Spurious Class Action Law and Legal Definition

Spurious class action refers to class action where one or more claimants seek common relief. The federal rules of civil procedure recognizes spurious class action in which members of a class made separate claims involving common questions of law or fact. A spurious class action involves separate causes of actions by claimants with common questions of law. It is a matter of efficiency to avoid multiplicity of actions.

The following is an example of a case law defining spurious class action:

The spurious class action is a mere device for permissive joinder, where there is a common question of law or fact, involving separate causes of action. Lipsett v. United States, 359 F.2d 956 (2d Cir. N.Y. 1966)].