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House Passes Class Action, Joinder Restriction Bills

Law360, Washington (March 9, 2017, 8:38 PM EST) -- The Republican-controlled U.S. House passed a pair of litigation bills Thursday, aimed at making it more difficult to bring class actions and raising the hurdles to keeping suits in state courts, over Democratic objections the measures would hurt the public’s ability to keep companies’ abuses in check.

The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 and Innocent Party Protection Act change federal standards for class actions and standards for finding fraudulent joinder in suits, respectively. Backers of the legislation, including Judiciary Committee Chair Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said the bills would adjust the balance between abusive plaintiffs and innocent defendants....

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