Walker v. Liggett Group, Inc., 175 F.R.D. 226, 38 Fed.R. Serv. 3d 377 (S.D. W. Va. 1997)
This case involved a class action lawsuit. Baron & Budd, along with non-profit Public Justice, worked together to intervene. They were able to convince the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia to deny a class action settlement from Liggett Group, Inc., a cigarette manufacturer. The class action settlement, the court ruled, was in violation of Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The reason it was in violation, according to the court, was that it did not provide for fair and adequate representation regarding the diverse groups of people who had been affected.
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