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Defense Win for Public Entity Client Facing Class-Action Lawsuit


Pretzel & Stouffer shareholders, Jim Sipchen, John Scheid, and Tom Draths, successfully defended their public entity client against an attempted class-action lawsuit alleging violations of the Equal Protection Clause of United States Constitution.

Both the trial court and the appellate court embraced Jim’s, John’s, and Tom’s argument that the lead plaintiff lacked standing to pursue the asserted causes of action because, among other things, she failed to comply with the administrative requirements to obtain the benefits that were allegedly wrongfully withheld. By prevailing through motion practice, the firm’s client was not subjected to the time and expense associated with class-action discovery.

January 2020