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When we think about the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, the issues can seem very technical, and the topic dry and difficult. But procedural issues are extremely important and have a tremendous impact on all of us. Whether it is everyday folks (like employees and consumers who are trying to enforce their rights), or multi-national corporations (who are central to the economic well-being of our society), the process that we use to resolve disputes really matters.

This Article discusses the power and promise of procedure, focusing on a particular procedural device-the class action-and the Supreme Court's recent interpretation of Rule 23 (the class action rule) in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes.



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