In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) called this a “simple, one-page bill, that furthers a common sense principle that should apply to class action lawsuits in the future.” Goodlatte added in a press release when he introduced it during the last Congress that:
“Today, the class action litigation system has morphed into an expensive enterprise where lawyers are often the only winners, and American businesses and consumers are the losers. Frivolous class action lawsuits are costing parties millions of dollars, and trial lawyers often profit at the expense of deserving victims... When baseless claims come into our courtrooms, the real losers are hardworking Americans. Today’s action addresses the abuses within our class action litigation system, and keeps baseless class action suits away from innocent parties, while still keeping the doors to justice open for parties with real and legitimate claims.”
This legislation has received criticism for making it more difficult for plaintiffs who’ve been injured to join a class action lawsuit. A column in the Los Angeles Times called the bill “Orwellian” and included a lawyer’s quote that “If your injury is different by just $1, it would preclude joining a class action.”
The House Judiciary Committee approved this bill by a vote of 19 to 12. During the last Congress, the House passed this legislation on a 211-188 vote, but it stalled in the Senate.
Media:Summary by Eric Revell
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