“[Commentators complain] that [Standard Fire v. Knowles] is a ‘pro-defendant’ decision and it will certainly be spun that way. But it’s important to recognize that it’s also a pro-consumer decision. The same hellhole judges that ignore due process concerns of defendants when refusing to rule on personal jurisdiction issues or countenancing abusive expensive discovery or improperly certifying classes go on to ignore due process concerns of absent class members when the defendants facing this barrage of litigation pay [plaintiffs’ lawyers] to go away.” Manhattan Institute Center for Legal Policy Adjunct Fellow Ted Frank, blogging about the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling, discussed elsewhere in this Report, curtailing a plaintiff’s ability to stipulate to damages in a putative class action to remain in state court.

PointofLaw.com, March 20, 2013.