The Conservative Case for Class Actions

Puget Sound Lawyers Chapter

In a new book published by the University of Chicago Press, Vanderbilt Law Professor Brian Fitzpatrick makes the case for class action litigation from a surprising perspective: an unabashedly conservative point of view.  Professor Fitzpatrick was a law clerk to Diarmuid O’Scannlain on the Ninth Circuit and Nino Scalia on the Supreme Court.  He argues that class action lawsuits are akin to private enforcement of the law, and, for the same reasons conservatives prefer other private sector solutions to problems, we should prefer private enforcement of the law to public enforcement.  In addition, the book marshals data to counter several popular myths about class actions.  More information on the book can be found here: Please join us for what is sure to be a provocative discussion!


  • Brian Fitzpatrick, Professor, Vanderbilt Law

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