Just Film, Inc. v. Buono, No. 14-16132 (9th Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
Plaintiffs, small businesses and small business owners who leased "point of sale" credit and debit card processing equipment, filed suit against the Leasing Defendants, alleging that they defrauded plaintiffs in a scheme involving equipment leases and credit card processing services. Of five proposed national classes, the district court certified two: the SKS Post-Lease Expiration Class and the Property Tax Equipment Cost Basis Class. In regard to the SKS Post-Lease Expiration class, the court concluded that there are individualized issues related to the representative plaintiff's injury, common questions exist; and common questions predominate for the alleged Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), 18 U.S.C. 1962, violation. In regard to the Property Tax Equipment class, the court concluded that the district court did not abuse its discretion in concluding that common questions predominate and the class was superior because litigation on a classwide basis would promote greater efficiency in resolving the cases' claims. Accordingly, the court affirmed the classification orders.