Why We Need The Fairness In Class Action Litigation Act

Law360, New York (March 20, 2017, 1:41 PM EDT) -- The polarized reaction to the U.S. House of Representative’s passage last week of H.R. 985, the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act (FICALA), indicates that class action and multidistrict cases are in real trouble.

While the U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform lauded FICALA as a remedy to “many of the abuses that have turned class actions and mass tort MDL proceedings into cash machines for the plaintiffs trial bar,” the American Association for Justice called the legislation an “ill-conceived plan to deprive Americans of their rights.” The chasm between these statements provides a clear contrast between the consensus with which class...

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