The April 21, 2010 edition of the Daily Journal includes my article, entitled "Witnesses Cannot Hide," in the Perspective column. It explains that the right to discover putative class member identity in class actions is really the right to discover witness identity in general. Discovery of witnesses is a foundational element of civil discovery rights. The arguments about privacy notices are intended to distract from this core right. The article is posted below with permission of Daily Journal Corp. (2010).
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