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House passes bill to curb class-action lawsuits

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House passes bill to curb law suits against corporation

The House passed legislation Thursday to put new restrictions on class-action lawsuits.

The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act was approved 220-201. It requires proof that each proposed member of a class-action suit has the same extent of injuries before a federal court can certify it.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) argued the overriding purpose of the bill is to make it virtually impossible for class-action lawsuits to be brought by groups of people who have been injured by a consumer rip-off, pharmaceutical drug mistake, faulty product design, sex discrimination or sexual harassment in the workplace, or lead and asbestos poisoning.

“This doesn’t formally abolish the class-action mechanism,” he said. “It’s not the guillotine, but it’s a straight jacket.”


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