No. 96-30489.

151 F.3d 402 (1998)

James E. ALLISON; Ray Anderson; Joanne Andrepont; Raymond Artis; Joseph Austin; Charles Avery; Ronald Ballou; Leroy Ballou; Daniel Barron; Arnold Batiste; Reginald Bilbo; David L. Blaney; Alex Broussard; Calvin Broussard; Northern Brown; Sandra Brown; Solomon Butler; Jesse L. Carmen; Charles Carrier; Junius Carter; Donald Ceasar; Audrey T. Celestine; Anthony Champage; Reid Champman; Jaqueline Clemons; Leonard Cole; Glenneth Coleman; Lester Coleman; Cleveland J. Collins; Larry A. Combest; Lynette Cormier; George Darbonne; Patricia Darbonne; Xavier Darbonne; Willie DeJean; Louis A. Dudley; Joseph Dugar; Loney M. Dougar; Charles Ellis; Peter Evans; Clyde Felix; Charles Fobb, Jr., Clinton Fobbs, Jr., Gilbert Foote; Howard Dee Foreman; Velma M. Gallien; Ray A. Garland; McArthur Gilliam; Paul Goodwin; Marion R. Greene; Shelton Guillory; Wilton Guillory; Willie Ray Hamilton; Donald Harris; Edwina M. Harris; Silver Ray Harris; Ray Harris; Donald Harrison; Henry G. Hawkins; Helen G. Henry; Willie Irving; Donald D. Jackson; Jack Johnson; Samuel Johnson; Lawrence Jones; Edward Jordan; Horace J. Lambert; Angel LeBlanc; Albert Leday, Jr.; Clifford Leday; Arthur K. Lee; Earl J. Lemell; Joseph Lemell, Jr.; Wilbert J. Lewis; Harold J. Lockett; Kathleen V. Manueal; Paul D. Matthews; Aubrey Matthews; Charlet L. McCain; Louis E. Metoyer; Wesley J. Monroe; Melvin Moreau; Mark A. Mott; Willie Mouton; Joseph Larry Nelson; Moses Nelson; Herbert L. Oliver; Edward Oliver; Mark H. Pappion; Cornelius Pappion; Frederick Perrodin; Joseph Perron, Jr.; August Pete; Darrell Pete; Gussie Pitre; Patricia Pitre; George Polk, Jr; Linton Poullard, Jr.; Joseph Prudhomme; Larry Prudhomme, Jr.; Harvey C. Pullard; Charles W. Rawl; Frederick Rideaux; Joseph A. Riley; Virginia Riley; Nancy Ryan; Nathaniel H. Sapp; Louis Semien, Jr.; Chester Senegal; Joseph Senien, Jr.; Jessie L. Shaw; Howard W. Sherman; Wanda F. Smith; George Stenson; Gerald Sterling; Richard Sterling; Charles A. Talbert; Patricia Taylor; George E. Taylor; Martin Thomas; Warren G. Thomas; Donald Thompson; Huey P. Tolston; Elray Victorian; Sheila Ward; Cynthia Washington; Victor Washington; Warren Washington; Wilson Washington; Huey William; Wilbert Williams; Errol Wilson; Armond Wyatt, Plaintiffs-Appellants, Jonathan Anderson; Daniel Cox; Russell Metoyer; Hillery Randell; Leo P. Reeder, Intervenors Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. CITGO PETROLEUM CORP., Defendant-Appellee.

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.

Order on Rehearing October 2, 1998.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Robert L. Wiggins, Jr., Rocco Calamusa, Jr., Rebecca J. Anthony, Robert F. Childs, Jr., Gordon, Silberman, Wiggins and Childs, Birmingham, AL, Stuart M. Nelkin, Nelkin & Nelkin, Houston, TX, Linda M. Dardarian, Roberta L. Steele, Saperstein, Goldstein, Dembhak & Baller, Oakland, CA, for Plaintiffs-Appellants, and Intervenors Plaintiffs-Appellants.

William B. Swift, Lake Charles, LA, Walter W. Christy, Leslie Weill Ehret, Ellen Shirer, The Kullman Firm, New Orleans, LA, for Defendant-Appellee.

Richard T. Seymour, Barbara R. Arnwine, Teresa Anne Ferrante, Thomas J. Henderson, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Washington, DC, Bernard Persky, Peter E. Zinman, Goodkind, Labaton, Rudoff & Sucharow, New York City, for Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Amicus Curiae.

Robert John Gregory, EEOC, Washington, DC, for Equal Employment Opportunity Com'n, Amicus Curiae.

Ann Elizabeth Reesman, McGuiness & Williams, Washington, DC, for Equal Employment Advisory Council, Amicus Curiae.

James M. Finberg, Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Barnstein, San Francisco, CA, for Nat. Employment Lawyers Assoc., Amicus Curiae.

Before JOLLY, SMITH and DENNIS, Circuit Judges.

E. GRADY JOLLY, Circuit Judge:*

This interlocutory appeal presents the question whether the district court properly refused to certify a class action challenging employment practices by the Citgo Petroleum Corporation ("Citgo") under Title VII (as amended in 1991) and the Civil Rights Act of 1866, 42 U.S.C. § 1981. The plaintiffs, Allison and over 130 other named plaintiffs and intervenors...


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