No. D036986.

119 Cal.Rptr.2d 190 (2002)

97 Cal.App.4th 1282

MASSACHUSETTS MUTUAL LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, Petitioner, v. The SUPERIOR COURT of San Diego County, Respondent; William A. Karges, Jr., et al., Real Parties in Interest.

Court of Appeals of California, Fourth District, Division One.

As Modified on Denial of Rehearing May 29, 2002.

Review Denied July 24, 2002.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom L.L.P. and Vaughn C. Williams; McKenna & Cuneo, L.L.P., Robert S. Brewer, Jr., San Diego, and Michael H. Fish for Petitioner.

No appearance for Respondent.

Finkelstein & Krinsk, Howard D. Finkelstein, San Diego, and Mark L. Knutson; Milberg, Weiss, Bershad, Hynes & Lerach, L.L.P., John J. Stoia, Jr., and William S. Dato, San Diego, for Real Parties in Interest.

BENKE, Acting P.J.


By way of its petition for extraordinary relief defendant Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (Mass Mutual) challenges the trial court's order certifying as a plaintiffs' class 33,000 people who, over a course of 15 years, purchased a particular type of life insurance product from Mass Mutual. We issued an order to show cause and have received a response from the plaintiffs...


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