks on how the outcome may—or may not—impact further antitrust class actions.

Wal-Mart v. Dukes: Its Antitrust Significance

Donald Falk, Marcia Goodman, Archis Parasharami, Aug 16, 2011

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes: Supreme Court Clarifies Commonality Analysis for Class Actions and Rejects Use of Injunctive Relief as Hook to Certify Damages Class

The Supreme Court’s decision sets relatively clear limits on aspects of class certification that had become indistinct and thus improperly permissive. Donald M. Falk, Archis A. Parasharami, & Marcia E. Goodman (Mayer Brown)

Jay Himes, William Reiss, Aug 15, 2011

Duking It Out in Antitrust Price-Fixing: Class Actions After Dukes

Dukes did not address the requirement of predominance—much less did it brighten the analysis or heighten the evidentiary standard by which predominance must be shown. Jay Himes & William Reiss (Labaton Sucharow LLP)

Marcia McCormick, Aug 15, 2011

Implausible Wrongs and Dissimilarities: The Supreme Court Continues Its Anti-Litigation Trend, This Time With a Class Action Focus in Wal-Mart v. Dukes

That invitation will inevitably result in fewer class actions. Marcia McCormick (St. Louis Univ. School of Law)

William Monts III, Aug 15, 2011

Antitrust Class Actions After Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes

Dukes is likely to have significant effect on the way antitrust class actions are litigated. William L. Monts III (Hogan Lovells)

William Michael, Aidan Synnott, Aug 15, 2011

Implications of Wal-Mart v. Dukes for Federal Antitrust Class Actions

This ruling will make it harder for plaintiffs to obtain class certification in all types of actions—including antitrust cases. Aidan Synnott & William Michael (Paul, Weiss)