Docket No. 00-7699.

280 F.3d 124 (2001)

In re VISA CHECK/MASTERMONEY ANTITRUST LITIGATION. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Limited, Inc., Sears Roebuck & Company, Safeway Inc., Circuit City Stores, Inc., National Retail Federation and the Food Marketing Institute, International Mass Retail Association, and All Similarly Situated Persons, Plaintiffs-Appellees, v. Visa U.S.A. Inc. and Mastercard International Incorporated, Defendants-Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.

Decided October 17, 2001.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Steven V. Bomse, Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe LLP, San Francisco, CA (M. Laurence Popofsky, Marie L. Fiala, Brian P. Brosnahan, Renata M. Sos, Adam Cole, Heller Ehrman White & McAuliffe and Philip H. Curtis, Robert C. Mason, Arnold & Porter, New York, NY, on the brief), for defendant-appellant Visa U.S.A. Inc.

Kenneth A. Gallo, Clifford Chance Rogers & Wells LLP, New York, N.Y. (James N. Benedict, Mark A. Kirsch, Guy C. Quinlan, Craig M. Walker, Joseph J. Simons, Keila D. Ravelo, on the brief), for defendant-appellant MasterCard International Incorporated.

Lloyd Constantine, Constantine & Partners PC, New York, N.Y. (Robert L. Begleiter, Matthew L. Cantor, Stacey Anne Mahoney, Wendy M. Rogovin, Amy N. Roth, Gordon Schnell, Mitchell C. Shapiro, Jeffrey I. Shinder, Michael Spyropoulos, Constantine & Partners PC and Steve W. Berman, George W. Sampson, Jim Solimano, Hagens Berman LLP, Seattle, WA, on the brief), for plaintiffs-appellees.

Jack C. Auspitz, Debra Freeman, Morrison & Foerster LLP, New York, N.Y. (Geoffrey P. Miller, of counsel) filed a brief Amici Curiae for The American Bankers Association, The Consumer Banks Association, The Financial Services Roundtable, and The New York Bankers Association.

Before JACOBS, SOTOMAYOR, Circuit Judges, and COTE, District Judge.

Judge JACOBS, dissents in a separate opinion.

SOTOMAYOR, Circuit Judge:

Defendants-appellants Visa U.S.A. Inc. ("Visa") and MasterCard International Incorporated ("MasterCard") appeal from an order of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York (Gleeson, J.) granting plaintiffs-appellees' ("plaintiffs") motion for class certification. We hold that the district court did not abuse its discretion by finding that plaintiffs had...


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