Three years after it heard argument on whether to allow certification of a nationwide class, the Supreme Court of Texas held today that the three individuals who brought the case had no business complaining about dangerous seatbelts in their automobiles.  DaimlerChrysler Corp. v. Inman, No. 03-1189 (Tex. Feb. 1, 2008).

Texas Appellate Law Blog reports here on the 5-4 decision.  The report includes a link to the majority opinion as well as one to the Chief Justice’s dissent.

Perhaps Blawgletter shouldn’t, but we do marvel that the court took more than three years, following oral argument in January 2005, to reach a decision.  Also that the Justices waited to rule over four years after the filing of an appeal in 2003.  And don’t start us on their allowance of "amicus" participation by patently unfriendly non-parties.

The ruling brings the tally of anti-class action opinions since 2000 to 15-1.  At best.

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