class

A group of persons, things, qualities, or activities, having common characteristics or attributes. In re Kanawha Val. Bank, 144 W.Va. 346, 109 S.E.2d 649, 670. The order or rank according to which persons or things are arranged or assorted. Securities having similar features. Also, a body of persons uncertain in number. A "class" within rule relating to class action must be taken in broad colloquial sense of group of people ranked together as having common characteristics, and the function of the enumerated requirements of rule is to assure that from those characteristics there arises a common legal position vis-a-vis the opposing party, the legal right or obligations of which the court can efficiently and fairly adjudicate in a single proceeding. Ridgeway v. International Broth, of Elec. Workers, Local No. 134, D.C.I11., 74 F.R.D. 597, 601

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

Synonyms:
(of persons) / (as of pupils pursuing the same studies) / (of animate or inanimate objects, including orders, genera, and species), / , , , , , , , , , , ,


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