UM School of Law Launches New “Cert Talks” Series


The new "Cert Talk" series examines cases to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in the Fall 2016 session.

Sergio Campos

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (September 27, 2016) – A new series examining cases to be heard by the United States Supreme Court in the upcoming session launched at the University of Miami School of Law last week. The first “Cert Talk” examined Microsoft v. Baker, a case that grew out of a class-action suit over damages caused to Xbox consoles by gaming discs.

Professor Sergio Campos, an expert in class action litigation, has also authored “friend of the court” arguments in class action cases cited in U.S. Supreme Court decisions. The crux of the case, he said, is whether a federal appeals court can hear a case that denied class-action status after the plaintiffs, who brought the lawsuit, have already dismissed their claim.

Even though the facts of the case are both complex and complicated, Campos said the outcome of the case will have widespread consequences. “How the court decides this issue will have an enormous impact,” said Campos, such as “whether more or less defective products get made and whether certain products get introduced to the market at all.” 

The full story, including video, and more information are on the University of Miami’s homepage.

The next “Cert Talk” in the series is on Friday, October 28 and will examine Bank of America v. City of Miami, with constitutional scholar Charlton Copeland. The case will be before the Court on November 8.

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