MANHATTAN (CN) – A federal judge denied without prejudice class certification for online subscribers to the Wall Street Journal who sued Dow Jones & Co. for removing free access to Barron’s online, which they were promised would be included in their year’s subscription.
U.S. District Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum ruled that it’s unclear how many members are in the putative class, and how to value their damages. “(T)he parties are still involved in discovery disputes regarding subject matter jurisdiction. Accordingly, the motion to certify the class is denied as premature. If subject matter jurisdiction is established, the motion may be renewed.”