The United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit on May 1 cleared the way for potential lawsuits involving a dryer manufactured and sold by Sears, overturning its own prior injunction barring such suits. In 2008, the 7th Circuit decertified a class of plaintiffs who claimed a dryer, marketed by Sears as consisting of stainless steel, actually contained an internal drum containing a small amount of ceramic-coated mild steel that could stain clothes. At that time, the 7th Circuit described the suit as being “near frivolous” and ordered all lower courts to bar future class actions arising from the same allegation. Thereafter, the United States Supreme Court vacated the 7th Circuit’s mandate to the lower courts and remanded for further consideration, citing its own ruling in Smith v. Bayer, wherein the Supreme Court held that “neither a proposed class action nor a rejected class action may bind nonparties.” In light of the Smith decision, the 7th Circuit determined that due to the decertification of the previous class, judgments issued concerning the initial plaintiff could not impact subsequent claims made by members of the decertified class.