What: All Issues : Justice for All: Civil and Criminal : HR 2341. Class Action Lawsuits/Vote to Allow State Courts to Adjudicate Class Action Lawsuits Involving Antitrust and Consumer Protection Violations. (2002 house Roll Call 57)
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HR 2341. Class Action Lawsuits/Vote to Allow State Courts to Adjudicate Class Action Lawsuits Involving Antitrust and Consumer Protection Violations.
house Roll Call 57     Mar 13, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Republicans believed that corporations faced too many class action lawsuits, and that these lawsuits were especially easy to bring in state court. As a result, they proposed a bill that would require more of these cases to go to federal court, where the chances of a pro-corporate decision were greater. Lofgren (D-CA) worried that the bill prevented district and city attorneys from filing public interest suits in state court. Her amendment would allow local prosecutors to bring civil (i.e., private) suits to enforce antitrust and consumer protection laws in state court. Progressives supported this change because the feared the law as currently written would discourage pro-consumer lawsuits in states whose relevant laws were stronger than the federal version. However, the amendment was rejected 194-231.

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