The US Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on January 20, 2016, in Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez, No. 14-857, that an unaccepted offer of judgment on a plaintiff’s individual claim does not render a case moot when the complaint seeks both individual and class relief. The Court held that such an unaccepted offer “has no force.” The Court, however, expressly left open the question of whether actually tendering to a plaintiff full payment of the relief requested also fails to moot a case. In other words, payment of full relief to a plaintiff may still be a viable means for a defendant to moot an individual or class action lawsuit.
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