This month’s edition of BNA, Inc.’s Class Action Litigation Reporter (available by subscription) tipped me off to three interesting class action-related cases pending before the United States Supreme Court:
1) Morrison v. National Australia Bank, No. 08-1191 (cert pending). The Court invited the Solicitor General to submit a brief expressing the U.S. government’s views on a petition for certoriari to review the Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ well-publicized “foreign-cubed” class action decision. (For more on the lower court’s decision in Morrison, see this October 28, 2008 CAB entry).
2) Herz v. Corporation v. Friend, No. 08-1107 (cert granted). This case involves an issue that is the subject to a split among the Circuit Courts of Appeals regarding the proper test for establishing a corporation’s principal place of business for diversity purposes under 28 U.S.C. 1332, as amended by the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA).
3) Merck & Co. v. Reynolds, No. 08-905 (cert granted). This appeal involves the standard for triggering the statute of limitations in a securities fraud case and the question of whether, for purposes of “inquiry notice” sufficient to trigger the limitations period, an investor has a duty to investigate prior to receiving actual knowledge of both a misrepresentation and the defendant’s wrongful intent.
The cert petitions and briefs for these cases are available for download at the SCOTUSblog.