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U.S. House to Vote Today on Ending Class Action Lawsuits

Do you know that the U.S. House is scheduled to vote today on essentially ending class action lawsuits?

The so-called "Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017" (H.R. 985) is sponsored by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). H.R. 985 was introduced in the House last month and was discussed by the House Judiciary Committee on February 15. Here's the February 15th hearing on it, which starts at the 9:00 mark.

To date, there hasn't been time allotted for everyone from lawyers to laymen to comment on the legislation. The bill is opposed by the American Bar Association, consumer advocates and civil rights groups.

If the bill passes, it would allow a class action to be appealed in the middle of the case, slowing the case way down, among other things. The bill also contains a requirement that each person in the class action lawsuit must show that they suffer from the same “type and scope of injury." This means everyone in the lawsuit would have to show that they share the same, exact problems and/or symptoms, which, when you're talking about thousands of claimants in one enormous corporate lawsuit, can represent a rather high bar to meet.

Ultimately, H.R. 985 as law could severely curtail the number of class action lawsuits.

So will it be full-steam ahead to voting on H.R. 985 in the U.S. House today while everyone else is talking about the horrible, awful, no-good Trumpcare bill? We'll see, but now you know there's a bill that wants to take away your collective ability to sue if you're harmed by a product or an employer.


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