A legal alert from Ballard Spahr’s Consumer Financial Services Group prompted coverage by the online magazine LifeHealthPRO of a potentially important decision on class action practice from the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The alert, written by Alan Kaplinsky, Marty Bryce, Dan McKenna, Jeremy Rosenblum, and Burt Rublin, explained that the Sixth Circuit may have given a boost to companies and other organizations fighting purported class-action lawsuits. In Pilgrim v. Universal Health Care, the Sixth Circuit refused to grant the plaintiffs national class-action status because the case would involve a detailed analysis of the consumer protection laws in each state.

LifeHealthPRO said the Ballard Spahr analysts flagged the case as important because it endorsed efforts to strike class claims early—in the pleading stage—in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s blockbuster decision last term in Wal-Mart Stores Inc. v. Dukes.