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Speerly v. General Motors

In this product defect litigation, automobile purchasers sued General Motors alleging a latent defect in the transmission systems of certain vehicles. The district court granted the plaintiffs’ motion for class certification, and General Motors appealed. On appeal, General Motors argues, among other things, that the class certification violates Article III because the defect may not have manifested in the vehicles of each class member. Public Citizen filed an amicus brief supporting the plaintiffs and explaining that Article III does not pose a jurisdictional barrier to the certification and adjudication of a class action that might contain uninjured class members.