John A. Bruegger of Edwardsville, a lawyer in the St. Louis office of Hawkins, Parnell, Thackston & Young, LLP, is the author of "Anatomy of a Class Action Killer: Picking Off Named Plaintiffs after Barber," an article in the April 2012 issue of the Illinois Bar Journal, the monthly magazine of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).

In the article, the author discusses the Barber v American Airlines case in which the Illinois Supreme Court made clear that defendants can stop a class action in its tracks by tendering full relief to the named plaintiffs – the so-called "pick off" maneuver. The article reviews the case and offers practice tips to plaintiffs and defense counsel.

The 33,000-member ISBA, with offices in Springfield and Chicago, provides professional services to Illinois lawyers, and education and services to the public.

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