The U.S. Supreme Court is back in session with eight seated justices following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, and Justice Scalia’s absence from the bench is already impacting class action cases that are coming before the Court.

Reuters legal columnist Alison Frankel discusses how this is affecting these key cases.  In a recent column, Frankel noted that Dow Chemical last week settled a class action case and dropped its petition for Supreme Court review, citing “increased likelihood for unfavorable outcomes for businesses involved in class action suits.”

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