This article analyzes the pending Supreme Court appeal in Nutraceutical Corp. v. Lambert, on the Court's November 2018 docket. The appeal involves a technical issue relating to the timing requirement that a party file a notice of appeal of a judge’s class certification order within 14 days of the issuance of the order, pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(f). A plaintiff allegedly failed to file for permission to appeal a certification order within the 14-day limitation. Nevertheless, the appellate court accepted the petition, and the Ninth Circuit affirmed, applying equitable principles to relieve the plaintiff of the Rule 23(f) timing requirement.The defendant now contends that the Ninth Circuit erred in applying equitable principles to relieve theplaintiff’s alleged noncompliance with Rule 23(f).
Linda S Mullenix, Time Is on My Side, Yes It Is: The Timing of Class Certification Appeals Pursuant to Rule 23(f), 3 Preview of United States Supreme Court Cases 11 (November 26, 2018).