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HR 2341. Class Action Lawsuits/Vote to Reaffirm Jurisdiction of State Courts in Class Action Lawsuits.
house Roll Call 60     Mar 13, 2002
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

Republicans disliked the large number of class-action lawsuits brought in state courts, where the outcomes more often favored the plaintiffs and punished corporations. They drafted a bill to require that more of these suits be moved to federal court. Moreover, the bill as written stipulated that any case taken up by the federal courts and then dismissed by federal standards of procedure could not then be tried in state court under state laws. Frank (D-MA) proposed an amendment that would ensure that suits not certified as federal class actions could still be tried in state court. Furthermore, his amendment provided that the case could not later be moved to federal court unless it met current "diversity" standards for such a move-that is, that the litigants hailed from enough separate jurisdictions to warrant the move. Progressives supported the amendment as a way to move more cases back to state court and to forestall what they saw as the real motive of the bill-discouraging class action lawsuits-but it was rejected 191-234.

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