The Law: Legal Briefs

> The Supreme Court decided last year that under federal rules, anyone bringing a class action must notify all other potential parties to the suit (TIME. June 10). That tough interpretation put a stop to such far-reaching actions as one brought on behalf of "all U.S. citizens." Sensible as that seemed, critics were quick to point out that many legitimate consumer suits would also go down the drain—as Sandra Lee Cartt has just found out. Car Owner Cartt, an elementary school teacher in San Fernando. Calif, had wondered about Standard Oil of California's claims that its F-310 gasoline reduced air pollution....

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