Many thanks to the reader who wrote to advise that a petition for writ of mandate was recently filed with the Court of Appeal (Second Appellate District) in a case involving pre-certification communications with putative class members. Conley v. Phillips-Van Heusen, Inc., no. B194038 (petition for writ of mandate filed 09/29/06). The writ petition contains an interesting discussion of these issues from a defense perspective. For more on the recent caselaw addressing pre-certification communications with putative class members, see these blog posts.