‘The most intriguing idea in House Republicans’ bill to gut class actions’

“Most of the proposed procedural rule changes in Representative Bob Goodlatte’s ‘Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017’, introduced last week in the House of Representatives, are directly traceable to the business lobby’s anti-class-action talking points. Goodlatte – a Virginia Republican and chair of the House Judiciary Committee – has significantly expanded the changes he proposed last year in a similarly named bill that was approved in the House but died in the Senate. If Congress adopts Goodlatte’s bill in anything like its current form, class actions and MDLs will be a shadow of what we know today …” (more)

[Alison Frankel, Reuters, 13 February]

First posted 2017-02-14 06:48:18

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