Comcast Corp. V. Behrend
Comcast Corp. v. Behrend
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Argued November 5, 2012
Decided March 27, 2013
Full case name Comcast Corporation, et al., Petitioners v. Caroline Behrend, et al.
Docket nos. 11-864
Citations 569 U.S. 27 (more)
133 S. Ct. 1426; 185 L. Ed. 2d 515; 2013 U.S. LEXIS 2544, 81 U.S.L.W. 4217
Opinion announcement Opinion announcement
Prior history decision against defendant, 264 F.R.D. 150 (E.D. Pa. 2010); affirmed, 655 F.3d 182 (3d Cir. 2011); rehearing en banc denied, unreported; certiorari granted, 567 U.S. ___ (2012)
Respondents' class action was improperly certified under Rule 23(b)(3).
Court membership
Chief Justice
John Roberts
Associate Justices
Antonin Scalia · Anthony Kennedy
Clarence Thomas · Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Stephen Breyer · Samuel Alito
Sonia Sotomayor · Elena Kagan
Case opinions
Majority Scalia, joined by Roberts, Kennedy, Thomas, Alito
Dissent Ginsburg and Breyer, joined by Sotomayor, Kagan
Laws applied
Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(b)(3)

Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, 569 U.S. 27 (2013), is a United States Supreme Court case dealing with class certification under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.[1] The case restricted class certifications. The votes were split upon typical ideological lines, but, in an unusual move, the dissent was jointly written by two justices.


  1. ^ Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, 569 U.S. 27 (2013).

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