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Amchem Products v. Windsor

Significance, The Proper Question Of Class Certification, Breyer Urges Action, Further Readings


Amchem Products and 19 other companies


George Windsor and other individuals

Petitioners' Claim

Appellants desired to settle a large class-action suit with a number of individuals and families; respondents in this case were a group of persons involved in the suit who objected to the settlement under Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Justices for the Court

Ruth Bader Ginsburg (writing for the Court), Anthony M. Kennedy, William H. Rehnquist, Antonin Scalia, David H. Souter, Clarence Thomas

Justices Dissenting

Stephen Breyer, John Paul Stevens, (Sandra Day O'Connor did not participate)


Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

25 June 1997


That the "sprawling class" represented in the large class-action settlement did not constitute a class at all under Rule 23.

Related Cases

  • Huron Portland Cement Co. v. City of Detroit, 362 U.S. 440 (1960).
  • Georgine v. Amchem Products, Inc. 83 F. 34d 610 (1996).
  • Walker v. Liggett Group, Inc. 175 F.R.D. 226 (1997).
  • In re Prudential Insurance Co. of America Sales Practices Litigation, 148 F.3d 283 (1998).

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