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Pa. Ruling May Spur More Class Suits Against In-State Cos.

February 23, 2018

Law360
By Dan Packel

In the wake of a recent Pennsylvania Supreme Court finding that nonresidents can sue Pennsylvania businesses over out-of-state transactions under the state’s consumer protection statute, experts expect a rise in the number of national class actions targeting Keystone State companies, which will test the court’s expectation that other legal principles will ward off unjustified claims.

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“This isn’t out of the norm, because other states have interpreted similar statutes in similar ways,” said John Papianou, chair of the litigation department at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP. “But it will definitely provide a boon to class action lawyers looking to bring national class actions against Pennsylvania businesses.”

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