Nos. 08-2784, 08-2785, 08-2798, 08-2799, 08-2818, 08-2819, 08-2831, 08-2881.

667 F.3d 273 (2011)

Shawn SULLIVAN; Arrigotti Fine Jewelry; James Walnum, on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, v. DB INVESTMENTS, INC.; De Beers S.A.; De Beers Consolidated Mines, Ltd.; De Beers A.G.; Diamond Trading Company; CSO Valuations A.G.; Central Selling Organization; De Beers Centenary A.G. David T. Murray, Appellant in 08-2784 (Pursuant to Fed. R.App. P. 12(a)) Susan M. Quinn, Appellant in 08-2785 (Pursuant to Fed. R.App. P. 12(a)) Marvin L. Union; Tim Henning; Neil Freedman; Kylie Luke; William Benjamin Coffey, Jr., Appellants in 08-2798 (Pursuant to Fed. R.App. P. 12(a)) Aaron Petrus, Appellant in 08-2799 (Pursuant to Fed. R.App. P. 12(a)) Janet Giddings, Appellant in 08-2818 (Pursuant to Fed.R.App.P. 12(a)) Frank Ascione; Rosaura Bagolie; Matthew Delong; Sandeep Gopalan; Manoj Kolel-Veetil; Matthew Metz; Anita Pal; Deb K. Pal; Jay Pal; Peter Perera; Rangesh K. Shah; Ed McKenna; Thomas Vaughan, Appellants in 08-2819 (Pursuant to Fed. R.App.P. 12(a)) Kristen Dishman; Margaret Marasco, Appellants in 08-2831 (Pursuant to Fed.R.App.P. 12(a)) James B. Hicks, Appellant in 08-2881 (Pursuant to Fed. R.App. P. 12(a)).

United States Court of Appeals, Third Circuit.

Submitted Under Third Circuit L.A.R. 34.1(a) on January 28, 2010.

Opinion Filed December 20, 2011.

Nos. 08-2784/2798/2799/2818/2819/2831/2881

Reargued En Banc on February 23, 2011.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

John J. Pentz, III, Esq. [Argued], Class Action Fairness Group, Maynard, MA, for Non Party-Appellant.

Howard J. Bashman, Esq. [Argued], Willow Grove, PA, George M. Plews, Esq. , Christopher J. Braun, Esq. , Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP, Indianapolis, IN, for Non Party-Appellant Susan M. Quinn.

William Bernstein, Esq. , Eric B. Fastiff, Esq. , Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, Joseph D. Cooper, Esq. , Tracy R. Kirkham, Esq. , Cooper & Kirkham, San Francisco, CA, for Plaintiff-Appellee Shawn Sullivan.

Craig C. Corbitt, Esq. , Zelle, Hofmann, Voelbel & Mason, San Francisco, CA, Samuel Issacharoff, Esq. , [Argued], New York University Law School, New York, NY, Steven A. Katz, Esq. , Korein Tillery, St. Louis, MO, Susan G. Kupfer, Esq. , Glancy, Binkow & Goldberg, San Francisco, CA, John A. Maher, Esq. , Summit, NJ, Joseph J. Tabacco, Jr., Esq. , Berman, De-Valerio, Pease, Tabacco, Burt & Pucillo, San Francisco, CA, for Plaintiffs-Appellees Arrigotti Fine Jewelry Shawn Sullivan and James Walnum.

Jessica Biggio, Esq. , Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, New York, NY, Francis Ciani-Dausch, Esq. , Tara S. Emory, Esq. , Steven C. Sunshine, Esq. , Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, Washington, DC, Matthew P. Hendrickson, Esq. , Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, New York, NY, for Defendant-Appellee DeBeers SA.

Ben Kinzler, Esq. , Diamond Manufacturers & Importers Association of America, New York, NY, Robert J. LaRocca, Esq. , Kohn Swift & Graf, Philadelphia, PA, Joanne Zack, Esq. , Bonio & Zack, Bala Cynwyd, PA, for Non-Party Amicus Appellee, Diamond Manufacturers and Importers Association of America.

Edward W. Harris, III, Esq. , Taft, Stettinius & Holister, Indianapolis, IN, Robert A. Skirnick, Esq. , Meredity, Cohen, Greenfogel & Skirnick, Jared Stamell, Esq. , Stamell & Schager, New York, NY, for Non Party-Appellees Anco Ind. Diamond Corp.; Amer Diamond Tool & Gauge Inc. And British Diamond Import Co.

Cecilia L. Gardner, Esq. , Jewelers Vigilance Committee, New York, NY, for Non Party-Amicus Appellee Jewelers Vigilance Comm.

Scott W. Browne, Esq. , Browne & Browne, Beaumont, TX, Kenneth E. Nelson, Esq. , Kansas City, MO, Edward F. Siegel, Esq. Cleveland, OH, for Non Party-Appellants William Benjamin Coffey, Jr., Marvin L. Union, Tim Henning, Neil Freeman and Kylie Luke.

Christpher A. Bandas, Esq. , Bandas law Firm, Corpus Christie, TX, for Non Party-Appellant Aaron Petrus.

Robert E. Margulies, Esq. , Margulies Wind, Jersey City, NJ, Jeffrey L. Weinstein , Athens, TX, for Non Party-Appellant Janet Giddings.

Ricky E. Bagolie, Esq. , Bagolie Friedman Injury Lawyers, Jersey City, NJ, Andrea Boggio, Esq. , Bryant University, Smithfield, RI, for Non Party-Appellants Frank Ascione, Rosaura Bagolie, Matthew Delong, Ed McKenna Peter Perera, Thomas Vaughan.

Robert J. Gaudet, Jr., Esq. [ARGUED], RJ Gaudet & Associates, Seattle, WA, for Non Party-Appellants Sandeep Gopalan, Manoj Kolel-Veetil, Matthew Metz, Anita Pal, Deb K. Pal, Jay Pal and Rangesh K. Shah.

Eric L. Cramer, Esq. , Berger & Montague, Philadelphia, PA, for Non Party-Amicus Appellee American Antitrust Institute.

Kristen Dishman , Wareham, MA, pro se.

Margaret Marasco , Lynn, MA, pro se.

James B. Hicks , Hicks Parks, Los Angeles, CA, pro se.



RENDELL, Circuit Judge, with whom Circuit Judges SCIRICA, AMBRO, FUENTES, FISHER, CHAGARES and VANASKIE, join.

At issue on appeal in this class action litigation is the propriety of the District Court's certification of two nationwide settlement classes comprising purchasers of diamonds from De Beers S.A. and related entities ("De Beers").1 The settlement provided for a fund of $295 million to be distributed...


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