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Civil Procedure Keyed to Cross
Szabo v. Bridgeport Machines, Inc.
Citation:199 F.R.D. 280 (N.D. Ind. 2001)
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Szabo (Plaintiff), an Indiana resident, bought machine tools from Bridgeport (Defendant), a company incorporated in Delaware and located in Connecticut. Plaintiff alleged that the tools were defective and could not do everything the promotional materials said they could do. Plaintiff sued Defendant for negligent misrepresentation, fraud, and breach of warranty. Plaintiff moved to certify the suit as a class action under Rule 23(a) and Rule 23(b)(3), including all persons who purchased the tools during a certain time period and were similarly harmed.
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