Monday, April 12, 2010

Pattern or Practice Claims

There are several open questions regarding pattern or practice claims. One is whether an individual can maintain a private, non-class action pattern or practice claim. Some courts have suggested that they cannot. See, e.g., U.S. v. City of New York, 631 F. Supp. 2d 419, 427 (S.D.N.Y. 2009) ("Courts have held that an individual cannot maintain a private, non-class, pattern-or-practice claim."); Tucker v. Gonzales, No. 03 Civ. 3106, 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21616, 2005 WL 2385844, at *5 (S.D.N.Y. Sept. 27, 2005) (collecting cases holding that pattern or practice claims are limited to class actions); see also Blake v. Bronx Lebanon Hosp., No. 02 Civ. 3827, 2003 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 13857, 2003 WL 21910867, at *5 (S.D.N.Y. Aug. 11, 2003) (doubting the propriety of a pattern or practice claim in a non-class action complaint).

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