Daubert and Class Certification — Impact of Supreme Court’s Wal-Mart Dicta

From In re Taco Bell Wage & Hour Actions, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 109169 (E.D. Cal. Sept. 26, 2011):

The Supreme Court recently suggested in dicta that Daubert should be applied to expert testimony at the class certification stage. See Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541, 2553-2554 (2011) ("The District Court concluded that Daubert did not apply to expert testimony at the certification stage of class-action proceedings. We doubt that is so ...." (citation omitted)). Supreme Court dicta is accorded "appropriate deference" and "may be followed if sufficiently persuasive" but "ought not to control the judgment in a subsequent suit." United States v. Montero-Camargo, 208 F.3d 1122, 1132 n.17 (9th Cir. 2000).

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