What: All Issues : Justice for All: Civil and Criminal : HR 2341. Class Action Lawsuits/Vote to Reaffirm Jurisdiction of State Courts in Class Action Lawsuits in Cases Where the Defendant Destroyed, Falsified, or Altered Material Evidence. (2002 house Roll Call 59)
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HR 2341. Class Action Lawsuits/Vote to Reaffirm Jurisdiction of State Courts in Class Action Lawsuits in Cases Where the Defendant Destroyed, Falsified, or Altered Material Evidence.
house Roll Call 59     Mar 13, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Over the years, class-action lawsuits had become a significant means of regulating corporate behavior by suing on behalf of a large number of wronged individuals. Republicans disliked such lawsuits, and they especially disliked how easy it was to bring these suits in state court, where the outcome more often favored the plaintiffs. Accordingly, they drafted a bill to require that more of these suits be filed in federal court. Jackson-Lee (D-TX) proposed an amendment to this bill that would prevent the move to federal court if the request was made by a party that had destroyed, falsified, or otherwise altered material evidence. Progressives favored the amendment as a way to keep more cases in state court and to hold corporations accountable for extra-legal destruction of evidence, but the amendment was rejected 177-248.

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