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Docket Number17-432
Full NameChina Agritech, Inc. v. Michael H. Resh
Short NameChina Agritech, Inc. v. Resh
PetitionerChina Agritech, Inc.
RespondentMichael H. Resh
Date Argued (Reargued)March 26, 2018
Date DecidedJune 11, 2018

Question Presented

In American Pipe and Construction Co. v. Utah, 414 U.S. 538 (1974), and Crown, Cork & Seal Co. v. Parker, 462 U.S. 345 (1983), this Court held that the "timely filing of a defective class action toll[s] the limitations period as to the individual claims of purported class members." Irwin v. Dep't of Veterans Affairs, 498 U.S. 89, 96 n.3 (1990) (emphasis added). In this case, two defective class actions were filed during the limitations period. Respondents, absent members of the rejected classes, filed a third class action, this time outside the limitations period. The Ninth Circuit construed American Pipe to toll the limitations period and make this third class action timely. Respondents' class complaint would have been dismissed as untimely in at least six other Circuits, which have held-as this Court recognized in Irwin and other cases-that American Pipe applies only to individual actions, not new class actions brought by previously absent class members. The question presented is: Whether the American Pipe rule tolls statutes of limitations to permit a previously absent class member to bring a subsequent class action outside the applicable limitations period.

Case Events

18 2018-01-29Amicus brief of Washington Legal Foundation submitted.
17 2018-01-29Amicus brief of Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association submitted.
16 2018-01-29Brief amici curiae of Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, et al. filed.
15 2018-01-26Brief amicus curiae of DRI--The Voice of the Defense Bar filed.
14 2018-01-24Blanket Consent filed by Respondents, William Schoenke, Heroca Holding, B.V. and Ninella Beheer, B.V..
13 2018-01-24SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Monday, March 26, 2018
12 2018-01-22Joint appendix filed.
11 2018-01-22Brief of petitioner China Agritech, Inc. filed.
10 2018-01-17Blanket Consent filed by Petitioner, China Agritech, Inc..
9 2017-12-08Petition GRANTED.
8 2017-12-08Motion for leave to file amici brief filed by Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, et al. GRANTED.
7 2017-12-04DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 12/8/2017.
6 2017-11-08DISTRIBUTED for Conference of 12/1/2017.
5 2017-11-07Reply of petitioner China Agritech, Inc. filed.
4 2017-10-23Brief of respondents William Schoenke, Heroca Holding, B.V. and Ninella Beheer, B.V. in opposition filed.
3 2017-10-23Motion for leave to file amici brief filed by Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America, et al.
2 2017-10-12Waiver of right of respondent Charles Law to respond filed.
1 2017-09-21Petition for a writ of certiorari filed. (Response due October 23, 2017)

Case Counsels

NameParty NameDescriptionAddressPhoneType
Charles Eric ColemanCharles LawCounsel of RecordLewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP2020 West El Camino AvenueSuite 700Sacramento, CA 95833Charles.Coleman@lewisbrisbois.com916--564-5400respondent
David C. FrederickWilliam Schoenke, Heroca Holding, B.V. and Ninella Beheer, B.V.Counsel of RecoKellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick1615 M Street, NW, Suite 400Washington, DC 20036-3209dfrederick@kellogghansen.com202-326-7900respondent
George Edward AnhangWashington Legal FoundationCounsel of RecCooley LLP1299 Pennsylvania Avenue, NWSuite 700Washington, DC 20004GAnhang@Cooley.com2028427880other
Lewis Jeffrey LimanSecurities Industry and Financial Markets AssociationCounsel of RecordCleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLPOne Liberty PlazaNew York, NY 10006lliman@cgsh.com2122252550other
Lyle RobertsWashington Legal FoundationAmicusCooley LLP1299 Pennsylvania Ave., NWSuite 700Washington, DC 20004lroberts@cooley.com202 842-7880other
Mark Andrew PerryChamber of Commerce of the United States of America, et al.Counsel of RecoGibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP1050 Connecticut Avenue, NWWashington, DC 20036mperry@gibsondunn.com202-955-8500other
Matthew Moylan GuineyWilliam Schoenke, Heroca Holding, B.V. and Ninella Beheer, B.V.AmicusWolf Haldenstein Adler Freeman & Herz, LLP270 Madison AvenueNew York, NY 10016guiney@whafh.com212.545.4600respondent
Robert Latane WiseDRI--The Voice of the Defense BarCounsel of RecordBowman and Brooke LLP901 East Byrd StreetSuite 1650Richmond, VA 23219rob.wise@bowmanandbrooke.com804-649-8200other
Seth Alben AronsonChina Agritech, Inc.Counsel of RecordO'Melveny & Myers LLP400 South Hope StreetLos Angeles, CA 90071saronson@omm.com(213) 430-6000petitioner
Susan E. BurnettDRI--The Voice of the Defense BarAmicusBowman and Brooke LLP2901 Via Fortuna Dr.Austin, TX 89846susan.burnett@bowmanandbrooke.com(512) 874-3844other
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