Iowa State Court Rejects Theory of Unconscious Bias and Disparate Impact Class Claims in Bellwether Ruling

Iowa State Court Rejects Theory of Unconscious Bias and Disparate Impact Class Claims in Bellwether Ruling

When one thinks of the judicial venues responsible for leading class action rulings, the District Court of Polk County, Iowa, does not immediately come to mind. Judge Robert Blink’s opinion of April 17, 2012, however, has put Polk County on the class action map. His ruling, coming after a three-week class action trial in Pippen v. Iowa, No. LACL107038 (Dist. Ct. Polk County Apr. 17, 2012), is a stunner.