Supreme Court will take up important mootness issues

The Supreme Court granted review this morning in Campbell-Ewald Company v. Gomez, which presents the following important issues about mootness:

1. Whether a case becomes moot, and thus beyond the judicial power of Article III, when the plaintiff receives an offer of complete relief on his claim.

2. Whether the answer to the first question is any different when the plaintiff has asserted a class claim under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23, but receives an offer of complete relief before any class is certified.

The Court also granted on a third question:

3. Whether the doctrine of derivative sovereign immunity recognized in Yearsley v. W.A. Ross
Construction Co., 309 U.S. 18 (1940), for government contractors is restricted to claims arising out of property damage caused by public works projects.

Go here, for all the papers filed to date in the case. Public Citizen is co-counsel to the plaintiffs.


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