What: All Issues : Making Government Work for Everyone, Not Just the Rich or Powerful : Consumer Protection : H.R. 1115. Class Action Lawsuits/Vote on a Democratic Substitute Measure Designed to Insure Timely Access to Justice for Victims of Corporate Fraud or Misconduct By Maintaining State Involvement in Class Action Lawsuits. (2003 house Roll Call 270)
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H.R. 1115. Class Action Lawsuits/Vote on a Democratic Substitute Measure Designed to Insure Timely Access to Justice for Victims of Corporate Fraud or Misconduct By Maintaining State Involvement in Class Action Lawsuits.
house Roll Call 270     Jun 12, 2003
Progressive Position:
Yea
Progressive Result:
Loss

The Bush Administration has made several efforts in recent years to limit corporate liability in cases involving medical malpractice and asbestos exposure. In a move to limit the number of class action rulings against corporations which defraud or cause serious injury to their employees or clients, the administration and GOP leaders introduced legislation which would transfer authority on the handling of class action lawsuits from state courts to the federal bench. Progressives opposed the GOP-drafted legislation; they argued that federal courts are already overburdened with cases and that the transfer of authority to the federal courts would delay justice for victims of corporate fraud or other criminal misconduct. In an effort to ease the additional caseload on federal courts, Democrats proposed a substitute bill which would have established a multi-district litigation panel to consolidate class action cases in state courts for pretrial proceedings. Progressives endorsed the Democratic bill as a way to insure timely judicial rulings on class action lawsuits. Republicans voted unanimously in opposition to the Democratic bill and the measure was rejected 170-255.

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