On May 18, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Campbell-Ewald Company v. Gomez, an important case concerning class actions in federal court. Gomez raises the question of whether a defendant can moot a class action, and require its dismissal, by making a Rule 68 offer of “complete relief” to the named plaintiff before a class can be certified. Or, as framed by the plaintiffs’ class action bar, can a defendant “pick off” a class action plaintiff and thereby defeat a class action?

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