Brief of Amicus Curiae Complex Litigation Law Professors in Support of Respondents: Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, No. 14-1146

26 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2015

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Sergio J. Campos

Boston College - Law School

Suzette Malveaux

University of Colorado Law School

David Rosenberg

Harvard Law School

Michael Sant'Ambrogio

Michigan State University - College of Law

Jay Tidmarsh

Notre Dame Law School

Adam S. Zimmerman

USC Gould School of Law

Date Written: September 29, 2015

Abstract

This brief addresses the first question presented in Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, No. 14-1146, which concerns the use of statistical techniques in class actions. The brief informs the Supreme Court of the appropriate uses of statistics and other inferential proof in class actions. It also shows that statistical techniques can be used by courts while allowing a defendant to assert individual defenses. Courts can do so by utilizing bifurcation or similar trial practices.

Keywords: class action, statistics, trial by formula, bifurcation, predominance

JEL Classification: K41

Suggested Citation

Campos, Sergio J. and Malveaux, Suzette and Rosenberg, Michael and Sant'Ambrogio, Michael and Tidmarsh, Jay and Zimmerman, Adam S., Brief of Amicus Curiae Complex Litigation Law Professors in Support of Respondents: Tyson Foods, Inc. v. Bouaphakeo, No. 14-1146 (September 29, 2015). CUA Columbus School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2669672, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2669672 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2669672

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Suzette Malveaux

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Michael Rosenberg

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Michael Sant'Ambrogio

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Adam S. Zimmerman

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