Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
Linda Debra Friedman (argued), Senior Attorney, Stowell & Friedman, Chicago, IL, for Plaintiffs-Appellants.
Timothy S. Bishop (argued), Stephen M. Shapiro , Attorneys, Mayer Brown LLP, Chicago, IL, Jared R. Friedmann , Attorney, Weil, Gotshal & Manages LLP, New York, NY, for Defendant-Appellee.
Before POSNER, WOOD, and HAMILTON, Circuit Judges.
United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit.
POSNER, Circuit Judge.
The plaintiffs have filed a class action suit that charges Merrill Lynch with racial discrimination in employment in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 42 U.S.C. § 1981. The plaintiffs ask that a class be certified for two purposes: deciding a common issue, Fed.R.Civ.P. 23(c)(4)—whether the defendant has engaged and is engaging in practices that have a disparate impact (that is, a discriminatory effect, though...
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