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House Passes Bill Curbing Class Action Suits
Reuters -- Susan Cornwell -- 6/12/03 04:20 PM ET
The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation that sponsors said would curb abuse of class-action lawsuits by moving most of them from state to federal courts, where judges may be less sympathetic.
According to Law.com, "[t]he bill would shift class actions from state to federal court if fewer than one-third of the plaintiffs in a case are from the same state as the defendant, and the claims total $5 million or more. The measure is retroactive to existing cases where a class has not yet been certified and allows appeals of class certification rulings. In the Senate, which presents a tougher battle for tort reformers, the bill does not include the appeals or retroactivity provisions."