The Supreme Court in January declined to review a Seventh Circuit decision holding that a defendant’s support of a proposed class settlement estops the defendant from later opposing certification of a litigation class in the
event the proposed settlement is not approved. The defendants had argued that such a result—handed down in Carnegie v. Household Int’l, Inc.1—would “discourage the settlement of class actions.” Rejecting that suggestion, the Seventh Circuit (Posner, J.) noted that “[t]he pressures for settlement of class actions are enormous and will be not be lessened significantly by our upholding the class certification.”

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