SAN FRANCISCO - A Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on April 24 reversed denial of certification for a class of San Francisco police officers alleging employment discrimination, finding that the trial court "disregarded the existence of common questions of law and fact and impermissibly addressed the merits of the class's claims" (Juanita Stockwell, et al. v. City and County of San Francisco, No. 12-15070, 9th Cir.; 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 7694).