WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday retreated from a fight over the appropriate battleground for class action lawsuits.
Justices dismissed a case on which they had heard arguments last Monday, the first day of the court's nine month term. The dismissal is a blow to businesses which wanted the court to use the Ford Motor Co. case to open federal courts to more class action lawsuits.
Ford had been sued by people who joined a credit card rebate program that allowed them to accumulate points to use for car purchases. Ford and Citibank canceled part of the rebate program.
The question for the court was whether the lawsuits belonged in federal or state court. Suits had been filed in state courts in Alabama, California, Illinois, New York, Oregon and Washington.
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