WASHINGTON – Heeding the pleas of the business lobby, Congress in the 2005 Class Action Fairness Act altered the class action landscape by shifting much of that litigation from state courts to federal courts. Now business hopes the U.S. Supreme Court will take the next step.

With the Court’s agreement to answer class action questions in the Wal-Mart sex discrimination litigation and the AT&T cellphone arbitration lawsuit, “It could be a big term,” said Brian Fitzpatrick of Vanderbilt University Law School and a former clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia.

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