Fourth Circuit Holds Validity of Class Waivers Must Be Assessed Pre-Certification

Last week, the Fourth Circuit decided In re Marriott International, Inc. Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, in which it vacated a district court’s class certification order. The district court had granted certification before addressing the merits of Marriott’s argument that the plaintiffs were barred from proceeding as a class under a waiver. While acknowledging “it seems no court has had occasion to expressly hold as much,” the Court “agree[d] with Marriott that the time to address a contractual class waiver is before, not after, a class is certified.” The Fourth Circuit declined to address the validity of the waiver in the first instance, and remanded to the district court to do so.

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