Rule 1702. Prerequisites to a Class Action.

 One or more members of a class may sue or be sued as representative parties on behalf of all members in a class action only if

   (1)  the class is so numerous that joinder of all members is impracticable;

   (2)  there are questions of law or fact common to the class;

   (3)  the claims or defenses of the representative parties are typical of the claims or defenses of the class;

   (4)  the representative parties will fairly and adequately assert and protect the interests of the class under the criteria set forth in Rule 1709; and

   (5)  a class action provides a fair and efficient method for adjudication of the controversy under the criteria set forth in Rule 1708.


   The provisions of this Rule 1702 adopted June 30, 1977, effective September 1, 1977, 7 Pa.B. 1956.

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