Direct Gen. Ins. Co. v. Lane, 328 Ark. 476, 484, 944 S.W.2d 528, 530-31 (1997) (quoting Farm Bureau Mutual Ins. Co. v. Farm Bureau Policy Holders, 323 Ark. 706, 709-10, 918 S.W.2d 129, 130-31 (1996)). See also BPS Inc. v. Richardson, 2000 Ark. LEXIS 364, (Ark. July 7, 2000); Direct Ins. Company v. Lane, 944 S.W.2d 528, 531-32 (Ark. 1997).


Like the foregoing authorities, we view the question of certification as essentially a procedural one that does not ask whether an action is legally or factually meritorious.

Linder v. Thrifty Oil Co., 97 Cal. Rptr. 2d 179 (Cal. 2000).

No cases directly discussing whether the merits of a case could be considered when deciding whether or not to certify a class. However, cases have noted that Colorado’s rule is identical to Fed. R. Civ. P. 23 and Colorado courts give great weight to federal cases decided under Rule 23.


When considering a motion to certify a class, the court will identify the substantive legal issues which control the litigation, but an inquiry into the merits is inappropriate.