I know there have been stories (and questions) about people who deliberately sued themselves, usually as a symbolic statement or satire.
But supposing Bob invents the designs for (Product), and then (Company) manufactures a bunch of them. Tons of people, including Bob, buy a (Product).
Unfortunately, (Product) is defective, and some of the people who bought it are granted class action status to sue Bob and (Company) on behalf of everyone who purchased the product (which seemingly includes Bob).
Is Bob automatically excluded from the plaintiff class if he's the defendant? Or does he have a duty to explicitly opt out of the class action? Or could he seriously just remain on both sides of the suit?