re-viewing class certification based on specified, certified issue of contract interpretation under Georgia lawSummary of this case from Armstrong v. Martin Marietta Corp.
Nos. 86-8432 to 86-8434, 86-8521 and 86-8593.
June 20, 1988.
Ronald L. Reid, Ricky Charles Silver, Nill V. Toulme, Nill V. Toulme, Alston Bird, Atlanta, Ga., for Allstate Ins. Co.
John B. Long, Nixon, Yow, Waller Capers, Augusta, Ga., Irwin W. Stolz, Jr., Gambrell, Clarke, Anderson Stolz, Atlanta, Ga., for Bohannon.
Morton G. Forbes, Birney Bull, Savannah, Ga., Denmark Groover, Jr., Macon, Ga., Nill V. Toulme, Alston Bird, Atlanta, Ga., for Georgia Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co.
G. Brinson Williams, Jones, Osteen, Jones Arnold, Hinesville, Ga., for Davis.
Stanley M. Karsman, Kenneth L. Royal, Savannah, Ga., Nill Toulme, Atlanta, Ga., for Nationwide Ins. Co.
John B. Long, Nixon, Yow, Waller Capers, Larry I. Smith, Paine, Dalis, Smith McElreath, Augusta, Ga., Irwin W. Stolz, Jr., Gambrel, Clark, Anderson, Stolz, Atlanta, Ga., for Prescott.
David R. Aufdenspring, Dean S. Daskal, Atlanta, Ga., for State Farm Fire Cas. Co.
David F. Walbert, Walbert Hermann, Kenneth Behrman, Rand Exor, P.C., Atlanta, Ga., for Nix.
Oliver B. Dickins, Jr., Bryan F. Dorsey, Nill V. Toulme, Atlanta, Ga., for Travelers Ins. Co., et al.
John B. Long, Nixon, You, Waller Capers, Larry I. Smith, Augusta, Ga., James M. Thompson, Savannah, Ga., for May.
Appeals from the United States District Court for the Southern and Northern District of Georgia.
Before HILL and KRAVITCH, Circuit Judges, and TUTTLE, Senior Circuit Judge.
Following oral argument in these cases, we certified the question raised to the Supreme Court of Georgia. Bohannon v. Allstate Ins. Co., 824 F.2d 950 (11th Cir. 1987). The Supreme Court of Georgia has now answered the question of Georgia law raised in this interlocutory appeal. Allstate Ins. Co. v. Bohannon, 258 Ga. 131, 365 S.E.2d 838 (1988).
The district court certified plaintiff classes in these cases based upon the determination that the insurance policies involved provided no-fault coverage. This court granted leave to appeal this important and controlling question pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1292(b). We certified the question to the Supreme Court of Georgia, which has found that the named plaintiffs' policies provided no-fault coverage. The court further stated: "[a]s to all the other members of the class we cannot say, but must leave that to be resolved on a contract-by-contract basis." Id. 365 S.E.2d at 841 (footnote omitted). The district court's certification of the plaintiff classes relied upon the finding that the class members' policies provided no-fault coverage. In light of the Supreme Court of Georgia's contract-by-contract analysis, the nature of each potential class members' coverage must be evaluated. We therefore vacate the district court's orders certifying the plaintiff classes and remand for further consideration of the certification issue consistent with the guidance provided by the Supreme Court of Georgia.
VACATED and REMANDED.