A Class Denied

CPLR § 901 Prerequisites to a class action

Corsello v Verizon N.Y., Inc., 2010 NY Slip Op 06563 (App. Div., 2nd 2010)

Contrary to the plaintiffs' contentions, the Supreme Court properly denied their motion, inter alia, for class action certification. The Supreme Court properly found that the proposed class definition was overbroad (see Klein v Robert's Am. Gourmet Food, Inc., 28 AD3d 63, 71). Furthermore, the plaintiffs failed to establish that questions of law or fact common to the class predominate over any questions affecting only individual members (see CPLR 901[a][2]; Morrissey v Nextel Partners, Inc., 72 AD3d 209; Solomon v Bell Atl. Corp., 9 AD3d 49, 53; Hazelhurst v Brita Prods. Co., 295 AD2d 240, 241-242; Small v Lorillard Tobacco Co., 252 AD2d 1, 9, affd 94 NY2d 43; Mitchell v Barrios-Paoli, 253 AD2d 281, 291), and that their claims or defenses were typical of those of the class (see CPLR 901[a][3]; Dimich v Med-Pro, Inc., 34 AD3d 329, 330; Ross v Amrep Corp., 57 AD2d 99, 102-103).

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