Briseno v. ConAgra Foods, Inc.
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
844 F.3d 1121 (2017)
Robert Briseno and a group of other consumers (plaintiffs) purchased a cooking oil labeled “100% Natural.” The consumers argued that the label was misleading because the oil was made from genetically-modified ingredients, which the consumers contended were not natural. The consumers brought a class-action suit against the manufacturer of the oil, ConAgra Foods, Inc. (defendant). The consumers sought to certify anyone who purchased the oil within the statute of limitations as a class. ConAgra opposed class certification on the ground that there would be no administratively feasible way to identify members of the class. ConAgra maintained that consumers would not be able to reliably identify themselves as class members. The trial court held that at the certification stage, it was sufficient that the class was defined by an objective standard: whether class members purchased the oil during a particular period. ConAgra appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Friedland, J.)
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