Plaintiff-appellant Tawanna Fraiser ("Fraiser"), on behalf of herself and all others similarly situated, appeals from the judgment of the district court entered January 16, 2014, dismissing her claims against defendant-appellee Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. ("SBD"). On October 4, 2013, ruling from the bench, the district court granted SBD's motion to strike the class action allegations and to dismiss the complaint. On October 15, 2013, Fraiser moved for reconsideration, and the district court denied the motion by a handwritten note on November 6, 2013.
In dismissing Fraiser's class action complaint, the district court stated in totality:
(A 479). The district court dismissed the case without sufficiently articulating its rationale, giving only a wholly conclusory explanation. The district court did not specifically address the issues presented by SBD's motion to strike or by Rule 23 itself, including important issues of Connecticut law. For example, the district court did not discuss Fraiser's standing to serve as a class representative under the Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act ("CUTPA") or the scope of a viable class under CUTPA. Additionally, the court did not discuss Fraiser's argument that, assuming she was barred by CUTPA from representing a class of Connecticut residents, CUTPA's standing provision was unenforceable by virtue of Shady Grove Orthopedic Assocs., P.A. v. Allstate Ins. Co., 559 U.S. 393 (2010). The court also did not discuss whether the complaint adequately pleaded claims under the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act, or whether Fraiser's breach of warranty claims under Connecticut common law could proceed on a class basis with or without the CUTPA claims.
Under the circumstances, we are unsure of the district court's reasoning, and we are therefore unable to properly review its decision. Accordingly, we remand the case to the district court for clarification and for a proper explanation. See Martens v. Thomann, 273 F.3d 159, 173 (2d Cir. 2001) (remanding case for district court to explain its decision because "it is better to remand to seek clarification from the district court" rather than engage in "inappropriate speculation"); Inverness Corp. v. Whitehall Labs., 819 F.2d 48, 51 (2d Cir. 1987) (same).
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