A recent decision by the Eastern District of California addressed several significant issues in a putative class action alleging that an insurer improperly failed to cover the cost of replacing seatbelts after serious auto accidents.  In Watts v. Allstate Indemnity Company, No. CIV. S-08-1877 LKK/GGH, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7407 (E.D. Cal. Jan. 17

Class action law has changed.  Nearly every brief and decision on class certification will now cite the Supreme Court’s opinion in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes, the Court’s most important decision on class actions in decades.  It substantially raises the bar for plaintiffs to obtain class certification in all types of class actions, and