As a frequent flier it is no surprise to me that the International Air Transport Association reported that the number of incidents involving unruly passengers has increased 12-fold in the past four years. However, the statistics do not tell the full story.

Earlier this month, California Superior Court Judge James P. Kleinberg issued his Statement of Decision in The People of the State of California v. Atlantic Richfield, et al.

In a two-to-one decision, Judge Davis and Judge Dennis wrote a 48-page opinion that confirmed the actions by Judge Barbier in certifying the settlement as a class under Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. In the opinion, the 5th Circuit addressed the constitutional issues that had been raised concerning the causation provisions of the settlement agreement.