The House Has Passed H.R.985: The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017

Author: Jeremy Gilman (former Partner at Benesch Law)

On March 9, 2017, at 6:53 p.m., by a vote of 220 to 201, with seven abstentions, the House of Representatives passed The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017.  All 220 “ayes” were Republicans and of the “nays,” 187 were Democrats and 14 were Republicans.  As for the speed of its passage, consider this:  the bill was introduced in the House on February 9, 2017. Continue reading “The House Has Passed H.R.985: The Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017”

Proposed Federal Legislation Would Rewrite Class Action Law

Author: Jeremy Gilman (former Partner at Benesch Law)

On February 9, 2017, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced H.R.985 in the U.S. House of Representatives.  The Bill is titled “To amend the procedures used in Federal court class actions and multidistrict litigation proceedings to assure fairer, more efficient outcomes for claimants and defendants, and for other purposes.”  Its text can be found here:  https://goo.gl/I3iiS3.  If passed in its current form, the new statute would be called the “Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017.”  Rep. Goodlatte is the same legislator who introduced the Class Action Fairness Act in the House in 2005. Continue reading “Proposed Federal Legislation Would Rewrite Class Action Law”