By Gerald L. Maatman, Jr.

The Ninth Circuit’s ruling in Stockwell v. City & Cnty. of San Francisco, Case No. 12-15070 (9th Cir.  April 24, 2014), is already sparking a debate over the meaning of Rule 23. Our posting on the ruling is here. The decision ought to be required reading for all corporate counsel concerned about workplace class action litigation.

More recently, BNA Daily Labor Report contacted us for our views on Stockwell, and it subsequently published an extensive article on the implications of the decision.

We thought our loyal blog readers would find BNA’s article to be of interest. It provides an extensive analysis of the Ninth Circuit’s opinion in the form of a point/counter-point debate of sorts with Joe Sellers of Cohen Milstein, one of the leading lights of the plaintiffs’ class action bar, asserting a view of the plaintiffs’ bar and myself on behalf of the defense bar.

Enjoy the debate!