The House Has Passed H.R.720: The Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017

Author: Jeremy Gilman (former Partner at Benesch Law)

On March 10, 2017, at 11:29 a.m., by a vote of 230 to 188, with eleven members not voting, the House of Representatives passed the Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017.  Of the “ayes,” 227 were Republican and three were Democrats; of the “noes,” 183 were Democrats and five were Republicans.  The bill was swiftly approved by the House; it was introduced January 30, 2017. Continue reading “The House Has Passed H.R.720: The Lawsuit Abuse Reduction Act of 2017”

The House Has Passed H.R.725: The Innocent Party Protection Act

Author: Jeremy Gilman (former Partner at Benesch Law)

On March 9, 2017, at 7:19 p.m., by a vote of 224 to 194, with eleven members not voting, the House of Representatives passed The Innocent Party Protection Act.  All 227 “ayes” were Republicans, and of the nays (or “noes,” as the House refers to them), 184 were Democrats and 10 were Republicans.  The bill was speedily approved by the House; it was introduced January 30, 2017. Continue reading “The House Has Passed H.R.725: The Innocent Party Protection Act”

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”