Ginardi et al v. Frontier Gas Services LLC et al
ORDER denying 101 Motion for Partial Summary Judgment without prejudice. Signed by Judge Billy Roy Wilson on 1/17/12. (kpr)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
PEGGY GINARDI, et al.,
FRONTIER GAS SERVICES, LLC., et al.
Pending is Plaintiffs’ Motion for Summary Judgment on the Issue of Trespass (Doc.
No. 101). Defendant Crestwood Arkansas Pipeline, LLC has responded.1 For the following
reasons, the Motion is DENIED.
In their Motion for Summary Judgment, Plaintiffs contend there is “no disputed issue of
fact that the Defendants’ activities have caused and continue to cause trespass upon the
Plaintiffs’ property.”2 Defendant argues that Plaintiffs’ Motion is premature because the issue of
class certification is still pending and that “the Court’s Final Scheduling Order permits until June
11, 2012 for disclosure of case-in-chief experts and until July 11, 2012 for the disclosure of
The United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has discussed that is “rarely
appropriate” to certify a class after making a decision on the merits of the case.4 One district
court has explained that “[t]he reason for this is simple” because
[w]hen a named plaintiff seeks a ruling on the merits and then later seeks class
certification, all potential class members are placed in a “win-win” situation: if the
Doc. No. 110.
Doc. No. 101.
Doc. No. 111.
Paxton v. Union Nat’l Bank, 688 F.2d 552, 558 (8th Cir. 1982).
ruling goes against the named plaintiff, then others can “opt out” of the class and not
be bound by that adverse decision, and if the ruling is favorable, then others can “opt
in” to the class knowing that the defendant's liability has already been established.
Such “one-way intervention” is to be avoided because it is inherently unfair to
Here, the Class Certification Hearing is set for April 3, 2012.6 Because the issue of class
certification has yet to be decided, I find that Plaintiffs’ Motion is premature. As discussed
above, any ruling that I would make before deciding the issue of class certification would put the
Defendants at a disadvantage. Therefore, Plaintiffs’ Motion (Doc. No. 101) is DENIED without
IT IS SO ORDERED this 17th day of January, 2012.
/s/Billy Roy Wilson
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
Owens v. Hellmuth & Johnson, PLLC, 550 F. Supp. 2d 1060, 1070 (D. Minn. 2008).
See also Bieneman v. City of Chicago, 838 F.2d 962, 964 (7th Cir. 1988) (per curiam) (“[i]t is
therefore difficult to imagine cases in which it is appropriate to defer class certification until
after decision on the merits.”); Dege v. Hutchinson Technology, Inc., No. 06-3754, 2007 WL
3275111 at *3 (D. Minn. Nov. 2, 2007) (denying motion for partial summary judgment because
plaintiff’s motion was premature and finding that “a determination on the merits would provide
an unfair advantage to potential plaintiffs who may be waiting to determine whether to opt-in to
See Final Scheduling Order (Doc. No. 50).
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