In American Pipe & Construction Co. v. Utah,103 the Supreme Court held that the filing of a class action complaint tolls the statute of limitations for individual claims of members of the putative class until class certification is denied.104 However, the Supreme Court’s opinion in China Agritech, Inc. v. Resh clarified that there is no federal tolling doctrine that allows the filing of class action claims after the expiration of the applicable statute of limitations.105 The two different contexts should be borne firmly in mind.
103 Am. Pipe & Constr. Co. v. Utah, 414 U.S. 538, 94 S. Ct. 756, 38 L. Ed. 2d 713 (1974).
104 Crown, Cork & Seal Co. v. Parker, 462 U.S. 345, 353–354, 103 S. Ct. 2392, 76 L. Ed. 2d 628 (1983) (extending the doctrine announced in American Pipe & Construction Co. v. Utah—which tolled the statute of limitations for individuals intervening in the original suit—to individuals seeking to file their own lawsuits).
105 China Agritech, Inc. v. Resh, ___ U.S. ___, 138 S. Ct. 1800, 1806, 201 L. Ed. 2d 123 (2018).