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Class action litigation, a thicket of procedural niceties, arcane nuances, occasional unholy alliances, melanges of statutory and substantive laws, and a perennial magnet for controversy, has its own heartbeat. In our Sept. 10, 2007 column, “‘Monkey Business’ in the Class Action ‘Jungle’,”1 we reported on unwholesome developments accompanying lawyer-driven efforts to whip up class action lawsuits whenever some corporation may have slipped, tripped or erred in some manner. And in earlier articles focusing on class action imbroglios,2 we reported on the requirements for class action treatment, the controversy as to whether class actions are good or bad (e.g., the device has been hailed as the “great equalizer” and denounced as an “engine of destruction”), the race to the courthouse by competing attorneys, and vices, flaws and dangers in not applying tight standards.

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