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Microsoft Corp. v. Baker

United States Supreme Court
137 S. Ct. 1702 (2017)


Facts

Seth Baker (plaintiff) filed a class action suit against Microsoft Corporation (defendant), alleging that Microsoft’s Xbox videogame console destroyed game discs. The district court denied class certification. Unable to appeal the denial due to the final judgment rule, Baker stipulated to voluntary dismissal of his case with prejudice. Baker then appealed the judgment, but only with respect to the class certification denial. The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit found that it had jurisdiction to hear the appeal. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari to determine whether federal courts have jurisdiction to hear appeals under Baker’s voluntary-dismissal tactic.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Ginsburg, J.)

Concurrence (Thomas, J.)

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