The june 23 U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning a $1.5 billion asbestos class action settlement squeezed the already-narrow ground for companies hoping to use federal class action rules to resolve overwhelming tort liabilities and go on with business.

The unwelcome future for many companies, according to a number of class action experts, may be bankruptcy court. And some past class deals, once considered settled for good, may be vulnerable.

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