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Wiley Rein Partner Analyzes Supreme Court Decisions in Wal-Mart v. Dukes and AEP v. Connecticut
In a radio interview, Megan L. Brown, provided analysis of the Supreme Court's recent decisions in two important cases. In Wal-Mart v. Dukes, No. 10-277, the Court rejected the propriety of certification under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23 of a national class action alleging gender discrimination on behalf of 1.5 million female Wal-Mart employees nationwide. In AEP v. Connecticut, 10-174, a unanimous court turned away plaintiffs seeking to use public nuisance doctrine to obtain judicial orders compelling reductions in carbon dioxide emissions to stop or slow global warming. Both cases address the proper role of federal courts and have important implications for businesses nationwide. Ms. Brown provided in depth analysis of the Court's opinions and the consequences of these decisions for the future.