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This column focuses on two recent class action decisions. One, by the Seventh Circuit, was issued on May 2 so it is virtually “hot off the press.” It concerns the Ford Explorer and Bridgestone/Firestone Tire multidistrict litigation (MDL) which, for now, is concentrated in a federal court in Indiana. The second opinion of note is the Frank case by the Appellate Division, First Department, issued at the end of March. This litigation involved a claim against auto industry members that their vehicle seats could collapse rearward in rear-end collisions. Both appellate determinations firmly turned away insistent plaintiffs who ardently knocked on the class action door, thereby teaching us something about enforcing boundaries in this form of litigation.

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