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The Use of Subclasses in Class Action Suits Under Title VII

Susan Bisom-Rapp
Industrial Relations Law Journal
Vol. 9, No. 1 (1987), pp. 116-147
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/24049990
Page Count: 32
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The Use of Subclasses in Class Action Suits Under Title VII
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Abstract

This Comment considers the use of subclasses in class action suits brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The author argues that the lack of a systematic approach to subclass use has caused confusion for both judges and practitioners, leading to inconsistent administration of this procedural device. The author defines three categories of subclasses and, through a survey of the case law, describes their unique attributes and the circumstances which prompt their definition. Following this section, the author presents an approach for identifying the need, in a given case, for division of a class into subclasses and discusses practical methods for conducting class litigation after having certified a subclass.

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