No. 00-8070.

265 F.3d 178 (2001)

Margaret L. JOHNSTON and Paul E. Fontaine, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, Petitioners, v. HBO FILM MANAGEMENT, INC., a Delaware corporation; Entertainment Finance Services, Inc., a Delaware corporation; Home Box Office, Inc., a Delaware corporation; Kidder, Peabody & Co., Incorporated, a Delaware corporation; and Smith Barney, Inc., a Delaware corporation.

United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.

Filed September 14, 2001.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Anthony P. Picadio (argued), Tybe A. Brett, Picadio McCall Kane & Norton, Thomas W. Henderson, Pittsburgh, PA, Attorneys for Appellants.

Perry A. Napolitano (argued), Gregory B. Jordan, Roy W. Arnold, Traci S. Rea, Reed Smith LLP, Pittsburgh, PA, Attorneys for Appellees HBO Film Management, Inc., Entertainment Finance Services, Inc. and Home Box Office, Inc.

David A. Brownlee, Kenneth M. Argentieri, Michael J. Lynch, David L. McClenahan (argued), Charles M. Tea, Paul E. Del Vecchio, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart LLP, Pittsburgh, PA, Attorneys for Appellees Kidder Peabody & Co., Incorporated and Smith Barney, Inc.

Before BECKER, Chief Judge, MANSMANN and GREENBERG, Circuit Judges.


GREENBERG, Circuit Judge:

This case comes on before this court on an appeal from an order of the district court entered on November 22, 2000, denying a motion for class certification filed by plaintiffs Margaret Johnston and Paul Fontaine. The plaintiffs were investors in Cinema Plus, a limited partnership formed to finance the production of motion pictures. They claim that the defendants made...

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