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A court may take any evidence on any of the issues raised on whether a case should be certified as a class action. The evidence presented for certification is not limited to the issues stated in the pleadings. The court must be able to satisfy the requirements of Rule 23. Therefore it must examine the grounds for the action to identify common issues and decide if the plaintiff has a typical claim. The judge is allowed to look at a sketch of the facts to determine if they meet certification requirements but he may not cover the detailed facts.

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